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Master of Public Health (International Health)

Course Description


Taught by internationally renowned epidemiologists and experts in tobacco control along with a range of other specialists, the Masters in Public Health (International Health) provides students with the theoretical knowledge and skills required for public health practice, including skills to manage, initiate, implement and assess changes. Aligned with our Masters of Public Health, this is a specific pathway to meet the needs of students wishing to study public health with an emphasis on international health issues.

Based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, the School of Community Health Sciences has a strong record of supporting and developing professional careers through our postgraduate taught courses, and in helping our students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to take up new opportunities in fields related to their previous qualifications.

Who is it suitable for?

The Masters in Public Health with International Health is aimed at students looking to focus on international health. It is ideal for those who work, or would like to work, in public health research, international public health, health information systems and health statistics.

You will gain skills that are highly valued by a range of employers, including statistics and research methods. Our graduates are highly sought after for careers in academic institutions, national health services, government and non-government organisations, and industry. Many of our students also go on to further study at PhD level.

How it works

The course is modular and can be studied over one year full-time or two years part-time. International students must study on a full-time basis.

The course has three main components, core modules relating to essential public health and international disciplines; optional modules allowing you to explore your individual interests; and a dissertation, integrating the knowledge gained throughout the course.

We also offer optional in-depth courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and statistics.

Why else should I choose Nottingham?

With more than 20 years’ experience of public health education we offer:
- a multidisciplinary education environment
- a flexible structure to allow different pathways through the programme to masters, diploma or certificate level
- opportunities for close collaboration with the National Health Service, local authorities, Health Protection Agency (Public Health England April, 2013), and the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies

Be taught by national and international multidisciplinary experts, committed to research and training in investigating the occurrence, causes and prevention of disease in populations.

The Division of Epidemiology and Public Health acts as the hub of the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS), a network of nine universities in the UK. The UKCTCS was established in June 2008 and includes world renowned epidemiologists in tobacco control.

What our students say

In a recent survey of students on the Masters in Public Health (International Health) as well as the Masters in Public Health and MSc Applied Epidemiology, 100 % of respondents praised the enthusiasm of the lecturers, whilst 96% said the course was well-organised and that students were actively encouraged to take part in class discussion.

Watch our student videos (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/chs/divisions/eph/study/videos/index.aspx) to find out more about what our current students think of the course.

Key facts

- The course is linked to both the well-established Masters in Public Health and our MSc Applied Epidemiology
- Our flexible modular structure allows for different pathways through the course, including certificate and diploma routes
- We offer a wide range of optional modules
- Our students come from a variety of backgrounds
- We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate

Visit the Master of Public Health (International Health) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dr Ruby Mcharo

2451.jpg "I chose The University of Nottingham because it is one of the world’s great universities committed to providing true international education and offering a range of scholarships to African students; and it is highly research based with a vibrant reputation.

The University of Nottingham has a very supportive and conducive environment to study; the departmental and administrative staff are always around and happy to help, and there are lots of resources for learning. The University's teaching package goes beyond the classroom environment to educational field trips that rekindles historical events such as Thackray Museum and the Holocaust Centre.

For international students whom English is not a first language, a number of sessions are offered to improve students’ competence in English language for communication and writing skills. My experience with the University teaching and assessment setting was slightly different from what I was used to back home, but this was no obstacle to the great learning environment I had. My lecturers and supervisors were approachable and highly committed to support. Course and assignment requirements were made clear at the beginning of the modules and that made the assessments and exams uncomplicated and fair. At the end of every module, students are asked to give feedback and suggestions for module improvement. The International Health course that I undertook is well structured with experts from different African, Asian and European countries that have vast experience in the different sessions they teach.

With the knowledge I gained from the international public health course I am now in a better position to initiate positive change in my community, by brainstorming questions for research, collecting proper data and implementing relevant solutions through health education and formulation of proper health policies that meet its needs.

The International Office personnel offer great assistance to international students in all endeavours from application processes until when the course ends, and you are never alone. Extra curricular activities organised by different societies and unions at the university provide a platform for easy and affordable sightseeing of the beautiful land of the Queen, during semester breaks. Nottingham city is a perfect place to live as a student, with affordable costs and a wide variety of shops to shop from and entertainment to party at.

Being a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship recipient, I would not think twice to advise any international student to join The University of Nottingham and experience its hospitality and academic excellence."


Developing Solutions - 20+ Awards

Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.Over the past 12 years we've supported over 1,000 students from the developing countries of the Commonwealth and Africa to study at The University of Nottingham.Developing Solutions scholarships for 2015 entry are now open for applications.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30 x 100% tuition fee and 75 x 50% tuition fee


You can apply for this scholarship if you:--are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India or one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND
--are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
--have not already studied outside of your home country** AND
--are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND
--already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2015 in certain faculties including the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Application Procedure

The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 April 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time).Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship. Any application for admission to study submitted later than six weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.

Further Information



Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme - 9 Awards

The University of Nottingham is delighted to offer this scholarship in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) for students studying in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences on one of the courses listed below.Please also read the 2015 Shared Scholarships information (http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/shared-scholarships/info-candidates/) for candidates on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full Scholarships


Please follow the web links for eligibility details.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is 20 March 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time). Please visit the scholarship website for more details.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Masters Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

Applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012
In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)Women in STEM (restricted programmes)Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student.

Application Procedure

Application detailsApplications for this scholarship will open shortly. Follow the web link to find out more.

Further Information



Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information - http://www.chevening.org/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable subject to country of origin


To apply for a Chevening Scholarships you must have:a degree of a good standard
at least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience)
a high standard of English language
leadership and networking skills
commitment to work in your home country for at least two years after completing your masters degree

Application Procedure

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information on applying - http://www.chevening.org/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant degree with vocational experience. English language requirements: IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).

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