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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2-3 years part time (distance learning)

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    18 January 2018

Course content

Our distance learning Master of Public Health (MPH) course meets the training needs of health professionals around the world who are interested in a career in public health or those seeking new skills in this area.

Contemporary public health practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible, with a broad experience of a range of subject areas.

This course will equip you with:

  • the skills and knowledge to apply to public health concerns at local, national and international level;
  • the ability to apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations;
  • the capability of meeting core-competencies in public health.

We offer a number of different pathways including PGCert, PGDip and MPH awards.

Special features

Flexible learning

All of the course content is delivered online, enabling you to fit study around other commitments. A three-day residential induction is held in Manchester at the start of the course, but attendance is not compulsory. There are both fully online and blended options where face-to-face sessions are planned.

Learn with students from around the world

You will be able to mix with students from a range of disciplines from all over the world. We have over 1,500 alumni from more than 80 countries.

Specialisation options

If you have an interest in a specialised approach to public health, you can also opt to take the Master of Public Health (Global Health) stream.

Additional course information

We run induction sessions for all new students starting our Public Health and Primary Care courses.

Residential induction

A three-day residential course is held at the University at the beginning of the academic year.

The course is designed to introduce you to the content and technology used throughout the programmes. It is also an opportunity for you to meet academic, e-learning and support staff.

You are encouraged to attend the residential course and many students find it very beneficial.

However, due to the international nature of our programmes, attendance is not compulsory.

The residential course includes:

  • an introduction to the core units;
  • an opportunity to meet tutors, e-learning support staff and administrators;
  • an introduction to the online learning environment;
  • an introduction to the library and e-resources at Manchester;
  • an opportunity to present your work and hear about work undertaken by other students.

You will be required to provide your own transport and accommodation for the residential course.

Confirmation of attendance on the residential induction will be sought once you have applied for the course.

Online induction

We offer an online induction unit for all students. This is ideal if you cannot attend the residential, as it covers the basic information that you will need to get started on the online programme.

Our e-learning team will also run online drop-in sessions for all students from the start of Semester 1, where there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have as you begin your studies.

Scholarship induction

Each year, staff from our programmes will visit one or more of the African scholarship countries to host an induction session for scholarship students.

This will be similar to the residential induction hosted at Manchester.

Teaching and learning

This course is mostly delivered online, allowing you to study flexibly at a pace that suits your own requirements. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place to ensure your progression, both within an individual unit and across the course as a whole.

There are a number of course units that require your participation throughout, and some with a face to face element. Please contact  if this is likely to be a problem.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. There are no written exams; assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.

Course unit details

The MPH and PG Diploma courses both have two core units that you must complete: Evidence Based Practice and Fundamentals of Epidemiology.

You are then able to select your remaining six units from a pool of more than 15 options, including some blended learning and face-to-face study options.

If you elect to study the Global Health specialist stream, you will have an additional core unit.

Students on the PGCert are required to complete Evidence Based Practice as a core unit and then you can choose to study any three units, of those available for the MPH.

After completing all of the taught units, students on the MPH degree will study for their dissertation. You will be able to choose from a range of different dissertation models designed to cater for different work situations and interests. Students then submit their own proposal for review and discussion. When your proposal is approved you will be assigned a dissertation tutor.

Career opportunities

Most of our students complete the course part-time while working in a wide variety of jobs and sectors.

Some use their experience and qualification to help them move into predominantly public health-related roles.

Many of our students - eg health promotion staff, GPs, hospital doctors, pharmacists, infection control nurses, managers and researchers - take the course to give them public health skills and expertise to apply within their own profession and/or setting.

Intercalating medical students from Manchester and elsewhere take the MPH if they are interested in careers in public health, general practice or work in a low income country.

Visit the Public Health (Web Based Learning) (MPH) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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