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Course content

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?

This course is for professionals from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds who aspire to solve public health problems. Students often want to move into a leadership or management role and find the content – which covers everything from planning evaluation studies to designing a public health programme – comprehensive and relevant.


The Masters in Public Health programme will equip you with skills in research methods and theoretical knowledge in public health sciences, which you will need to lead and evaluate public health programmes.

Our approach is non-clinical and informed by evidence-based practice. We explore how public health is mapped and measured, and use case studies to unpick how socio-economic and political forces influence the public health agenda. We also consider the unique ethical issues that arise within public health interventions.

As a School 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 interact and learn from the expertise of eminent academic staff, specialising in diverse topics.


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

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.


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


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 seven core modules and a dissertation. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to design and carry out a major research project in 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 take 30 credits per term and as a full-time student you will take 60 credits per term.

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.

Public Health modules
-Public health (15 credits)
-Epidemiology (15 credits)
-Global health (15 credits)
-Social determinants of health (15 credits)

Research methods modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Advanced data analysis (15 credits)
-Advanced research methods (15 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits) - Drawing on your research skills and theoretical knowledge developed from the other core modules, you will investigate a particular problem or issue within your specialist area of interest. This will enable you to further develop your abilities in research design, data collection, analysis and critical interpretation.

Career prospects

The Masters in Public Health is an internationally recognised degree. Our graduates work globally in the public and private sectors including international agencies, charities, government, industry and private practice.

From international NGOs to government ministries of health, donor organisations and the NHS, you will graduate with the ability to apply your skills in conducting research, report writing and leading public health programmes. In addition, you will be able to use the strong foundation in public health theory and research methods gained on the course to work within professional bodies and study at doctoral level.

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






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