MPH Global Public Health


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Program Description

What are the main challenges of tackling health determinants, inequalities and outcomes in an increasingly globalised world?


Public Health is a growing concern with issues such as obesity and other complex conditions requiring a need for education and specialist training across the health sector.

This new masters in Global Public Health offers a foundation in public health training and exposure to global health analysis, politics, policies, systems and practices.

You’ll focus on global public health issues guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015:

  • Reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health
  • Injuries and violence
  • Universal health coverage (UHC) and health systems
  • Environmental risks
  • Health risks and disease outbreaks

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the health challenges facing populations and nations in an increasingly globalised world.

Features and Benefits

  • Equips you with skills for planning, managing and evaluating health services for disease prevention, health protection and health promotion.
  • Covers many of the areas necessary for sitting Part A of the Faculty of Public Health examination.
  • Our course has a part-time option to help you fit studying around your work.
  • Our teaching team consists of professors and readers in epidemiology, public health, sociology, health promotion and mental health.

Career Prospects

This course provides a foundation to develop a wide range of professional careers in public health and epidemiology.

Public health focuses on populations and communities, as opposed to individuals, leading to potential careers in public or government services, research, NGOs and the voluntary sector. Although a number of common themes are covered in this course, you may specialise in roles ranging from health services research, public health analysts, health policy advisors, communicable disease control or directors of public health.

Entry Requirements

A first degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject area and English, Maths and a Science at GCSE at grade A-C or international equivalent. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in every single component).

The applicants with the highest personal statement scores will be invited to interview, which may be in person or online (at the discretion of admissions tutors) as part of the application process.

Mandatory prior study and relevant experience

This course is open to any university graduate in a health or health-related profession. Those with a medical degree should have one year of post-registration professional experience. Applicants with a non-health-related undergraduate degree must be able to demonstrate sufficient public health knowledge or experience.


Course Details

On this course, you’ll examine and reflect upon the challenges of preventing disease, tackling health inequalities and analysing outcomes in an increasingly globalised world.

The course is arranged as five core taught units (90 credits), two optional taught units (30 credits), and a 60 credit dissertation project.

You’ll critically analyse topics from disease prevention and health promotion to the cultural and historical conditions shaping public health policies and practice.

You’ll complete a supervised, independent 10-15,000 word research project providing an in-depth examination of a chosen area of global public health. Dissertation topics could include an area of public health relevant to your work and career plans, systematic or narrative literature reviews, or secondary data analysis.

The course will be delivered through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and computer-based activities as well as collaborative group work. We use our online learning environment (Moodle) to support our teaching activities and ensure electronic access to all teaching materials.

You’ll be assessed via a range of methods including essays, multiple-choice assessments, reviews of policy documents, reflective logs, oral presentations, written examinations and a supervised dissertation.

Full-time students will be expected to attend on all timetabled days. Part-time attendance will be dependent upon which year you take core and option units.

Year 1

On this course, you'll study the following core units:

  • Global Public Health Challenges in the 21st Century
  • Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health
  • Sociological Methods for Public Health
  • Evidence-based Public Health and Health Promotion
  • International Health Systems and Policy
  • Dissertation
Core Units

Global Public Health Challenges in the 21st Century

This is an introduction to the broad topic of global health considering reducing inequalities in health; disease prevention and health promotion; health protection issues around the infectious disease, environmental hazards and disease outbreaks; cooperation between different sectors of society; community participation; primary health care; and international cooperation.

Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health

On this unit, you'll develop an understanding of causes and prevention of disease and the importance of factors associated with outcomes; interpreting measures of disease prevalence, incidence, and of effect; distinguishing between associations and causal relationships; basic concepts, definitions, and methods of epidemiological research and its global utility; use of appropriate measures for different hypotheses, study designs, or populations; role of surveillance systems (spatial and temporal) in public health; theoretical and practical knowledge of commonly applied statistical analyses within public health and epidemiology; and how to select, apply and interpret regression models to carry out studies in public health science with epidemiological data using appropriate statistics software.

Sociological Methods for Public Health

This unit gives you an introduction to the increasing involvement and importance of sociological methods in developing and administering public health interventions. This module will examine the importance to public health science of perceptions of risk, vulnerability and responsibility for illness and health care; preventative health and harm reduction practices; the experience of illness and the social relations of sickness; the cultural and historical conditions shaping public health policies and practice; and the political economy of disease and health care provision.

Evidence-based Public Health and Health Promotion

This is an introduction to how evidence-based public health relates to evaluating needs for new or improved programs or practice; identifying the best available evidence on programmes and practices that potentially meet needs; collecting the best available information on appropriate programmes and practice; selecting programmes that fit together with community and population needs and values; and evaluating the impact on health and well-being of putting selected programmes into practice.

International Health Systems and Policy

This unit allows you to develop an understanding of how societies organise themselves in achieving collective health goals, how different agencies interact in the policy and implementation processes to contribute to policy outcomes and the ways in which health policies can shape, and be shaped by, health systems and the broader determinants of health.


This is an independent research project providing an in-depth examination of a chosen area of global public health carried out from May to September under supervision. The area of research should align with a pertinent and current academic area of public health research and consider the interconnected global dimension(s).

Department of Nursing

Our Department of Nursing is a large team of specialists, covering many aspects of nursing and healthcare, offering real insight and experience of professional practice. The department is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students achieve their goals, working to the mission statement of not just providing academic qualifications, but equipping students with the tools to become professionals.


Additional Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Last updated Jan 2020

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Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 countries. We are ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which is a measure of our commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Read less