Master of Public Health

University of Essex Online

Program Description

Master of Public Health

University of Essex Online

The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme online has been designed for busy health professionals looking to gain a recognised qualification from a top UK university while continuing to work at the same time.

This course will provide students with a systematic and critical understanding of the key concepts underlying public health. Through its alignment with the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework this course will develop your ability to undertake independent research culminating in a dissertation project as a capstone to your studies.

Why study this subject?

The MPH course is the most comprehensive of our Public Health programmes, incorporating the opportunity to complete an independent piece of original research.

Building on the Postgraduate Diploma module base, you will also study research design and critical appraisal and complete a dissertation project of your choosing. In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete two further optional modules to tailor your study further. The course culminates in the completion of a dissertation research project where you will have the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice and demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research.

The MPH will provide you with a thorough understanding of Public Health in the 21st century and provide an ideal foundation upon which to develop as an effective public health professional.

Course Structure


The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

  • Health Needs Assessment and Priority Setting (20 credits)
  • Health Promotion (20 credits)
  • Topics in Public Health (20 credits)
  • Epidemiology (20 credits)
  • Research Design and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Module options* (choose a combination of modules equal to 40 credits):
  • Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (20 credits)
  • Migration and Public Health (20 credits)
  • Service Improvement (20 credits)
  • Communicable Disease Control (20 credits)
  • Commissioning for Health and Social Care (20 credits)

*Module options are subject to availability at the time of study.

Teaching methods and style

Unlike a traditional university environment, our online Master of Public Health (MPH) course utilises a Virtual Learning Environment. The system is designed to track and manage the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials wherever you are.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet.

Studying is carried out entirely online and the programme of study can fit around your work and personal commitments.

You will be supported throughout your MPH programme by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.

Methods of assessment

Our MPH course includes both compulsory and optional modules, so you can tailor the content of your course to more closely fit your interests and aspirations.

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the MPH will be based on a combination of written assignments, engagement in online discussion forums and the completion of a dissertation based on an individual research project.

You will be able to see your current provisional marks from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your Masters course.

We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform;
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date;
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams;
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser; and
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria.
  • We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

On successful completion of your MPH qualification, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Career destinations

As an MPH graduate, together with your previous experience , knowledge, skills and training, you will be well prepared to enter an array of roles in professions revolving around public health. These include:

  • Public Health Project Officer
  • Public Health Project Manager
  • Public Health Research Assistant
  • Public Health Research Associate/Fellow
  • Public Health Intelligence Officer
  • Data Analyst
  • Health Communication Officer
  • Health Improvement Officer
  • Health Improvement Manager
  • Health Protection Specialist
  • Strategic Health Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Public Health Consultant
  • Service Improvement Manager
  • Academic
  • Healthy Living Officer
  • Health and Well-being Project Officer
  • Health Visitor
  • Allied Health Professional Leader
  • Community Health Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Promotion Manager

This is not an exhaustive list of roles available and many others exist, though these job titles are indicative of the most common roles offered within Public Health. In addition, depending on your previous study or training, further opportunities may exist.

Entry requirements

We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. There are two entry routes onto our MSc Public Health (MPH) programme:

1. Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our MPH programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification.
  • English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

2. Open Entry Route

We recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of an applicant’s ability. Therefore, if you do not meet the minimum academic standards above, you may still be eligible to enrol via our Open Entry Route. In order to satisfy the Open Entry Route requirements for our MPH programme you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

  • At least 5 years' relevant senior level work experience.
  • English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience, CPD and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 4, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
24 months
Part time
9,000 GBP
Start date Oct. 2016
United Kingdom UK Online
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Duration 24 months
Price 9,000 GBP