Public Health (MPH) [Web-based Learning] - Online

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  • Objectives
    By the end of the course, students should be able to: -assess evidence that underlies health practice -develop a population focus to health issues -develop skills to contribute to public health policy-making -develop skills necessary to research and answer population health questions
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements: As a minimum entry requirement for graduate study you should have an undergraduate degree (with a minimum 2.2 classification). In all cases the degree held must be from a recognised institution. Relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification, but enrolment will only be on the Diploma in the first instance.
  • Academic title
    Public Health (MPH)
  • Course description
    Course description
    The MPH is the first web-based public health Masters programme in the UK. The programme aims to provide students with the skills needed to develop a critical evidence-based approach to the promotion of public health and primary care.

    The programme is suitable for any public health or primary care professional wanting to develop public health or research skills, CPD, top-up training for voluntary registration, public health trainees and the MFPH examination, and fourth-year intercalating medical students.

    A number of pathways can be followed through this course leading to different awards, as follows:

    MPH - Masters of Public Health: the evidence-based approach


    MPH (Public Health)

    MPH (Primary Care)

    MPH (Health Protection)

    MPH (Health Promotion)

    Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

    Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health

    Individual Course Units
    A two-day residential is held at the University at the beginning of the academic year which students are recommended to attend, although it is not compulsory as the same induction material is available online.

    Flexible training packages include a Masters; a postgraduate diploma; a postgraduate certificate and individual courses as part of the Public Health Professional Development (PHPD) programme.

    Module details
    Course units can be taken as part of a programme or individually as stand-alone courses. All course units except the dissertation are worth 15 credits.

    -Masters requires 180 credits
    -Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits
    -Postgraduate Certificate requires 60 credits


    The dissertation is worth 60 credits and can take one of five options:

    -Research report
    -Research protocol
    -Public health intervention plan
    -Public health report
    -Qualitative study

    Part-time students are advised to take at least two core course units in the first year of the course, or the first semester for full-time students.

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