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Master of Public Health (International) PGCert/PGDip/MPH

Course Description

This programme provides public health professionals with an understanding of the health needs of populations and how to effectively intervene to strengthen health systems and improve health in an international context.

You can learn to:

  • analyse issues in health policy and understand how to improve health services using epidemiology, statistics and evidence-based public health interventions
  • develop the essential skills to improve existing (and build new) health services programmes and management systems
  • evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible programmes
  • discuss ethical issues, and adopt and justify an appropriate ethical stance.

You’ll benefit from an international learning environment, with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.

The Public Health (International) Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc is designed for district and provincial medical officers, communicable disease controllers and other reproductive and child health programme officers, health service managers, community nurses, health educationalists and general medical practitioners.

On this programme (PGDip or MSc) you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with World Health Organization staff and visits to other organisations, such as the United Nations and UN High Commission for Refugees, Red Cross, World Vision, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Hospital Federation, GAVI Alliance and the World Council of Churches.

Course structure


Compulsory modules

  • Foundations of International Health 30 credits
  • Principles of Public Health (International) 30 credits 

For more information on typical modules, read Public Health (International) PGCert in the course catalogue


Compulsory modules

  • PGCert modules


  • Health Systems Research Methods 15 credits 

For more information on typical modules, read Public Health (International) PGDip in the course catalogue


  • PGDip modules


  • Master of Public Health (International): Dissertation 45 credits 

For more information on typical modules, read Public Health (International) MPH in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Under the guidance of academic tutors who have all worked in resource-limited settings, you develop core skills and knowledge early in the programme, which you build on with your chosen modules in specialist fields of public health, planning and management. Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to plan, initiate, execute and complete a substantial piece of independent research, with support and guidance.

The programme introduces essential learning skills for postgraduate level study, with particular emphasis on the challenges facing those returning to study. Building your Learning Portfolio encourages you to develop a reflective approach, which can form the basis of career-long independent learning and continued professional development.

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work. Some study sessions use the University's computer resources, with support for students less familiar with information technology. You have access to electronic copies of all teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment.

You’ll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals.

Our students often benefit from the international learning environment on our International Health and Development programmes, where you learn and discuss with fellow-health professionals from a range of countries and professional backgrounds.


Each module is assessed through a combination of written coursework, presentations and assignments. The MSc also includes a 10,000-word dissertation on your original research project

For this programme there is also a written examination on basic epidemiology and statistics.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in ministries of health, international organisations, NGOs, universities, consulting firms and private health providers.

The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development programmes at Leeds for almost 30 years and so has a large alumni network of health managers and planners holding senior positions around the world.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Visit the Master of Public Health (International) PGCert/PGDip/MPH page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

PGCert: View Website
PGDip: View Website
MSc: View Website

Last Updated

11 August 2017

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