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Course content

The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is designed to prepare students for leadership in scientific and management roles in Public Health. It attracts students from clinical and health related disciplines from all over the world.

Why study Public Health at Dundee?

This course provides high quality training in the application of epidemiological, statistical and behavioural techniques used in public health practice and research.

You will have the opportunity to improve generic and transferable skills and will be ideally placed to pursue a career in research or public health practice. The MPH also provides an ideal springboard for further postgraduate study at PhD level.

What's so good about studying Public Health at Dundee?

"My experience with the MPH course was positive in every respect. From the quality of the teaching to the academic support by members of the department, it was a highly rewarding experience. I would strongly recommend the MPH course at the University of Dundee"
Dr Thaofiq Olatunde Ijaiya (MPH, 2007)

"The MPH provides an invaluable experience of being taught by inspiring academics with excellent research experience in the field"
Tony Barr, Programme Manager - Nursing (MPH, 1996)

"The design and execution of the MPH programme was very good. However, I was most fulfilled during the research dissertation stage. It was a wonderful experience and I am prepared for the future research challenges."
Dr Ekwem Divine (MPH, 2010)

Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught predominantly by staff from the School of Medicine and guest lecturers from further afield.

The full time MPH course lasts for one year. The taught component takes nine months and is followed by research leading to a dissertation. All students initially enrol on a diploma programme (DipPubH) which includes the taught component only. To progress to the Masters programme and undertake the Masters dissertation students must obtain an overall pass of 60% in the taught component. Both programmes may be undertaken on a part-time basis.

This course has one start date - September

How you will be taught

The course is focussed on the academic needs of its students but also provides emotional and pastoral care as required. The inclusion of optional modules creates flexibility, which allows students to tailor the MPH to their specific requirements.

A variety of teaching and assessment methods are used to give students the best possible learning opportunity
Students are given formative assessment on all assignments

Students have a spacious teaching room with networked computers at their disposal

Lecturers operate an open door policy and students are encouraged to seek advice/help at any time

Students are given the opportunity to choose a dissertation topic which reflects their interest, then advised on the most appropriate supervisor

The rich research environment within the Division gives students the opportunity to work on a range of topics

The Division has weekly research seminars during term time, to which students are invited to attend
What you will study

The programme consists of the following modules

Public Health
Introduction to Clinical Statistics
Research Methods
Behavioural & Social Science
Applied Epidemiology
Statistics for Clinical Trials
Applied Statistics with Routine Health Datasets
Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Data Visualization
Spatial Epidemiology

Students studying for a Master of Public Health then undertake research and write a dissertation.

How you will be assessed

The student's performance is monitored by continuous assessment throughout the programme. Written and oral examinations are held in December, March and May. Examinations are graded passes (A to D) or fail.

Students must obtain grade D or above in all written and oral examinations in order to be awarded the Diploma.

To be eligible to progress from the Diploma onto the Masters, students must pass the examination of each subject and achieve a minimum overall pass at B or above (60%).


The MPH prepares students for research and management careers in public health and also a variety of medical and health related disciplines.

Previous students graduating with the MPH from Dundee have taken up management positions in public health practice, nursing, professions allied to medicine, education, government, WHO and NGOs; and research positions within academic public health, general practice, acute medicine, nursing, professions allied to medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and environmental health.

The MPH also provides an ideal springboard for further postgraduate study at PhD and MD level.

"I had a wonderful time during my stay at Dundee. Scotland as a whole and Dundee in particular have very friendly and hospitable people. This course is a well-balanced general MPH course. It will provide the prospective students with a good foundation and skill set to advance their career in research, management or academics.
Syed Asif Shah, MD. MPH. MBA. FACC. FACP, Assistant professor of Cardiology (MPH 1990)

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





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