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MPH Public Health (Web-based Learning) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Emily Dobson - Master of Public Health

"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.

Special features

Expert teaching

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.

Flexible learning

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.

Specialisation options

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.

Residential induction

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.

Online induction

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

Most of our courses are delivered completely online. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place throughout the unit, with specific deadlines for all summative assessments.

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 if this is likely to be a problem.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your 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

Students on the PGCert are required to complete Evidence Based Practice as a core unit and then you can choose to study any three units, of those available for the MPH.

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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
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
Health Economics POPH60091 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60092 15 Optional
Applied Epidemiology POPH60112 15 Optional
Practical Statistics for Population Health (formerly Biostatistics) POPH60982 15 Optional
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 15 Optional
Communicable Disease Control POPH62051 15 Optional
Health Systems Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries POPH62212 15 Optional
Global Health into the 21st Century POPH62311 15 Optional
Global Women's Public Health POPH62411 15 Optional
Primary Health Care POPH63111 15 Optional
Qualitative Research Methods POPH63121 15 Optional
Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience POPH64132 15 Optional
Implementation Sciences POPH64551 15 Optional
Health Services Management POPH64662 15 Optional
Intercultural Public Health POPH64772 15 Optional
Arts and Public Health POPH65011 15 Optional
Digital Public Health POPH65022 15 Optional
Climate Change and Health POPH65042 15 Optional
Introduction to Health Policy POPH65052 15 Optional
Infection Prevention & Control POPH65552 15 Optional
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What our students say

Ben Wamamili - Master of Public Health

"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

Read stories from Emily Christopher and  Ogochukwu Okoye about their experience of the course.

You can also see what our  Student Ambassadors have to say about our MPH course and contact them with any questions.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability and Advisory Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We offer a number of our units as standalone credited CPD courses through our Personal Professional Development programme in public health and primary care.

We also run monthly public health journal clubs, the annual Festival of Public Health , an International Summer School , CPD events and our free Open-access courses.