MPH Public Health (Web-based Learning) / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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"The MPH has taught me more about the strategy and development of health services nationally than I had bargained for.
"The course means a great deal, as it has shaped and changed me as a person and my thoughts irrevocably."Emily Dobson / Data Insight Analyst at Saint Michael's Hospice
Our distance learning Master of Public Health (MPH) course meets the training needs of health professionals around the world who are interested in a career in public health or those seeking new skills in this area.
Contemporary public health practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible, with a broad experience of a range of subject areas.
This course will equip you with:
- 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.
We offer a number of different pathways including PGCert, PGDip and MPH awards.
You can see what our Student Ambassadors have to say about our MPH course and contact them with any questions.
You will be taught by professionals working in the field of local, national and international public health. There is an emphasis on applying your learning to real life public health issues.
All of the course content is delivered online, enabling you to fit study around other commitments. A three-day residential induction is held in Manchester at the start of the course, but attendance is not compulsory. There are both fully online and blended options where face-to-face sessions are planned.
Learn with students from around the world
You will be able to mix with students from a range of disciplines from all over the world. We have over 1,500 alumni from more than 80 countries.
If you have an interest in a specialised approach to public health, you can also opt to take the Master of Public Health (Global Health) stream.
Additional course information
We run induction sessions for all new students starting our Public Health and Primary Care courses.
A three-day residential course is held at the University at the beginning of the academic year.
The course is designed to introduce you to the content and technology used throughout the programmes. It is also an opportunity for you to meet academic, e-learning and support staff.
You are encouraged to attend the residential course and many students find it very beneficial.
However, due to the international nature of our programmes, attendance is not compulsory.
The residential course includes:
- an introduction to the core units
- an opportunity to meet tutors, e-learning support staff and administrators
- an introduction to the online learning environment
- an introduction to the library and e-resources at Manchester
- an opportunity to present your work and hear about work undertaken by other students
You will be required to provide your own transport and accommodation for the residential course.
Confirmation of attendance on the residential induction will be sought once you have applied for the course.
We offer an online induction unit for all students. This is ideal if you cannot attend the residential, as it covers the basic information that you will need to get started on the online programme.
Teaching and learning
Some course units require your participation throughout and some of the optional units are blended, which require a mandatory face-to-face element. Please check whether your chosen course unit includes any face-to-face teaching days, as this is clearly stated in the Course Unit Overview. If a student is unable to attend a face-to-face component due to mitigating circumstances, they may be permitted to repeat this unit in a subsequent year. However, if you are unable to attend the face-to-face sessions, please do not choose one of the blended units. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if this is likely to be a problem.
Coursework and assessment
Course unit details
The MPH and PG Diploma courses both have one core unit that you must complete: Evidence Based Practice.
You are then able to select your remaining seven units from a pool of more than 20 optional units, including some blended learning with face-to-face study options.
If you elect to study the Global Health specialist stream, you will have an additional core unit.
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.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Evidence Based Practice||POPH60041||15||Mandatory|
|Evidence Synthesis: Systematic Reviews||DENT68001||15||Optional|
|Guideline Development and Implementation||DENT68012||15||Optional|
|Oral Health & Disease in Populations||DENT76061||15||Optional|
|Implementing Strategy in Dental Services||DENT76072||15||Optional|
|Health Promotion Theory & Methods||POPH60021||15||Optional|
|Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain||POPH60062||15||Optional|
|Working with Communities||POPH60072||15||Optional|
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What our students say
"One of the highlights was serving as a student representative for two academic years, a position that guaranteed regular interaction with staff and a diverse student community from tens of countries.
"This was an experience that further strengthened my communication, teamwork, problem-solving and other transferable skills."Ben Wamamili / Medical Doctor and PhD student in New Zealand
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability and Advisory Support Service .