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Public Health MPH

Course Description

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

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

This programme is taught by lecturers based at the University of Edinburgh Usher Institute Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS). CPHS is an interdisciplinary research hub which draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care and biomedical and social sciences. The Centre is also a WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training.

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

Programme structure

You can study to Masters, Diploma, or Certificate level. All students follow the same, compulsory certificate level courses but then tailor their year two and three courses to their individual interests and needs.

Year One (Certificate)

All students take the following compulsory courses:

Epidemiology for Health Professionals (20 credits)
Health Systems Analysis (20 credits)
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (10 credits)
Introduction to Health Promotion (10 credits)

Year Two (Diploma)

All students take the following compulsory course:

Research skills for public and global health (10 credits)

Students then take a further 50 credits worth of elective courses, at least 30 credits of which must be chosen from list A (see below).

Year Three (Masters)

Students who have completed the diploma level and are eligible to progress to year three can choose either to take a further 60 credits of elective courses (at least 40 of which must be chosen from list A) or to do a 60 credit dissertation project (agreed by the programme directors).

List A:

Introduction to systematic reviews (10 credits) – all students planning to do a dissertation must take this course in year two.
Public health epidemiology (10 credits)
Intermediate epidemiology (10 credits)
Introduction to environmental and occupational epidemiology (10 credits)
Data analysis for epidemiology (10 credits)
Statistical modelling for epidemiology (10 credits)
Societies, reproduction and health (10 credits)
Introduction to global health (10 credits)
Globalisation and noncommunicable diseases (10 credits)
The global burden of mental illness (10 credits)
Palliative and end of life care in an international context (10 credits)
Maternal health (10 credits)
Child development and wellbeing in a global context (10 credits)
Evaluation of global health and development programmes (20 credits)
Project management for effective global public health programmes (10 credits)

List B:

Global health challenges: an introduction (20 credits)
Introduction to global ehealth (10 credits)
Mhealth in high and low resource settings (10 credits)
The business of ehealth (10 credits)
The communication of disease control (10 credits)
Principles and practice in public engagement with science (10 credits)
Introduction to clinical trials (20 credits)
An introduction to one health (20 credits)
Community acquired infections and public health (10 credits)

Specialise in global noncommunicable disease

Our MPH (online) is the only Master’s programme we are aware of that allows you to specialise in the pressing issue of global non-communicable disease. Students wishing to take this option should choose the following courses in year two:
Introduction to global health (10 credits)
Globalisation and noncommunicable diseases (10 credits)

Online Learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

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.

Prefer to study on-campus (full- or part-time)? We also offer an on-campus Masters in Public Health. Find out more here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/molecular-clinical-medicine/mph

Visit the Public Health MPH 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. The closing date to apply for 2016/17 is 22 August 2016.

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