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Gain a Master of Public Health with the University of Edinburgh

Preparing you for a career in public or global health, research and practice.

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. Whether you are already a working professional in this area or new to the subject, this programme will equip you with the skills to address contemporary public health problems. Attracting students from across the world, our programme has a distinct global flavour, providing you with opportunities to interact with peers from across the world to analyse public health issues from a variety of perspectives.

Programme description

The Master of Public Health is a three year programme taught entirely online that offers training across a broad range of public health disciplines. 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 the social science of health.

Programme structure

You can study to Masters, Diploma or Certificate level. All students follow the same, compulsory Year One certificate level courses, which provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of public health, whilst a suite of elective courses offer students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in more depth and to tailor the programme to their own learning needs and career goals.

Year One (Certificate)

All students take the following compulsory courses:

  • Introduction to Public Health (10 credits)
  • Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Health Promotion (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Health Economics (10 credits)

Year Two (Diploma)

All students take the following compulsory courses:

  • Public Policy for Health (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Research Design for Public and Global Health (10 credits)

Students then take a further 30 credits worth of elective courses from this list.

Year Three (Masters)

Students who are eligible to progress to Year Three can choose:

A dissertation project (if agreed by the programme directors), worth 60 credits


A compulsory 20 credit individual project titled “Integrating Public Health Practice” plus 40 credits of elective courses from this list.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in medicine, nursing, social science, science, biomedicine, or other related discipline.

Further information on English language requirements can be found on the University website.

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.


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