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Public Health Masters

Course Description

Programme description

Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society.

This is the ideal programme if you are a professional or new to the subject and you wish to address today’s problems in public health.

This programme is taught on-campus, but we also offer a part-time MPH by online distance learning which may suit those who wish to continue working while studying, or who are unable to come to Edinburgh.

You will gain an understanding of how different scientific disciplines can be used to investigate and then develop the best professional practice in epidemiology, public health and social science, ethics and health.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Programme structure

The year is divided into two semesters of taught courses, followed by completion of a dissertation between May and August.

Teaching is by lectures, seminars and workshops. Course assessments are mainly essay-based, with a few examinations and presentations.

Your dissertation can involve either a review of existing research or analysis of data from a secondary source or data collected especially for your dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction to Qualitative Research
Introduction to Research Ethics
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Systematic Reviews

Optional courses:

Advanced Protocol Development
Clinical Trials
Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health
Developing and Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions
Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
Epidemiology for Public Health
Further Statistics
Genetic Epidemiology
Global Health Epidemiology
Health Promotion
Introduction to Global Health
Investing in Global Health and Development
Public Health Ethics
Qualitative Research in Health
Resource Allocation & Health Economics
Sociology of Health & Illness
Statistical Modelling

Career opportunities

The programme will prepare you for a career in research or academia, professional public-health service, clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, public-health protection and a wide range of national and international organisations concerned with preventing disease and improving the health of populations.

Visit the Public Health Masters page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK; China 80-85%; India 60%; Nigeria 3.5/Upper Second; North America 3.25). Overseas applicants from regions not listed here can request specific entry requirements from the programme team. For those with non-health related backgrounds or those who have been out of full-time education for some time, both academic qualifications and work experience will be considered.

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