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Master of Public Health MPH

Course Description


Taught by internationally renowned epidemiologists, experts in tobacco control, public health and health protection, the Masters in Public Health provides students with the theoretical knowledge of public health as well as the skills required for public health practice, including skills to manage, initiate, implement and assess changes.

Based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, the School of Community Health Sciences has a strong record of supporting and developing professional careers through our postgraduate taught courses, and in helping our students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to take up new opportunities in fields related to their previous qualifications.

Who is it suitable for?

The Masters in Public Health is ideal for those who work in public health related fields including health services, local authorities, voluntary sector, health service research, health information, health protection and public health specialty training.

You will gain skills that are highly valued by a range of employers. Our graduates are highly sought after for careers in national health services, government and non-government organisations, academic institutions and industry. Our former students have gone on to work in a range of careers including Directors of Public Health, Consultants in Public Health, Environmental Health, Health improvement, Mental Health and Academic public health.

What skills will you gain?

You will gain skills that are highly valued by a range of employers. Our graduates are highly sought after for careers in national health services, government and non-government organisations, academic institutions and industry. Our former students have gone on to work in a range of careers including Directors of Public Health, Consultants in Public Health, Health improvement and Academic public health.

How it works

The course is modular and can be studied over one year full-time or two years part-time.

The course has three main components, core modules relating to essential public health disciplines; optional modules, allowing you to explore your individual interests; and a dissertation, integrating the knowledge gained throughout the course.

We also offer optional in-depth courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and statistics.

Why else should I choose Nottingham?

With 20 years’ experience of public health education we offer:

- a multidisciplinary education environment
- a flexible structure to allow different pathways through the programme to masters, diploma or certificate level
- opportunities for close collaboration with the National Health Service, local authorities, Health Protection Agency (Public Health England from April 2013), and the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies
- opportunities to study with students from different countries

Be taught by national and international multidisciplinary experts, committed to research and training in investigating the occurrence, causes and prevention of disease in populations.

The Division of Epidemiology and Public Health acts as the hub of the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS), a network of nine universities in the UK. The UKCTCS was established in June 2008 and includes world renowned epidemiologists in tobacco control.

What our students say

“I feel I’ve gained a huge amount from coming to The University of Nottingham. I’ve met people from all over the world who work in public health, I’ve developed my critical thinking skills, I’m completing my dissertation and I just feel overall I’ve developed my confidence and education and knowledge around public health.” Masters in Public Health

In a recent survey of students on the Masters in Public Health as well as the Masters in Public Health (International) and our MSc Applied Epidemiology, 100 % of respondents praised the enthusiasm of the lecturers, whilst 96% said the course was well-organised and that students were actively encouraged to take part in class discussion.

Key facts

- 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the Masters in Public Health
- Our flexible modular structure allows for different pathways through the course
- We offer a wide range of optional modules
- Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and countries
- We have over 400 graduates working throughout the world
- We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate

Visit the Master of Public Health MPH page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

David Stacey, Programme Manager, Strategy and Performance, Public Health Directorate, Lincolnshire County Council

2452.jpg "Having decided to embark on a postgraduate qualification in Public Health I naturally asked around the office. Whenever I asked the advice of colleagues in Public Health about undertaking an MPH it was Nottingham which came up time and again as the MPH of choice. One of the key benefits to me of undertaking the MPH in Nottingham has been the fact it is a taught course attracting a real range of students. Being given the opportunity to work with other students from all sorts of different professional backgrounds and from different parts of the world has enabled me to place the debates about critical areas of Public Health policy and practice into the widest possible context. This has been invaluable in widening my public health knowledge. The staff at Nottingham are really supportive and have been a huge source of knowledge, expertise and encouragement and their diverse backgrounds helps to provide a real balance to the course with so many and varied skills upon which the department can draw."

(Student Profile)

Kirsty Pitt

3358.jpg Having studied for my undergraduate degree in pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, I already knew of the high quality teaching and research that the University offers, so it was a natural choice for me when deciding to undertake a Masters in Public Health (MPH).

I really enjoyed my year doing the MPH. I learned a lot both from the teaching sessions and from the experiences of others taking the course, who came from a variety of backgrounds from across the world. The staff on the course are all willing to help as you go through the course and there is a really friendly and supportive atmosphere.

I particularly valued the opportunity to develop my skills in data analysis and critical appraisal, and to put these into practice through completing my own research project. The skills I learned on the course enabled me to develop my career and are invaluable in my new role at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested!


Developing Solutions - 20+ Awards

Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.Over the past 12 years we've supported over 1,000 students from the developing countries of the Commonwealth and Africa to study at The University of Nottingham.Developing Solutions scholarships for 2015 entry are now open for applications.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30 x 100% tuition fee and 75 x 50% tuition fee


You can apply for this scholarship if you:--are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India or one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND
--are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
--have not already studied outside of your home country** AND
--are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND
--already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2015 in certain faculties including the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Application Procedure

The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 April 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time).Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship. Any application for admission to study submitted later than six weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.

Further Information



Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme - 9 Awards

The University of Nottingham is delighted to offer this scholarship in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) for students studying in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences on one of the courses listed below.Please also read the 2015 Shared Scholarships information (http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/shared-scholarships/info-candidates/) for candidates on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full Scholarships


Please follow the web links for eligibility details.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is 20 March 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time). Please visit the scholarship website for more details.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Masters Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

Applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012
In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)Women in STEM (restricted programmes)Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student.

Application Procedure

Application detailsApplications for this scholarship will open shortly. Follow the web link to find out more.

Further Information



Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information - http://www.chevening.org/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable subject to country of origin


To apply for a Chevening Scholarships you must have:a degree of a good standard
at least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience)
a high standard of English language
leadership and networking skills
commitment to work in your home country for at least two years after completing your masters degree

Application Procedure

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information on applying - http://www.chevening.org/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant degree with vocational experience. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Last Updated

11 November 2016

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details

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