Master of Public Health

Frequently asked questions

Additional information about our Master of Public Health.

What is public health?

Public health is often defined as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” (Acheson, 1988).  It involves a range of activities aimed at improving the health of the population through education, policy-making and research.  It draws on a range of different disciplines, including epidemiology, health economics, sociology, psychology, social policy, biostatistics and management.    

What is a masters in public health?

In the UK, the terms MPH and MSc in public health are used interchangeably to mean a postgraduate degree, which will introduce you to a range of public health approaches and equip you for careers in public health practice and research.

What are students’ career outcomes after a Master of Public Health?

Examples of the sorts of jobs that people with public health degrees go on to do include health promotion and health education specialists, epidemiologists, research analysts, academic researchers, healthcare administrators and managers, public health project managers, health improvement officers, health informatics specialists, public health communication specialists and policy managers, public health consultants, clinical research nurses.

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What is the difference between a full-time MPH and a part-time MPH?

The two degrees are of equal academic value and standard, but there are some key differences between the two programmes. The part-time MPH is delivered over three years, and is specifically designed to fit into the lives of busy working professionals. The full-time MPH is delivered over the course of a single year and is designed to be taken as an intensive programme. Both programmes attract students from all over the world, and have a strong global health theme, but the curriculum of the part-time MPH is externally validated by APHEA, giving extra reassurance of a comprehensive, public health education. 

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What is the cost of an Master of Public Health degree?

One of the great advantages of a part-time, online degree is that you can keep earning while you study, thus making it more affordable.  Part-time, online study is much less disruptive than having to travel far from home, family and work – and in an era when we are all increasingly concerned about climate change, it is a much greener option too!

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Is there any dedicated support for new students?

Our current students can also contact our Student Advisor if they have questions about study interruptions, special circumstances, extensions advice and application guidance, or need support for mental and physical wellbeing and registering with the Disability and Learning support service. You will be connected to our Student Advisor once you've matriculated.