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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
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  • Read more about how the programme is taught

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 - MPH page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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