Master of Public Health

Our online MPH programme

Our online learning programme is for graduates interested in a career in public health. We accept applicants from a wide range of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. The programme is 100% online.

The programme is for those interested in a career in public health practice or research.  You may be from a clinical or from a non-clinical background. Whether you are already working in a public health role, keen to move into such a role in the future, or simply interested in public health for its own sake, our programme is designed for you.

We recently presented an introduction to the programme during the Postgraduate Online Learning Open Days.

Link to video recording

High quality public health education

The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive public health education of the highest quality.  The programme has successfully achieved full programme acreditation with APHEA, an international organisation committed to assuring and improving the quality of public health education globally.  This is a prestigious mark of quality, which very few MPH programmes have achieved.

In the first year and a half of the programme, you will study courses in public health, epidemiology, public policy, health economics, health promotion, statistics and qualitative research methods. You will then choose from a wide range of elective courses, which reflect the University of Edinburgh’s strong reputation in delivering public and global health education.  In the final year of the programme, you will choose either to undertake a dissertation research project or a smaller reflective project, combined with further coursework. 

If you do not wish to undertake the full three year master’s degree, you can choose to complete a one year postgraduate certificate or a two year postgraduate diploma.  It is also possible to study single, stand-alone courses.

Further information on our programme structure and courses can be found at the following link:

Master of Public Health Programme Structure

Online learning

Online learning is a way to study for an internationally recognised qualification without needing to attend classes on campus.

It is aimed at those who wish to study for a postgraduate qualification alongside work or other commitments.

Online programmes are of equal value to on-campus programmes.  The only difference is the way the course is delivered.  Our online learning platform enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or work place.

As an online student you have access to the University's excellent resources and you become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.  We are experienced at guiding students to get the most from studying online and using our resources.  You do not need to have previous experience of studying online.

The MPH (online) programme is entirely online with a study commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per week.  You will study alongside and share your knowledge and experience with students from around the world.  You will communicate these ideas through active discussion boards, blogs, group work and videos.  The programme is flexible and there are no specific times you need to attend class.  It is designed to complement the work commitments and diverse geographical locations of our students.

Assessment of the programme is through a mixture of coursework and online participation.  The programme has a variety of types of assessments, including essays, online activities, blogs, group work and tests.  The assessments are designed to fit with the learning outcomes of each course.