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Master of Public Health - MPH


University of York Department of Health Sciences

Full time & Part time September Other

About the course

The essence of public health is to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life. 

This course will prepare you to become a public health professional ready to address local and global health problems. You’ll learn about multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches and be taught by researchers who are experts in epidemiology, evidence synthesis, randomised controlled trials and social medicine.

We offer you a range of options so that you can develop both the core disciplines you need for public health practice and study a number of specialised aspects of public health including health policy, public health research, or global and humanitarian work.

The MPH is run in collaboration with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).

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Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent, or a medical degree. Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a 2:2 (or equivalent) and sufficient relevant work experience eg in the health, humanitarian, or human/social development sectors.



Where will I study?

Where is University of York


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Dr Ganesh Veerasekar

2433.jpg I graduated from the Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme in 2013. I chose this programme specifically because, as a medical graduate, I thought this programme would open up more opportunities for me, both to increase my knowledge in the field of research and to strengthen my skills in public health administration.

I decided to study at York because the University of York, even though not a very old university, has good reputation in terms of students’ satisfaction and ranking. York is also one of the oldest cities in UK, it is a traditional, beautiful and romantic city and is one of the best places in England.

I am now working as a clinical epidemiologist and work alongside physicians in various specialities to encourage them to create formal publications on their previous work experiences. I also work as a principal investigator for the Hospital Based Cancer Registry (HBCR). Alongside this, I work as a coordinator for a pilot project named STEMI, which is about providing a proper channel for developing countries to transport patients who have suffered a heart attack efficiently and within a short time span to centres with advanced facilities like percutaneous interventions (PCI-Stenting) and thrombolysis. This project relies on a public/private partnership to build a system.

The knowledge of epidemiology, research methodology and biostatistics I learned on my programme has helped me in my work. The knowledge I gained on international health policy is very helpful in setting up developmental programmes in India.

I benefited a lot from this programme. The course is short, very straightforward and catered to everyone on the course. I gained knowledge in a systematic way, and I have gained enough insight into what I really need to know.


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2434.jpg Approachable staff

I like the fact that you can talk to all of the staff in the Department, both academic and non-academic. So far it’s been very easy for me to talk to all of them when I have had a problem. I just email or go to the Department and try and see them. They’ve been very helpful.

Different perspectives

The Masters in Public Health is interdisciplinary – it enables you to interact with people from different professions and backgrounds and so work with people from different areas. It’s always interesting to be able to approach a solution to a problem from many different angles, backgrounds and countries.

The modules

I have enjoyed modules like health economics and epidemiology. The epidemiology module has enabled me to look at the determinants and distribution of diseases. Also health economics has looked at countries where resources are limited and helps you think about how to address health problems when resources are limited.

The lectures

I like the way the lectures are structured. We have an hour of lecture then a coffee break and then we convene for an interactive session and workshop. During the lectures we are taught what we need to know, then you are able to have a rest for a while and then we come back and put into practice what you’ve learnt. So the fact that you are tested is really good because it really checks to see if you’ve actually learnt from the lecture.


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