Master of Public Health

Why study public health with us?

A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is internationally recognised as essential for professional advancement in the fields of public and global health. We offer flexible full-time and part-time study options, both on-campus and online, in a world-class institution with a long track-record of excellence in public health education and research.

Benefits of our Masters programme

World class institution

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. It draws on a wide range of different disciplines, from epidemiology and statistics, to sociology and health economics. Our MPH programmes combine a history of excellence in public health research and training, with innovative new approaches to tackling public health issues in our globalised, 21st century world.

World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre

We are part of the Centre for Population Health Science, which has recently been designated the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training.

Multi-disciplinary expertise

We provide postgraduate training across a broad range of public health disciplines. Academics from medical, biomedical, public health, social science, policy and international development backgrounds at the University and beyond contribute to the development and delivery of our programmes.


We offer a range of flexible study options. Our MPH (full time online) is run over one full calendar year and our MPH (online) is a part-time, three-year programme. . Both versions of the programme combine a set of compulsory core courses with elective courses that allow you to focus on areas relevant to your work and professional interests.

Excellent study resources

Whether you decide to study full time or part time, you will have access to superb study resources. We have a first class library and electronic library, serving both on-campus and online students.

The University's Institute of Academic Development offers online courses and resources to help you improve skills such as academic writing, time management and critical thinking.


 The programme team is here to support you. Each student also has a Personal Tutor, who will help you to:

  • review your academic progress
  • reflect on how your learning can help you pursue your future development
  • engage with a community of learners
  • address any concerns or problems that might affect your studies

Your Programme Directors and course tutors are available to discuss academic matters. For online students, discussions take place via online discussion boards, email or video call.

The University's Information Skills Helpline offers IT support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Transferable skills

A MPH is internationally recognised as essential for professional advancement in the fields of public and global health. Our MPH programmes will prepare you for careers as global or public health researchers or practitioners, working in the public and NGO sectors, universities and international institutions. As well as acquiring technical skills in a wide range of public health-related disciplines, you will develop collaborative team working, communication and research skills.

Why choose Edinburgh

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Global Health Academy

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Global Health Academy