Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society.
This is the ideal programme if you are a professional or new to the subject and you wish to address today’s problems in public health.
This programme is taught on-campus, but we also offer a part-time MPH by online distance learning which may suit those who wish to continue working while studying, or who are unable to come to Edinburgh.
You will gain an understanding of how different scientific disciplines can be used to investigate and then develop the best professional practice in epidemiology, public health and social science, ethics and health.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.
The year is divided into two semesters of taught courses, followed by completion of a dissertation between May and August.
Teaching is by lectures, seminars and workshops. Course assessments are mainly essay-based, with a few examinations and presentations. Your dissertation can involve either a review of existing research or analysis of data from a secondary source or data collected especially for your dissertation.
The programme is currently under review, and there may be some changes to the courses classed as compulsory for academic year 2019/20, as well as some additional optional course options. The following list should be taken as indicative for now.
- Principles of Public Health
- Introduction to Epidemiology
- Introduction to Qualitative Research
- Introduction to Statistics
In addition, Introduction to Research Ethics and Introduction to Systematic Reviews may be compulsory.
- Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health
- Developing and Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions
- Epidemiology for Public Health
- Further Statistics
- Genetic Epidemiology
- Global Health Epidemiology
- Health Promotion
- Investing in Global Health and Development
- Public Health Ethics
- Qualitative Research in Health
- Introduction to Health Economics and Resource Allocation
- Sociology of Health & Illness
- Statistical Modelling
The programme will prepare you for a career in research or academia, professional public-health service, clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, public-health protection and a wide range of national and international organisations concerned with preventing disease and improving the health of populations.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in medicine, nursing, social science, science, biomedicine, or other related disciplines.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Scholarships and funding
The department does not hold any funding for this programme and only a small number of applicants are awarded other scholarships annually. Please ensure that you have sufficient funding available to cover your studies before submitting an application.
UK government postgraduate loans
UK nationals, those with settled status, and some EU nationals not resident in the UK could be eligible for a postgraduate loan towards fees - and in some cases living costs.
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