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Public Health Online Distance Learning (MPH/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Public health aims to promote health, prevent disease, reduce inequalities in health, and prolong life. The population perspective of public health ensures that its practitioners are well placed to improve health wherever they are. Our Master of Public Health degree has been offered by the University for 35 years and we are now offering for the first time an online Masters in Public Health beginning in September 2016.

Why this programme

• The University of Glasgow has provided education in public health since 1839 and has offered a diploma in public health since the early 20th century. The Master of Public Health programme has been offered here continuously since 1981.
• The Master of Public Health programme will be taught by academics from a wide variety of organisations and disciplines including: Environmental protection, public health medicine, sociology, and health economics.
• Public health has a central role in guiding health care practice, influencing health policy, protecting the public, and improving population health. If you work or intend to work in an organisation which has public health responsibilities or aims to improve population health then this programme will be suited to you.
• The programme will be multidisciplinary in focus and it is envisaged will attract students with undergraduate degrees in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health related specialisms.
• During each course, you will interact with your teachers and fellow students each week using online discussion boards. Your teachers will direct and observe the discussion, and respond to student questions about the course content.
• The Master of Public Health programme will be useful to practitioners of public health and those seeking to enter this field.
• Public Health at the University was among the earliest academic fields to move towards a multidisciplinary range of programmes involving staff from a number of areas. Current disciplines represented include: Health promotion, health protection, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, and health economics.
• Public health practitioners are employed in health services, academia, national and local government, the voluntary sector, as well as in international humanitarian relief.

Programme Structure

You will attend interactive lectures, seminars and individual tutorials and take part in project and team work.

Core courses
• Principles of public health
• Introduction to epidemiology

Optional courses (one course chosen)
• Further epidemiology and statistics
• Globalisation and public health
• Health economics
• Health promotion: principles and practice
• Psychosocial approaches to public health

Core Courses (semester one)

[Principles of Public Health]
Aims: The course aims to provide a foundation in public health for students. It will introduce the fundamental concepts of health and illness and the factors that influence health in different settings.

[Introduction to Epidemiology (semester one)]
Aims: To introduce students to the epidemiological approaches that are used to understand the health of populations.

Optional Courses (choose one)

[Health Economics]
Aims: This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of health economics, its value and limitations. The course presents the principles of health economics and the techniques of economic appraisal.

[Health Promotion: Principles and Practice]
Aims: To introduce students to the theoretical approaches and practice of health promotion. This includes the planning and evaluation of health promotion programmes at local, regional and national levels.

[Psychosocial Approaches to Public Health]
Aims: To explore the main psychological and sociological concepts of direct relevance to public health.

Further Epidemiology and Statistics

Aims: To build on the concepts and methods introduced in the Introduction to Statistical Methods course and the Introduction to Epidemiology course. To introduce students to the application of more advanced but commonly used methods of analysis of data; to give students practical experience of the application of these methods to the analysis of data using a suitable statistical computing package (currently STATA). To demonstrate the application of epidemiological principles and interpret the rationale for and results of statistical analyses applied to specific areas, including: cardiovascular disease, cancer, psychiatric disorder.

Globalisation and Public Health

Aims: The course aims to provide an overall view of globalisation and its impact on public health. It will examine major themes within the globalisation debate, looking at a number of global challenges and their overall impact on health and the burden of disease.

Online distance learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for -without having to relocate to our campus.
You do not need to have experience of studying online as you will be guided through how to access and use all of our online resources.

Virtual learning

You will connect with your fellow students and tutors through our virtual learning environment where you will have access to a multitude of learning resources including:
• recorded lectures
• live seminars
• videos
• interactive quizzes
• journal articles
• electronic books and other web resources

A global community

As an online student at the University you will become part of a global community of learners. Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online delivery and you will be encouraged and supported to interact with your fellow classmates and tutors in a number of ways. For example, through the discussions areas on our virtual learning environment, by skype, during live seminars and in our virtual campus on Second Life.


Great emphasis is placed on making sure you feel well supported in your learning and that you have good interactions with everyone on the programme. Support is available in a number of ways and you will find out more about this during orientation.

All you need to participate in our online programmes is a computer and internet access.

Computer requirements for your online studies can be found at the following link: http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_425588_en.pdf

Visit the Public Health Online Distance Learning (MPH/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A relevant first degree, at least at 2:1 honours level, or equivalent in addition to a minimum of six months work experience in public health or health care. Exceptionally, if a first degree is not relevant then a professional qualification and experience in the practice of public health for at least two years at a professional level is required.

Course Fees

MPH £10000 (total fee, incremental payment schedule available), PgDip £6667, PgCert £3333

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