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Become a leader in public health on this dynamic Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme and make a positive change in the world.

Who is it for?

The Masters in Public Health at City is ideal for those who aspire to address contemporary health challenges at local, national and international levels. The course is global, interdisciplinary, and has a distinct focus on social, political and economic determinants of health, including mental health. By joining us on the Masters in Public Health at City you will gain cutting edge knowledge on evidence-based practice and research for leading public health initiatives.

The MPH is the most widely recognised professional qualification for leadership in public health, and this course is perfect for those who have experience of working within or using health systems, from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.

Objectives

The Masters in Public Health programme is interdisciplinary and informed by evidence-based practice, meaning you will learn about the theory and practice of public health, using case studies from all over the world.

Our international case studies cover a wide range of health challenges (including mental health, wellbeing and non-communicable diseases) to explore how public health is mapped and measured; to unpick how socio-economic and political forces shape public health around the world; and to delve into the unique ethical issues posed by public health interventions. In doing this, the Masters in Public Health will give you what you need to lead and evaluate public health programmes.

At the School of Health Sciences, we lead high-quality research and practice that advances public health, paying particular attention to the world's poorest populations. The School offers you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic research culture by interacting and learning from the expertise of eminent academic staff.

Placements

We do not have organised internships or placements as a formal requirement of the programme. We do, however, offer advice on how to secure opportunities and we support you through this experience.

City’s Career Service offers a wide range of support to enhance your employability, including skill-building workshops for resume writing and mock interviews, online job-matching, special events, and alumni networking opportunities, and individual career counselling.

Teaching and learning

We are proud to have a diverse range of students on the programme who share their experiences and learn a lot from each other. As well as coming from a wide range of countries and different backgrounds, our students bring with them a wealth of expertise. For example, we have previously welcomed students with experience in medicine; nursing; mental health; nutrition; dentistry; and those who have experience working with Governments, charitable organisations and non-governmental organisations.

You learn through a mix of lectures, class discussions, seminars, presentations, case study analyses, interactive computer-based exercises, a virtual learning environment, guided independent learning and individual supervision.

Lectures are discussion-oriented and there is a lot of group work giving you the opportunity to discuss solutions to problems, or to design a public health programmes drawn from your own experiences. Group presentations also form a significant part of the programme.

In terms of contact hours, for every 15-credit module you study, you will have 30 hours of teaching time and around 120 hours of self-directed/independent study. This means that as a full-time student you will have 3 hours of teaching time and 12 hours of self-directed study for each course each week.

Assessment

You are assessed on a range of areas including your project dissertation, exams, assignments and group work.

Modules

From the basic concepts of epidemiology to the kinds of socio-economic conditions that influence health equality, the programme’s core content gives you a strong foundation in public health theory and research methods.

There are five core modules, two electives (optional) modules and a dissertation. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to design and carry out a major research project on a public health topic of your choice. Many students use the dissertation as an opportunity to apply their learning to a public health issue that is important to them. The full course content represents 180 credits which includes 60 credits for the dissertation. As a part-time student, you will normally take 30 credits per term and as a full-time student, you will take 60 credits per term. Find out about the specific term dates here.

Please take a look at the provisional MPH timetables for Full-time and Part-time study:

This course will give you a thorough grounding in research methods so you will be able to analyse data and design evidence-based public health programmes. You will also develop a thorough understanding of public health theories – from exploring the socio-political context in which public health is positioned to unpicking the key measures you need to put in place to inform policy, practice and research.

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

Our students often move into leadership or management roles, and find the course content – which covers public health, epidemiology, global health, social determinants of health, research methods, and a range of electives - innovative, comprehensive and relevant.

MPH graduates work globally in both the private and public sectors including the NHS, international agencies, charities, industry, local government, private practice, and academic and research environments.

Students gain vital transferable skills which are applicable to all health and medical-related careers where attention to detail, conducting research and evaluation for evidence-based practice and report writing are an advantage. In addition, graduates can use the strong foundation in public health theory and research methods gained on the course to facilitate entry to professional bodies and pursue doctoral level study at City.


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

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