MPH Master of Public Health (Global Health) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Our distance learning Master of Public Health (Global Health) course meets the training needs of health professionals around the world who are interested in a career in public or global 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;
- an understanding of health, disease and health systems in a wider global context.
PGCert, PGDip and MPH awards are available.
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.
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 normally 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 programme. It is also an opportunity for you to meet academic, e-learning and support staff.
You are encouraged to attend the residential course when it is running, 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.
This course has previously included options for blended learning. For 2020/21, our residential and blended course units were fully online.
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 you are unable to attend a face-to-face component due to mitigating circumstances, you 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
If you choose this specialist Global Health stream you are required to complete Evidence-Based Practice as a compulsory core unit, along with one further compulsory core unit from the following:
- Global Health into the 21st Century
- Health Systems Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries
- Global Women's Public Health.
In addition to the compulsory course units, you need to choose other units depending on the award you are studying for:
- PGCert students must choose two other course units available from the MPH
- PGDip students must choose six other course units available from the MPH
- MPH students must choose six other course units available from the MPH plus the dissertation
You will be able to choose from a range of different dissertation models designed to cater for different work situations and interests.
The master's dissertation is a focused, critical and reflective body of writing that seeks to add to the understanding of a particular problem or question. It is an opportunity to expand knowledge and expertise in an area of study, through in-depth, critical and reflective thinking, relevant to the focus of the dissertation.
You must submit your own proposal for review and discussion. A dissertation supervisor will be allocated once the proposal has been approved.
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|
|Introduction to Public Health||POPH60001||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|
|Practical Statistics for Population Health||POPH60982||15||Optional|
|Fundamentals of Epidemiology||POPH60991||15||Optional|
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Scholarships and bursaries
For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.
What our students say
We offer a number of our units as standalone credited CPD courses through our Personal Professional Development programme in public health and primary care.