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Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) MPH/PGDip/PGCert


You are reading course information for the 12-month variant of Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) programme. If you are interested in the 18-month variant, please visit our website.

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
  • communicate, plan and manage tasks independently and as part of a team
  • 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 to strengthening health policy for government and NGO sectors.

On this programme you have the opportunity to take part in a study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with various health-related UN and other international organisations. In the past, these have included the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNAIDS, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), International Labour Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and GAVI Alliance.

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.

You can also study this subject at Master of Public Health – HMPP (18 months with a research project); Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate level (3 months).

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.

Course content

The compulsory modules lay firm foundations for your learning throughout the programme:

  • Introduction to Global and Public Health – introduces concepts, approaches and practices of international health, health systems development and disease control.
  • Principles of Health Management, Planning and Policy - examines health systems challenges in resource-limited countries and develops epidemiological skills for addressing public health concerns.

The 10,000-word dissertation (desk based) you write in your final semester gives you space for in-depth examination of an area of health management, planning and policy that’s relevant to your work or career plans.


Compulsory modules

  • Master of Public Health International: Dissertation
  • Introduction to Global and Public Health
  • Principles of Health Management, Planning and Policy
  • Health Systems Research Methods

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Implications of Conflicts and Emergencies on Health and Healthcare Systems
  • Human Resources Planning and Management for Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • International Health Policy: Geneva Study Tour
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Health Promotion
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health System Strengthening
  • Health Systems Development and Leadership
  • Health Economics for Developing Health Systems

Learning and teaching

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials and case studies. Some study sessions use the University's computer resources, with support for students to enhance their competence in the use of information technology.

You’ll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals. You will also have access to the newly refurbished Worsley Building with new teaching and post-graduate social space.


Each module is assessed through a combination of written assignments, group and individual presentations, reflective logs, a written examination on epidemiology and statistics and a 10,000-word dissertation on your original research project.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

How to apply


By clicking this button, you will be applying for the 12-month variant of Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) programme, if you are want to apply for the 18-month variant, please go to the correct course page and click on the apply button there.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.


  • UK/EU: £9,500 (total)
  • International: £20,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

The cost of the optional one-week trip to Geneva (see Course Overview) is not included in the course fees. Students pay a contribution towards their travel, accommodation, visa and insurance costs, and the Nuffield pays the rest of these costs. (Students who choose the study trip as an optional module pay a smaller contribution than students who attend the study trip for their professional development only.)

Career opportunities

Graduates from the programme can work with ministries of health, international organisations, NGOs, universities, consulting firms and private health providers. For example our graduates work in Médecins Sans Frontières, the Red Cross, Save the Children and the World Health Organisation at international, country, region and district levels.

We also have graduates who have pursued PhDs and are now working in major academic and research institutions.

Visit the Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) MPH/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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