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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Course Description

The essence of public health is to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life. It focusses on populations and is concerned with whole system approaches rather than on individuals. Public health professionals include those from a wide variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine and dentistry, environmental health, public policy, law and social sciences.

The three functions of public health include the assessment and monitoring of community needs for health and wellbeing, the formulation of policies that promote health and wellbeing and to ensure that equal access to appropriate care and services is prioritised.

Our programme will enable you to develop the appropriate skills through training that covers epidemiology and research methods, statistics, public health foundations and an understanding of the epidemiology of infection, disease and injury. You will also have the opportunity to choose particular modules that suit your future career plans.

This MPH is run with association with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) http://www.hyms.ac.uk and the department is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) http://aspher.org/

Our expertise

When you join our department you will benefit from training at one of the UK's top health services research, health economics and public health research environments. The department is ranked first in the country for research environment and 7th nationally for public health, health services and primary care in the latest national assessment the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) http://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/news-and-events/news/2014/ref2014/

Who is eligible?

The public health training offered at York is suitable for those from a wide variety of disciplines who plan to work as public health practitioners, to become researchers, to work in governmental or non-governmental organisations in the UK or internationally for those who wish to go on to study medicine or for a PhD. The course also provides a solid foundation for those planning to take the membership examination of the Faculty of Public Health.

Previous students have included:

Policy makers
Medical students in training who 'intercalate'
Biomedical scientists

Course content

Training involves one-year full-time (3-days a week) or two-years part-time (1-2 days a week) with the option to exit from the course with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health after successful completion of the taught modules.

The course is modular and provides a range of compulsory and optional modules that will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, practice and experience to improve your understanding of:

research methods applicable to population-based research
the impact of major communicable and non-communicable diseases on population health globally
effective methods of disease prevention and health promotion
health inequalities and their effect on health and wellbeing
health systems approaches to public health globally
public health practice and policy
epidemiology and statistics
the theory and practice of health promotion
ethics and human rights in health practice
leadership and management skills.


To find out what the course covers, click here: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/public-health/#tab-3


The dissertation will enable you to conduct an in-depth piece of work using a range of methods which might include an extended literature review, a systematic review, collection and analysis of primary data or secondary analysis of a quantitative or qualitative dataset that has already been collected. You will be guided through this process by a member of staff who will act as your supervisor. The purpose of the dissertation is to consolidate the learning from the taught and optional modules and from your own prior learning and experience and to further the development of your skills as an independent public health researcher.

Entry Requirements

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge, interest and experience in public health.

The Department of Health Sciences' minimum English language requirement is a total IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or equivalent. To find out more, click here: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool/public-health/#tab-4

Click here to hear what our students say about the course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-77iwBPCpA

The Department of Health Sciences, University of York also offers:

MSc in Applied Health Research https://www.findamasters.com/search/masters-degree/i376d151c194/msc-applied-health-research
MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs https://www.findamasters.com/search/masters-degree/i376d151c28886/msc-in-international-humanitarian-affairs
MPhil in Health Sciences https://www.findamasters.com/search/masters-degree/i376d151c197/mphil-in-health-sciences

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

(Student Profile)

Dr Ganesh Veerasekar

2433.jpg I graduated from the Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme in 2013. I chose this programme specifically because, as a medical graduate, I thought this programme would open up more opportunities for me, both to increase my knowledge in the field of research and to strengthen my skills in public health administration.

I decided to study at York because the University of York, even though not a very old university, has good reputation in terms of students’ satisfaction and ranking. York is also one of the oldest cities in UK, it is a traditional, beautiful and romantic city and is one of the best places in England.

I am now working as a clinical epidemiologist and work alongside physicians in various specialities to encourage them to create formal publications on their previous work experiences. I also work as a principal investigator for the Hospital Based Cancer Registry (HBCR). Alongside this, I work as a coordinator for a pilot project named STEMI, which is about providing a proper channel for developing countries to transport patients who have suffered a heart attack efficiently and within a short time span to centres with advanced facilities like percutaneous interventions (PCI-Stenting) and thrombolysis. This project relies on a public/private partnership to build a system.

The knowledge of epidemiology, research methodology and biostatistics I learned on my programme has helped me in my work. The knowledge I gained on international health policy is very helpful in setting up developmental programmes in India.

I benefited a lot from this programme. The course is short, very straightforward and catered to everyone on the course. I gained knowledge in a systematic way, and I have gained enough insight into what I really need to know.

(Student Profile)

Faith Alfa

2434.jpg Approachable staff

I like the fact that you can talk to all of the staff in the Department, both academic and non-academic. So far it’s been very easy for me to talk to all of them when I have had a problem. I just email or go to the Department and try and see them. They’ve been very helpful.

Different perspectives

The Masters in Public Health is interdisciplinary – it enables you to interact with people from different professions and backgrounds and so work with people from different areas. It’s always interesting to be able to approach a solution to a problem from many different angles, backgrounds and countries.

The modules

I have enjoyed modules like health economics and epidemiology. The epidemiology module has enabled me to look at the determinants and distribution of diseases. Also health economics has looked at countries where resources are limited and helps you think about how to address health problems when resources are limited.

The lectures

I like the way the lectures are structured. We have an hour of lecture then a coffee break and then we convene for an interactive session and workshop. During the lectures we are taught what we need to know, then you are able to have a rest for a while and then we come back and put into practice what you’ve learnt. So the fact that you are tested is really good because it really checks to see if you’ve actually learnt from the lecture.


Entry Requirements

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of public health.

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