This programme deals with the management, planning and policy issues for public health services in countries with developing health systems. It will help you acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for building new health services and improving existing health systems.
You’ll learn to:
take a proactive role in problem-solving, critically reviewing evidence and arriving at informed decisions
design the investigation of a specific public health management issue, collect and analyse data, and make recommendations for further development
evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible programmes
review policies, situations and issues in the field of health management, planning and policy-making, with particular reference strengthening health policy for government and NGO sectors.
The programme also helps you to develop analytical thinking, independent learning and an awareness of continuing professional development opportunities.
You’ll study in an international learning environment with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.
The programme is delivered by Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.
On this programme (unless you are a PG Cert student) you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with World Health Organization staff and visits to other organisations, such as the United Nations (UN) Office at Geneva, UNAIDS, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), GAVI Alliance and the Geneva Global Health Hub.
Some modules include opportunities to visit health facilities in Leeds and discuss management issues with public health and/or health services managers.
This Master of Public Health (MPH) - Health Management, Planning and Policy programme is for you if you are a more experienced policy-maker, planner or manager working in a developing health system. You could be working in:
national, federal or state ministries of health at both senior and middle levels
national health programmes
NGOs and international organisations
training and research institutions.
The 12-month variant concludes with a 10,000-word dissertation which you write in your final semester which gives you spaces for in-depth examination of an area of health management, planning and policy that is relevant to your work or career plans. The 18-month variant replaces the dissertation with an independent research project in which you will design and carry out a study, involving primary data collection, to investigate a public health management issue in your workplace, or an organisation of your choice.
Please contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences admissions team if you need further advice on which programme would be best for you.