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The essence of public health is to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life. It focusses on populations and is concerned with whole system approaches rather than on individuals. Public health professionals include those from a wide variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine and dentistry, environmental health, public policy, law and social sciences.

The three functions of public health include the assessment and monitoring of community needs for health and wellbeing, the formulation of policies that promote health and wellbeing and to ensure that equal access to appropriate care and services is prioritised.

Our programme will enable you to develop the appropriate skills through training that covers epidemiology and research methods, statistics, public health foundations and an understanding of the epidemiology of infection, disease and injury. You will also have the opportunity to choose particular modules that suit your future career plans.

The MPH is run in association with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and the department is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

Who is eligible?

The public health training offered at York is suitable for those from a wide variety of disciplines who plan to work as public health practitioners, to become researchers, to work in governmental or non-governmental organisations in the UK or internationally for those who wish to go on to study medicine or for a PhD. The course also provides a solid foundation for those planning to take the membership examination of the Faculty of Public Health. Previous students have included:

-Policy makers

-Lawyers

-Paramedics

-Nurses

-Midwives

-Medical students in training who 'intercalate'

-Doctors

-Biomedical scientists

-Dentists

-Pharmacists

-Anthropologists

-Historians

Course content

We are constantly working to improve our research-led curriculum to help you gain the knowledge you need to develop as a public health professional. This course will provide you with a grounding in research methods, epidemiology and biostatistics. You will then have the opportunity to choose modules that suit your career goals.

You'll study a range of compulsory and optional modules that will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, practice and experience to improve your understanding of:

  • research methods applicable to population-based research
  • the impact of major communicable and non-communicable diseases on population health globally
  • effective methods of disease prevention and health promotion
  • health inequalities and their effect on health and well-being
  • health systems approaches to public health globally
  • public health practice and policy
  • epidemiology and statistics
  • the theory and practice of health promotion
  • ethics and human rights in health practice.

The course runs over one year for full-time students (three days a week) or two years for part-time students (one to two days a week).

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You will learn via a combined variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops as well as collaborative group work. We also use the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support our teaching activities.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Health Sciences which is based on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College on Campus West (Seebohm Rowntree Building and the Alcuin Research Resource Centre).

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed throughout the course using a range of methods including written essays, policy documents, presentations and examinations.

Careers and skills

The Master of Public Health degree is known worldwide. Graduates are sought after the world over. The range of opportunities is vast and will depend on what your own career goals are.

Our graduates have undertaken exemplary work worldwide including dealing with disease outbreaks, such as Ebola, developing community health clinics in remote areas, working in hospitals, leading government and non-government agencies, working as public health consultants and working in leading humanitarian organisations. Some graduates also choose to go onto further PhD study and of course our intercalating students continue with their medical degrees. The MPH is run in collaboration with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).

Career opportunities

  • Public health consultant
  • Biomedical researcher
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Data analyst
  • Hospital director
  • Public health administrator

Transferable skills

  • Add transferable skills

Scholarship

Applications are invited for a studentship for either the Master of Public Health or MSc in Applied Health Research hosted within the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, commencing September 2019.

More information can be found in the Scholarships section below.


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

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