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Public Health (MPH) [Web-based Learning]

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Course description

  • The skills and knowledge to apply to public health concerns at local, national and international level
  • The ability to apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations
  • The capability of meeting core-competencies in public health

Special features

We hold a two day face-to-face residential induction at the university for first year students at the start of their studies. Attendance is not compulsory, but this provides a good introduction to online learning and a general orientation to the programme. It also provides an opportunity to meet other students and tutors.

Online induction sessions are held for those unable to attend the residential induction or for any student who would like more support during registration.

New for 2014 is a short online general introduction to public health and postgraduate level education, featuring short videos, quizzes and other material produced by some of the leaders in public health here at Manchester. This is a non-assessed unit, but one which all public health students must work through before their first assignment.

The programme has a dedicated team of eLearning technologists to help support you throughout your studies and resolve any issues you might have on a one-to-one basis.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered online, allowing you to study flexibly at a pace that suits your own requirements. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place to ensure your progression, both within an individual unit and across the programme as a whole.

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand you knowledge base. There are no written exams; assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.

Course unit details

The MPH and PG Diploma programmes both have three core units that you must complete: Evidence Based Practice, Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

You are then able to select your remaining five units from a pool of more than 15 options, including some blended learning and face-to-face study options.

If you elect to study for a specialist stream then you may have an additional one or two core units. Students on the Postgraduate Certificate programme can choose to study any four units available on the MPH programme.

After completing all of the taught units, students on the MPH degree will study for their dissertation. You will be able to choose from a range of different dissertation models designed to cater for different work situations and interests, students then submit their own proposal for review and discussion.  When your proposal is approved you will be assigned a dissertation tutor.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: