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Master of Public Health (Distance Learning)

Course Description

About the course

If your life and work mean you are too busy to attend the University in person, or you live outside the UK, you can take the MPH online. You can study part-time, completely online. You do not need a UK study visa to take the online course.

As a student on this course, you can take between two and four years to finish the MPH. Or you can take individual modules, as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

Your career

We can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to understand and improve health services: analytical skills, critical thinking and in-depth knowledge of your discipline. We offer postgraduate courses for health and social care professionals, managers and anyone planning a career in health services research.

Our graduates work in public health, the private sector, health services management, and health and social care, all over the world. They also go on to further public health training or academic research.

An international academic community

As one of the largest multi-disciplinary schools of public health and health services research in the UK, ScHARR is a rich academic community. You will be taught by world-leading experts in health economics, public health sciences, the sociology of health, health psychology, decision analysis, management sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics and information science. They include members of The Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Public Health. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us fourth in the UK for research power.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and offer international perspectives to all our courses.

Flexible study routes

We offer both traditional campus-based and online courses. Our high quality online courses are taught by the same expert academic staff who teach our courses in Sheffield and offer an alternative to coming to the UK. Guided by our staff, you can study at a pace that suits your personal circumstances. This can be an effective route for those who need to continue to work while they study. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are also available.
You can also study individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). See the ScHARR web pages for details of available modules. For LBR and CPD information, visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hsccpd


You’ll have 24/7 access to library and computing facilities. We provide specialist information and library services in our information resources section.

Core modules

Epidemiology; Health Promotion; Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal; Introduction to Research Methods; Systematic Approaches to Evidence Assessment; Key Issues in Global Public Health; Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

Choices include: Leading and Managing Health Services; Using Health Policy to Strengthen Health Systems; Communicable Disease Control; Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers.

Teaching and assessment

The course is taught entirely online. You study at your computer in your own time. Teaching methods include video, podcasts and web lectures. Assessment is by coursework and online exams.

Visit the Master of Public Health (Distance Learning) page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree, or a medical degree or significant experience in public health. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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