This modular multidisciplinary programme in public health offers a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters of Public Health.

Designed to provide academic training to professionals currently working in, or who wish to work in, the public health field, students attend compulsory modules then choose from a wide range of approved modules. Students also have to attend a non-assessed introductory week at the beginning of the course which provides an introduction to Public Health in particular in the context of health services in the UK (29 September 2014).

If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete the taught elements of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation.

We also offer:

The MPH (Health Technology Assessment) is a strand of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) programme for those students who wish to specialise in public health with health technology assessment. The MPH (HTA) is an exit qualification from the MPH programme.

Fees and funding

  • MSc £7,200/PGDip £4,800 (Home/EU students)
  • MSc £18,900 (International students)

The MPH (Statement of Extra Accredited Learning) programme - this programme provides a broader version of the current MPH programme (230 instead of 180 credits). By being formally assessed and accredited in more modules, the MPH (SEAL) allows students to demonstrate their wider competency range.

Fees and funding

  • MSc £9200 (Home/EU students)
  • MSc £21,800 (International students)

The MPH (International) programme. This course aimed at professionals already working in low- and middle-income countries or those aiming in the future to work in healthcare in such setting. It builds upon the well-established and successful Masters of Public Health.

Fees and funding

  • MSc £7,200/PGDip £4,800 (Home/EU students)
  • MSc £18,900 (International students)

As well as practising clinicians, the course may be of considerable value for those involved (or thinking about becoming involved) in senior management in health services, as it covers most aspects of population health including epidemiology, statistics, health economics and health service management. Its modular nature allows the flexibility for participants to shape the programme to fit their needs in a way that ensures maximum utility with minimum disruption. Moreover, the course is delivered in an environment that combines the pragmatism and ‘can do’ spirit of a modern dynamic health service with the rigour, discipline, and high standards of a premier Russell Group University. The course covers many of the areas necessary for sitting the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health.

The MPH programme can be studied either full-time, part-time or over up to five years by flexible learning. Overseas students may only study the MPH full-time. Teaching takes place in one-week blocks.

Why study this course

Our programme is an internationally recognised qualification in Public Health. It equips students with a broad range of skills that are invaluable for:

  • planning, management and evaluation of health services, for disease prevention, health protection and for health promotion.
  • developing a career in a wide range of professional settings, both within and without Public Health and Epidemiology.

The course also covers many of the areas necessary for sitting the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health.

Modules mainly take place in the Public Health building which is on the beautiful campus of the University of Birmingham and close to the University railway station.


Core modules

  • Introduction to Public Health (not assessed)
  • Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Practical Epidemiology and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Health Information and Health Informatics (10 credits)

Option Modules (Tier 2)

You will choose 30 credits from the list below:

  • Principles of Health Technology Assessment (10 credits)
  • Health Economics (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management in Health (10 credits)
  • Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning (10 credits)
  • Health Protection 1 (10 credits)
  • Sociology and Social Policy (10 credits)
  • Health Promotion (10 credits)
  • Public Health in low and middle-income countries (10 credits)

Option Modules (Tier 3)

You choose modules to a total of 40 credits from the list below or any other Tier 2 module not already claimed:

  • Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis (20 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Clinical Trials (MPH) (20 credits)
  • Health Protection 2 (10 credits)
  • Advanced Statistical Methods (10 credits)
  • International Health Protection (10 credits)
  • Further Public Health in low and middle-income countries (20 credits)

Entry requirements

This programme is open to those with a good first degree in any subject of relevance to public health; this includes most biological sciences. Applications are also welcome from UK medical students who wish to intercalate. For the diploma, applications are also accepted from those with a relevant professional qualification or sufficient Public Health experience at the appropriate level without a primary degree, e.g. registered nurses. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact the course administrator.

Please note:

Applications are considered as they are received throughout the year with places awarded to candidates meeting the entry requirements on a ‘first come, first served’ basis Applications from overseas students need to be received by June to enable enough time for processing. Applications from UK students can be accepted until early August.

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
  • English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 21, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 - 5 years
7,200 GBP
/PGDip £4,800 (Home/EU students) MSc £18,900 (International students)
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