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Master of Public Health (MPH)

This online programme is aimed at health professionals who want to work in public health or acquire new skills in this area.

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

Year of entry: 2016

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Overview

Course overview

Contemporary public health practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible, with broad experience of a wide range of subject areas.

Our distance learning Master of Public Health (MPH) course helps meet this requirement by equipping you with:

  • the skills and knowledge to apply to public health concerns at local, national and international level;
  • the ability to apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations;
  • the capability of meeting core competencies in public health.

Our course is suitable for health professionals currently in work, but we have also had intercalating medical students interested in working in public health, general practice or low-income countries study with us.

Students with an interest in a more specialised approach to public health can opt to take one of our MSc degree streams in Health Promotion, Primary Care, Global Health, and Global Health and Emergency Humanitarian Assistance.

We offer three core compulsory course units:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics.

You can then choose the remaining units to take. You can see a full list of units and details of their content in the Course details tab. 

We also hold an optional two-day face-to-face residential induction at the University for first-year students at the start of their studies, offering the opportunity to meet tutors and other students on the course.

Our dedicated team of e-learning technologists will offer support throughout your studies and resolve any issues you might have on a one-to-one basis.

CPD opportunities

We offer a number of our units as standalone CPD courses. See our page for the Personal Professional Development programme in public health and primary care to find out more.

Learn more

More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
MPH
Duration
1 year FT, 2.5 -5 years PT
Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of an Upper Second honours degree or the overseas equivalent.

Significant relevant research or professional experience may be considered in place of an academic qualification lower than an Upper Second.

Applicants who fail to meet the required entry criteria for the course will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on another route of the course such as a postgraduate certificate or diploma. These students may be allowed to progress to the full MSc course if they pass the course at the required MSc level.

International students must have an equivalent classification and you should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Typically 80 places.
Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1648
How to apply

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our course and make the admissions process as quick and easy as possible, we recommend that you read the below guidance.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is 1 September 2016. Late applications may be considered. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. Contact pgt.medicine@manchester.ac.uk if you have problems.

Application

Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents.

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than three years. We do not contact referees directly, so please inform them yourself.
  • Copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English).
  • Copies of official University transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • A personal statement of approximately 300-500 words about why you wish to take this course and how it will affect your personal and professional development. This statement should try and refer to your current role.
  • Full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to pgt.medicine@manchester.ac.uk . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

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Course description

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) course offers an innovative approach to learning that meets the training needs of health professionals interested in a career in public health or those seeking new skills in this area.

Contemporary public health practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible, with a broad experience of a range of subject areas.

This course will equip you with:

  • the skills and knowledge to apply to public health concerns at local, national and international level;
  • the ability to apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations;
  • the capability of meeting core-competencies in public health.

We offer a number of different pathways including:

  • postgraduate certificate;
  • postgraduate diploma;
  • Master of Public Health.
Those with an interest in a more specialised approach to public health can opt to take one of our MSc degree streams in Health Promotion, Primary Care, Global Health, and Global Health and Emergency Humanitarian Assistance.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPH (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £7,700
    International students: £13,000
  • MPH (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £855 per 15 credits and £855 for dissertation
    International students: £1,444 per 15 credits and £1,444 for dissertation
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £855 per 15 credits
    International students: £1,444 per 15 credits
  • PGDip (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £6,840
    International students: £11,552
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £855 per 15 credits
    International students: £1,444 per 15 credits

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to a yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Additional expenses

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and examinations required for the course, but you are likely to incur some additional costs:

  • maximum of one core text book per unit (approximately £30 per book);
  • communication costs for internet use and telephone;
  • a statistical software package (approximately £20).

Core textbooks and a copy of the statistical software are provided free for all international fee-paying students.

Costs may also be incurred for travel, subsistence and accommodation charges during the following optional events or units:

  • the residential course for first year students;
  • the UK Leadership and Public Health Strategy blended learning unit;
  • the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance blended learning unit.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L - Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a Certificate, 45 credits to a Diploma and 60 credits to an Masters.

If an AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and the administrative charge is applied.