MPH Occupational Health

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
MPH
Duration
1 year FT, 2 years PT, 3-5 years PT
Entry requirements
We require a minimum of an Upper Second class honours degree or overseas equivalent .

Significant relevant research or professional experience may be considered in place of an academic qualification lower than an Upper Second.

If you fail to meet the required entry criteria you will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on another route, e.g. PGCert or PGDip before being considered for progression to the MPH course.

Intercalating students

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from The University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
200 places
How to apply
Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. Late applications may be considered.

We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full. 

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MPH N N Y Y
PGDip N N N Y
PGCert N N N Y

Course overview

Ogochukwu Okoye - Master of Public Health

"The team at Manchester exposed me to a highly effective manner of teaching and made learning worthwhile.

"The skills and knowledge that I have acquired are already impacting on my professional and personal development. I am definitely a better teacher, doctor and researcher as a result!"

Ogochukwu Okoye / Master of Public Health (2016 graduate)
  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to address occupational health concerns in the workplace, and at local, national and international level.
  • Study when it suits you through online delivery of the course content, with extensive support. An optional residential induction available.
  • Occupational Health is a highly topical and globally significant field in Public Health.
  • Open up a career in health science research if you undertake a PhD after completing this course.
  • We offer a number of units as standalone credited CPD courses through our Public Health Professional Development programme.

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPH (full-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £10,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £19,500
  • MPH (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1,000 per 15 credits and £4,000 for dissertation
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £1,950 per 15 credits and £3,900 for dissertation
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1,000 per 15 credits
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £1,950 per 15 credits
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1,000 per 15 credits
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £1,950 per 15 credits

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition and administration costs during your studies.

All fees for entry may be subject to a yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year.

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees .

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan if you choose the one-year full-time or two-year part-time course. Please check the government's eligibility criteria .

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and assessments required for the course, but you are likely to incur some additional costs:

  • maximum of one core text book per unit (approx £30 per book) where e-books are not available;
  • communication costs for internet use and telephone;
  • a statistical software package (approx £20).

A copy of the statistical software for Practical Statistics for Population Health will be provided free for all international fee-paying students.

Costs may be incurred for travel, subsistence and accommodation charges during the following optional events or units:

  • the residential course for first year students
  • the Arts and Public Health blended learning unit
  • the Intercultural Public Health blended learning unit
  • the Infection, Prevention & Control blended learning unit
  • the Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain blended learning unit
  • the Geneva Winter School

This course has previously included options for blended learning. For 2020/21 our residential and blended units were fully online. The Geneva Winter School did not run in 2020.

Additional expenses

Cost of AP(E)L

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L). The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a certificate, 45 credits to a diploma and 60 credits to a master's.

If an AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and administrative charges applied.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Commonwealth Scholarships

There may be an opportunity to offer Commonwealth Scholarships to excellent young nationals who are resident in Commonwealth countries. Please see the CSC website for details.

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
(+44) 0161 543 4699
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/public-health-data/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a minimum of an Upper Second class honours degree or overseas equivalent .

Significant relevant research or professional experience may be considered in place of an academic qualification lower than an Upper Second.

If you fail to meet the required entry criteria you will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on another route, e.g. PGCert or PGDip before being considered for progression to the MPH course.

Intercalating students

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from The University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

See further information about requirements for your country

If the language of instruction of your first degree was English, but you obtained the degree from a university of a non-majority English-speaking country, the English language requirement may be waived for applicants on our Personal Professional Development CPD programme only, provided written evidence is submitted.

The Personal Professional Development CPD programme is not award-bearing and allows you to complete up to three units from the MPH syllabus. After successfully completing this level of the course, students can then be considered for progression to the award-bearing levels of our course through re-application.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other entry requirements

You will require regular access to a modern personal computer (Windows or Mac) with a stable internet connection. You should be confident in using the internet for web browsing, sending emails and also using word processing software, such as Microsoft Word.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. Late applications may be considered.

We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full. 

Advice to applicants

Your application form must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:
  • two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly so please inform them yourself
  • copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated
  • copies of official university transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • a personal statement (approximately 300-500 words) about why you wish to take this course and how it will affect your personal and professional development. This statement should try and refer to your current role
  • full CV including any voluntary experience
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required)

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form or sent directly to pgtaught.cbm@manchester.ac.uk .

After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

How your application is considered

Your application will be reviewed by the relevant Programme Director on receipt of all required supporting documentation.

Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

Interview requirements

We do not normally interview applicants, but reserve the right to do so in certain circumstances.

Deferrals

Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful, you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved.

We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our distance learning Master of Public Health (Occupational Health) course meets the training needs of health professionals around the world who are interested in a career in occupational health or those seeking new skills in this area.

Contemporary occupational 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 occupational and 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 and occupational health.
PGDip and MPH awards are available. 

Special features

Expert teaching

You will be taught by professionals working in the field of occupational health using examples from local, national and international public health. There is an emphasis on applying your learning to real life occupational 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.

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 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 and optional 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.

This course has previously included options for blended learning. For 2020/21, our residential and blended course units are fully online.

Teaching and learning

Most of our courses are delivered completely online. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place throughout each 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 mph.admin@manchester.ac.uk 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

If you choose  this specialist Occupational Health stream you are required to complete the following compulsory core units: Evidence-Based Practice, Foundation for Postgraduate Practice and Fitness for Work.

In addition to the compulsory course units, you need to choose other units depending on the award you are studying for:

  • PG Certificate students must choose one other course unit from the MPH , Occupational Medicine or Occupational Hygiene offer
  • PG Diploma must choose five other course units from the MPH, Occupational Medicine or Occupational Hygiene offer
  • MPH students must choose five other course units from the MPH, Occupational Medicine or Occupational Hygiene offer, 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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Evidence Based Practice POPH60041 15 Mandatory
Fitness for Work (September) POPH68861 15 Mandatory
Foundation for Postgraduate Practice (September) POPH68881 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
Health Economics POPH60091 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60092 15 Optional
Applied Epidemiology POPH60112 15 Optional
Occupational Exposure Control POPH60161 15 Optional
Practical Statistics for Population Health 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
Occupational Exposure Assessment POPH63182 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
Public Health Benefits of Green and Blue Space POPH65031 15 Optional
Climate Change and Health POPH65042 15 Optional
Introduction to Health Policy POPH65052 15 Optional
Behaviour Change and Public Health POPH65062 15 Optional
Infection Prevention & Control POPH65552 15 Optional
Evidence Synthesis: Systematic Reviews POPH68001 15 Optional
Guideline Development and Implementation POPH68012 15 Optional
Management of Occupationally Related Disease POPH68811 15 Optional
Understanding Physical Agents POPH68821 15 Optional
Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour POPH68832 15 Optional
Health and Workability POPH68842 15 Optional
Occupational Health Management POPH68892 15 Optional
Health and Workability (Occupational Hygiene) POPH68940 15 Optional
Oral Health & Disease in Populations POPH76061 15 Optional
Implementing Strategy in Dental Services POPH76072 15 Optional
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What our students say

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.

Facilities

This course is delivered through online distance learning. You will have normal access to online library facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

CPD opportunities

We offer a number of our units as standalone CPD courses through our credited 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.

Careers

Career opportunities

A career in public health offers a diverse range of opportunities in a variety of settings.

Most of our students complete the course part-time while working in a wide variety of jobs and sectors, and many (eg GPs, hospital doctors, health promotion staff, managers and researchers) take the course to give them public health skills and expertise to apply within their own profession and/or setting.

Intercalating medical students from Manchester and elsewhere often take the MPH if they are interested in careers in public health or general practice, or work in low and middle-income countries.

Some of our students use their experience and qualification to help them move into predominantly occupational health -related roles. You can see the occupations that some of our MPH students and graduates work in on the student ambassadors' page . You can also get in touch with them to ask questions about the course.

There are a range of resources offered by the University and the Faculty of Public Health , a membership organisation for public health professionals in the UK and around the world, to help you think about how a Master of Public Health can aid your career path.