Master of Public Health MPH


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Qualification name:Master of Public Health
Duration:1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements:2.1
IELTS:7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Queen's Medical Centre (City Hospital Campus)

Course Overview

Taught by internationally renowned epidemiologists and experts in tobacco control along with a range of other specialists, the Masters in Public Health provides students with the theoretical knowledge of public health as well as the skills required for public health practice, including skills to manage, initiate, implement and assess changes.

The course is based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health within the School of Medicine, which has a strong record of supporting and developing professional careers through our postgraduate taught courses, and in helping our students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to take up new opportunities in fields related to their previous qualifications.

Whom is the course suitable for?

The Masters in Public Health is ideal for those who work in public health related fields including health services, local authorities, voluntary sector, health service research, health information, health protection and public health specialty training. We welcome applicants from those who are working in public health and can demonstrate this in their application.


What skills will you gain?

You will gain skills that are highly valued by a range of employers. Our graduates are highly sought after for careers in national health services, government and non-government organisations, academic institutions and industry. Our former students have gone on to work in a range of careers including Directors of Public Health, Consultants in Public Health, Health improvement and Academic public health.

How the course works

The course is modular and can be studied over one year full-time or two years part-time.

The course has three main components, core modules relating to essential public health disciplines; optional modules, allowing you to explore your individual interests; and a dissertation, integrating the knowledge gained throughout the course.

We also offer optional in-depth courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and statistics.


Why you should choose Nottingham

With 20 years’ experience of public health education we offer:

  • A multidisciplinary education environment
  • A flexible structure to allow different pathways through the programme to masters, diploma or certificate level
  • Opportunities for close collaboration with the National Health Service, local authorities, Health Protection Agency (Public Health England from April 2013), and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Control Studies

Be taught by national and international multidisciplinary experts, committed to research and training in investigating the occurrence, causes and prevention of disease in populations.

The Division of Epidemiology and Public Health acts as the hub of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Control Studies (UKCTCS), a network of nine universities in the UK. The UKCTCS was established in June 2008 and includes world renowned experts in tobacco control.


Check if the course is right for you


  • you have enough time to dedicate to the course
  • you have the basic academic skills; a good level of mathematical ability is needed to undertake this programme
  • there any special considerations for overseas applicants

What our students say

“I feel I’ve gained a huge amount from coming to The University of Nottingham. I’ve met people from all over the world who work in public health, I’ve developed my critical thinking skills, I’m completing my dissertation and I just feel overall I’ve developed my confidence and education and knowledge around public health.” Masters in Public Health

In a recent survey of students on the Masters in Public Health as well as the Masters in Public Health (International), 100% of respondents praised the enthusiasm of the lecturers, whilst 96% said the course was well-organised and that students were actively encouraged to take part in class discussion.

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Key facts

  • 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the Master of Public Health
  • Our flexible modular structure allows for different pathways through the course
  • We offer a wide range of optional modules
  • Our students come from a variety of backgrounds
  • We have over 400 graduates working throughout the world
  • We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate 

Course Details

Three major components

Core modules, relating to the essential public health disciplines

These include:

  • Theory and Practice in Public Health
  • Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics
  • Health Care Systems
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Health Promotion
  • Evaluation Techniques
  • Protocol and Dissertation

Optional modules, allowing you to develop individual interests

You are advised to plan carefully to ensure a balance of credits across the semesters.


An extended project of your choice leading to a dissertation

This is designed to develop generic analytical skills, integrating the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course.


For the masters course, students complete a total of 180 credits :

  • 70 credits of core modules
  • 50 credits of optional modules
  • 60 credits for the dissertation


Induction week

International students are expected to attend the International Office

Welcome Programme to help them to settle into Nottingham.

The course begins in late September/early October (in 2013, the start date is Monday 30th September), when all students are expected to attend the school's taught compulsory introductory week which runs Monday-Friday, inclusive.


Teaching days

Core modules are taught in semester one on specified Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Optional modules are taught in semester two on specified Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays. Students attend depending on their choice of modules.

Full-time students attend on all timetabled days; part-time students attend on specified Tuesdays and Wednesdays in year one and on Thursdays in year two.


Teaching Methods

Teaching methods vary in line with the objectives of the course but include a range of methods from lectures to private study, from guided and independent group exercises to problem-based and self-directed learning

Use of the internet, the virtual learning environment (Moodle) and email is expected, and appropriate support and training given. Students will also learn to use Stata statistical software.


Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary, and include:

  • written assignments demonstrating different styles of writing
  • verbal communication skills
  • analysis of data

Depending on your chosen pathway, you may also complete further verbal and poster presentations. Some work is assessed as group work. 

Assessments may take place during timetabled sessions, but most are prepared by students in their own time


Orientation website for offer holders

Once you have accepted an offer, please visit the website below which provides some practical advice before you start, and also offers further information on your first few weeks on the course.


Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate

Can be taken full-time within one year, or part-time over two years (up to a maximum of four years). Diploma students will take the core and optional module programme of the MSc, but will but do a literature review module instead of a dissertation. Certificate students will take the core modules of the MSc programme only.


Below is a list of all core and optional modules shared between the Master of Public Health and International Health postgraduate courses.

You can click on the heading to sort by column, or on a module title to find out more.

Module Catalogue
Advanced Epidemiology


Opt Opt
Health Care Systems and Management (NEW for 2015/16)


Core Core


Core2 Core2
Theory and Practice in Public Health (2015/16)


Core Core
Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics (2015/16)


Core Core
Evaluation Techniques


Core Core
Sociology of Health and Illness (2015/16)


Core Opt
Introduction to Health Promotion (2015/16)


Core Opt
International Health


Opt Core
Advanced Statistical Methods


Opt Opt
Health Inequalities and Population Health


Opt N/A
Qualitative Methodology and Research


Opt Opt
Health Economics


Opt Opt
Health Protection


Opt Opt
Data Organisation and Management in Epidemiology (DOME): A Practical Course in Stata


Opt Opt
Tobacco Control Interventions



1 Diploma students only

2 Masters students only


The need for high quality education and training in public health has been consistently recognised and rewarded by scholarship bodies from around the world.

In 2013-14, 60% of students in our Masters in Public Health programme received scholarships or funding to help them achieve their academic goals.

Home/EU students

A number of our students are supported through the programme by their employers and undertake the programme on a part time basis.

Students already working in the field of public health and social care in the East Midlands, who have the support of their manager, routinely benefit from the partially funded places on the Masters in Public Health. These places are funded through the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery (SHA) contract with The University of Nottingham.

To check if you qualify for funding, please contact: 

t: +44 (0)115 823 1213 

The University's Graduate School provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


Employability following successful completion of the Masters in Public Health at the University of Nottingham is high.

From the 11/12 destination of leavers survey all of the survey respondents had secured employment or were in further study. Over the past five years most of our graduates have gone on to work in health services (NHS), local or national government (City council, county councils, Public Health England, Center for disease control and Prevention, Department of Health), while some international graduates work for non-governmental organisations (e.g. Christian Aid, International Medical Corp, World Health Organisation, World Wildlife Fund), for their Ministry of Health, in private organisations (Pharma companies) or in a range of academic careers (University of Nottingham, Leicester, Malawi).

A number of students have continued their studies and undertaken PhDs. Depending on their entry qualification into the programme positions that our graduates had obtained included: epidemiologist, lecturer, researcher, health improvement principal, regional alcohol programme manager, programme impact advisor community health and HIV, Environmental health officer.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 98% of postgraduates in the School of Medicine who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,261 with the highest being £75,000.* 

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14. 

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers  and  Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

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Division of Epidemiology and Public Health
Clinical Sciences Building
Nottingham City Hospital
Hucknall Road
Nottingham, NG5 1PB
t:   +44 (0)115 823 1338

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