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MPH (Masters in Public Health) International Development (taught with the School of Health and Related Research)

Course Description

How we teach

Our staff are active researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields. That research informs our masters courses. As well as the usual lectures and seminars, there are practicals, lab classes, field trips and research projects.

Facilities and equipment

A new £1m Sediment-Solute Systems lab enables geochemical analysis of aqueous and solid phases, especially in the context of biogeochemistry. We have equipment for chromatography, UV spectrometry and flow injection/auto analysis.

Our sample preparation facilities enable digestion, pre-concentration by evaporation under vacuum, and tangential flow filtration. There are alpha and gamma counters, a laser particle sizer and a luminescence dating lab. Field equipment includes automatic water samplers, weather stations, data loggers and environmental process characterisation sensors.

We have high-quality petrological microscopes for examining geological samples. We have labs for spectrometry and for palaeontological preparation, and you’ll also have access to specialist facilities in other departments at the University.

Laptops, camcorders, tape recorders and transcribers are available for your fieldwork. Our postgraduate computer labs have networked workstations for GIS research and climate modelling, ARC/INFO, ERDAS software and specialist software for remote sensing. GIS facilities are also provided by the £5m Informatics Collaboratory for the Social Sciences.

Our new postgraduate media GIS suite has facilities for Skype, video conferencing, web design, video editing and creative media.


Most of our courses involve fieldwork. The MPH, MSc and MA International Development take students on a 10-day field trip where they put their research skills into practice. Recent classes visited the West Pokot region of Kenya, urban and rural areas of Nepal, the suburbs of Cairo and India.

Core modules

Ideas and Practice in International Development; Introduction to Research Methods; Key Issues in Global Public Health; Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems; Dissertation with Placement; Professional Skills for Development; International Development Field Class, currently in either Kenya or Nepal.

Examples of optional modules

Data, Visualisation and GIS; Living with Climate Change in the Global South; The Political Economy of Natural Resource-led Development in the Global South; Epidemiology; Health Promotion; Informatics for Public Health; Communicable Disease Control; Disaster and Emergency Management; Cities of Diversity; Cities of ‘the South’: planning for informality.

Teaching and assessment

There are seminars, lectures, workshops, reading groups. You also do some fieldwork. You’re assessed on coursework assignments, project work and a dissertation.

Visit the MPH (Masters in Public Health) International Development (taught with the School of Health and Related Research) page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Ceri Averill

The teaching is really good here, it's a very supportive environment. The course combines my interests in health and international development, it covers current global issues. I went to Kenya earlier this year. It was good to get experience of working 'in the field'. I plan to volunteer abroad for a year after graduation.

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Adamu Sule

I am a Nigerian medical doctor with a deep interest in public health. My career goal is to become a public health and international development specialist. The MPH in International Development has equipped me with the skills to face the public health and international development challenges in the workplace. The core field class to Kenya has provided me with practical field experience. The placement based dissertation I have to undertake in Malawi and the World Health Organisation headquarters, Geneva, will offer me the opportunity to work in a professional organisation to gain valuable experience for future careers.

Studying in Sheffield is exciting, with no compromise in the teaching facilities. Our experienced lecturers make the learning atmosphere another home away from home for overseas students like me. The course is made up of innovative modules which have not only developed my expertise in interventions needed to improve the health of the communities in developing countries but also helped me develop several transferable skills.

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Katherine Cobb

My course has given me a fantastic opportunity to broaden my horizons beyond my medical background. The international development side has provided the opportunity for travel to both Kenya and Ghana and given me the flexibility to focus on my own interests. The course attracts a strong mix of international students and it’s allowed me to make some great friends from all around the globe.


Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree in geography or a related subject, or an equivalent recognised qualification. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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