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Public Health (Health Informatics) MPH (Distance Learning)

Course Description

Are you interested in understanding how using data can drive decision making and policy in public health?

In many ways, public health has been at the forefront of ‘big data’ as it touches every aspect of our life course. From birth to death, our lifestyle choices, our social and physical infrastructure and even the weather.

Staffordshire University’s Master of Public Health (Health Informatics) is an opportunity for you to gain deep and up-to-date insights into the ways that health information influences health and social care, using leading distance learning methods. This award has been carefully designed to enhance employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas, from practitioner to academic roles.

Through this course, you will learn how to correctly interpret data, looking at topics such as:
-Statistical approaches
-Effectively visualising data
-Geographical Information Systems
-Concepts of ‘big data’ including data linkage

Each module is delivered online through Blackboard VLE, providing you with truly flexible learning around your work commitments. You will receive a high level of support, enabling you to enhance your employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas.

Course content

A brief outline of the content of the modules that comprise the award is as follows:
-Epidemiology and Basic Statistics (15 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health (15 credits)
-Public Health Principles and Practice (30 credits)
-Health Informatics and Use of Health Data (30 credits)
-Public Health Routine Data Sources and Data Manipulation (30 credits)
-Masters Dissertation (60 Credits)

All modules are core, and the whole Masters comprises 180 credits in total. More detail for each module appears below.

Employment opportunities

You may already be working in a public health organisation, but completion of this award will enhance employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas, including specialist, practitioner, academic or other roles.

Other admission requirements

We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B

Visit the Public Health (Health Informatics) MPH (Distance Learning) page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You will normally possess an honours degree of class (2:1) or above or equivalent, and should have a minimum of one year’s professional experience working in a public health role, community, government setting or similar. We consider each application on its own merits however, and other qualifications and experience may be considered. Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA) can be considered. See course description for further admission details.

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