Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society. Whether you are already a working professional in this area, or new to the subject, this Master of Public Health (MPH) is the ideal programme for those wishing to address today’s problems in public health.
Our MPH programme provides students with an understanding of how different scientific disciplines can be used to investigate and then develop the best professional practice in epidemiology, public health and the social science of health.
After successful completion of year one, you can choose to follow a general Public Health programme or a programme specialising in the important global health area of Noncommunicable Diseases.
This programme is taught by lecturers based at the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute, which is part of the Edinburgh Medical School. The Usher Institute is an interdisciplinary research and teaching hub which draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care and biomedical and social sciences. The Centre for Population Health Sciences, within the Usher Institute, is also a WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy, an interdisciplinary network which aims to improve global health through collaborative, interdisciplinary research, education and resource development:
Our online learning platform is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
You can study to Masters, Diploma, or Certificate level. All students follow the same compulsory Year One Certificate-level courses, which provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of public health, whilst a suite of elective courses and a specialist strand in noncommunicable diseases offer students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in more depth and to tailor the programme to their own learning needs and career goals.
Year One (Certificate)
All students take the following compulsory courses:
Year Two (Diploma)
If you have satisfactorily completed the Certificate level, you can decide whether you want to follow a general Public Health programme or a more specialist programme in Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases). Regardless of which path you decide to follow, if you would like to do a dissertation, the following courses are compulsory:
Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma Public Health
Students planning to do a dissertation in Year Three should choose elective courses totalling exactly 40 credits. At least 20 credits must be chosen from the elective courses list A (see below). Students not planning to do a dissertation should choose elective courses totalling exactly 60 credits. At least 40 credits must be chosen from the elective courses list A (see below).
Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases)
The following courses are compulsory for all students following the Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases) programme:
Students following the Public Health (Noncommunicable Diseases) programme and not planning to do a dissertation should choose exactly 20 credits from either list A or B of elective courses below.
Year Three (Masters)
Students who have completed the Diploma level and are eligible to progress to Year Three can choose either to take a further 60 credits of elective courses (at least 40 of which must be chosen from the elective courses list A) or to do a dissertation project (if agreed by the programme directors), worth 60 credits. The dissertation option will only be available to students who have met the stipulated academic requirements.
Students who complete the Masters degree successfully will graduate with one of the following degree titles, depending on which strand they have selected:
The programme will prepare you for a career in research or academia, professional public health service, clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, public-health protection and a wide range of national and international organisations concerned with preventing disease and improving the health of populations.
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The Education for Health Professions course aims to enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of educational principles and values so as to develop their expertise in teaching, assessing and supervision in clinical and academic settings
- granted approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for a recordable teaching qualification
- accreditation from the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) for Membership and Higher Education Academy (HEA) for Fellowship and Associate Fellowship
Teaching and Employability:
- successful completion enables the student to apply for full membership of AoME without going through the individual assessment process
- the programme facilitates teaching experience within an academic setting for those students who are either seeking an NMC recordable teaching qualification or who have an interest in developing their career in teaching within the academic setting
Part one of the course is split into core and optional modules. Education for the Health Professions course students progress to part one after successful completion of part one and will then undertake the dissertation module.
Although there are no specific placement opportunities during the Education for the Health Professions course, the College is able to facilitate teaching experience within the academic setting for those students who are either seeking an NMC recordable teaching qualification or who have an interest in developing their career in teaching within the academic setting.
Education is a core element of professional practice. Mentors, supervisors and teachers are vital to the preparation of the next generation of practitioners and clinicians.
However the role of the healthcare educator in a clinical setting is complex in terms of combining teaching activities with clinical commitments and contextualising the activities within different programmes, professional requirements and individual learners’ needs.
The Education for the Health Professions course has been designed specifically to meet the needs to the healthcare professional engaged in education in the clinical and/or academic setting.
The Education for the Health Professions Programme will enable the student to develop an in-depth understanding of educational principles and values so as to develop their expertise in teaching, assessing and supervision in clinical and academic settings.
It aims to:
- develop an in-depth understanding of educational issues, principles and values so as to develop expertise in teaching, assessing and supervision
- develop the core skills of critical analysis, evaluation, synthesis, creative and reflective thinking
- conduct research into their own educational practice
- promote inter-professional collaboration and understanding across a range of health; professions in relation to the practice of education
- develop their ability to design and adapt their teaching and assessing to maximise the learning potential inherent in the range of settings in which they teach and develop their ability to research their practice as educators
The Education for Health Professions degree is driven by educational practice.
Education for the Health Professions course students learn about, from and for educational practice. Students are required to identify an appropriate practising physician for the duration of the programme that will support and facilitate learning in the workplace.
Modules on the Education for the Health Professions course may include:
Assessment and Feedback
Designing and Evaluating Your Teaching
Teaching and Learning for Practice Teachers
Teaching and Learning for the Health Professions' Educators
Mentoring and Supervision
Researching Educational Practice
Leadership in Practice
Evidence and Theory Based Education
Teaching and Learning in Practice
The Education for the Health Professions programme provide students with the opportunity to teach and develop their careers within healthcare education across a number of sectors including further education, higher education, the NHS, Adult and Community Education, as well as private training providers.
The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.
In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.