MPH Public Health (Web-based Learning) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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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.
PGCert, PGDip and MPH awards are available.
You can see what our Student Ambassadors have to say about our MPH course and contact them with any questions.
You can also specialise in one of the following:
You will be taught by professionals in the field of local, national and international public health. There is an emphasis on applying learning to public health issues.
Course content is delivered online, enabling you to study around other commitments. A three-day residential is held in Manchester at the start of the course, but attendance is not compulsory. There are fully online and blended options where face-to-face sessions are planned.
Learn with students from around the world
Mix with students from a range of disciplines from all over the world.
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 programmes. 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.
This course has previously included options for blended learning. For 2020/21, our residential and blended course units will become fully online.
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 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 email@example.com if this is likely to be a problem.
Coursework and assessment
Course unit details
You are required to complete Evidence-Based Practice as a compulsory core unit.
In addition to the compulsory course unit, you need to choose other units depending on the award you are studying for:
- PGCert students must choose three other course units available from the MPH
- PGDip students much choose seven other course units available from the MPH
- MPH students must choose seven other course units from the MPH plus the dissertation
If you elect to study one of the specialist streams, you will choose up to two additional core units from the MPH. If you take the Health Sciences stream, further course units will be available from the School of Health Sciences and Alliance Manchester Business School over the next few years.
You will be able to choose from a range of dissertation modules 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 and review for 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
"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 .