Public Health (MPH) [Web-based Learning]
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The MPH was the first web-based public health Masters programme in the UK. The programme aims to provide students with the skills needed to develop a critical evidence-based approach to the promotion of public health and primary care.
The programme is suitable for any public health or primary care professional wanting to develop public health or research skills, CPD, top-up training for voluntary registration, public health trainees and the MFPH examination, and fourth-year intercalating medical students.
A number of pathways can be followed through this course leading to different awards, as follows:
Master of Public Health (MPH) : the evidence-based approach Streams:
- MPH (Public Health)
- MPH (Primary Care)
- MPH (Health Promotion)
- MPH (Health Protection)
- MPH (Global Health)
- MPH (Global Health and Emergency Humanitarian Assistance)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
- Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
- Individual course units
A two-day residential is held at the university at the beginning of the academic year which first year students are recommended to attend, although it is not compulsory as the same induction material is available online.
Flexible training packages include a Masters, a Postgraduate Diploma, a Postgraduate Certificate and individual courses as part of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Assess evidence that underlies health practice
- Develop a population focus to health issues
- Develop skills to contribute to public health policy-making
- Develop skills necessary to research and answer population health questions
Additional course information
We offer a flexible and diverse approach to learning, ensuring we meet the needs of public health professionals world-wide. There are currently over 300 students from 40 countries on the course. Students have unparalleled access to a huge range of resources, which are being developed for online use, and one of the best university libraries in the UK.
These programmes are hosted by the Institute of Population Health and the School of Medicine. Research centres within the Institute of Population Health include:
As one of the highest-ranking universities in the UK that aspires to be one of the top research-led universities in the world, Manchester has a wide community of researchers and learners. Projects undertaken by students are likely to be supervised by researchers from one of the research centres within the Institute of Population Health, who also create the course material with the teachers of the course.
Teaching and learning
Online course delivery
The primary method of course delivery is via the internet, using technology that allows tutors to encourage active communication and discussion between participants on the course. This enables students to learn through easy access to a wealth of web-based materials and published articles, from the course tutors, and from each other:
Annual residential course
A two-day residential is held at The University of Manchester at the beginning of the academic year. It is designed to give everyone the necessary technical training and a general orientation of the materials that students use throughout the course. First year students are encouraged to attend the residential but it is not compulsory as the same induction material is available online:
Coursework and assessment
Assessment is by submitted assignments, there are no examinations.
For more details, please see: Assessment.
Course unit details
Course units can be taken as part of a programme or individually as stand-alone courses. All course units except the dissertation are worth 15 credits.
- Masters requires 180 credits
- Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits
- Postgraduate Certificate requires 60 credits
For further details, see: Programme structures
The dissertation is worth 60 credits and can take one of six options:
- Research grant proposal
- Quantitative research report using existing data
- A complete or adapted systematic review
- An academic public health report / health needs assessment
- Outbreak investigation
- A qualitative or theoretical study
For full course unit details see: Course units (PDF, 400 KB)
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