Master of Public Health MPH

 
  

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Qualification
MPH Master of Public Health
Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2.1
Other requirements
IELTS
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
Nottingham City Hospital
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

Taught by internationally renowned epidemiologists and specialists, this course equips students with theoretical knowledge of public health and practical skills.
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Course benefits

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

  • A globally relevant MPH with the option to focus specifically on international health issues via the MPH (International Health)
  • A teaching approach which links theory to practice in all elements of the course
  • A strong focus on applied public health and epidemiology skills
  • A multi-disciplinary education environment
  • A mixture of didactic lectures, seminars, practicals and workshops
  • 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, Public Health England, the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies and the Health Protection and Influenza Research Group (HPIRG), which is a World Health Organization collaborating centre
  • A faculty made up of national and international multidisciplinary experts, committed to research and training in investigating the occurrence, causes and prevention of disease in populations

Key facts

Is the course right for you?

This course is ideal for individuals who

  • work or plan to work in public health and related fields, both within the UK and in international settings
  • have the required basic academic skills (a good level of mathematical ability is needed to undertake this programme)
  • are keen to study public health with students with diverse backgrounds and experiences
 

What will you learn?

Through our comprehensive set of core modules you will gain skills that are transferable to public health practice in all contexts. This includes skills in epidemiology, statistics, health economics, critical appraisal, health protection, sociology, health promotion, and applied public health techniques such as health needs assessment.

Optional modules will offer the opportunity to gain more in depth skills in subjects of particular interest to you, including qualitative research methods and health data management.

The final dissertation will provide the opportunity to carry out an extended piece of research to address a real public health problem, integrating the skills gained throughout the course and well-supported by experienced researchers. You will gain skills that are highly valued by a range of employers, including national health services, governmental and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and industry.

 

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
  • A dissertation, integrating the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course.
 

What our students say

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.

I really enjoyed my year doing the MPH. I learned a lot both from the teaching sessions and from the experiences of others taking the course, who came from a variety of backgrounds from across the world. The staff on the course are all willing to help as you go through the course and there is a really friendly and supportive atmosphere.  
 

--Kirsty P.

Resources are available to help mature students like me who have been out of academia for years to reintegrate and study well. After years of working abroad, I was delighted to find that the majority of my cohort were international students like myself, from all over the world, which brought such a richness and depth to our discussions and learning.  
 

--Allison H.  

 

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Course details

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 postgraduate taught courses, and in helping students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to take up new opportunities in the fields of public health and epidemiology.

Classes are delivered at Nottingham City Hospital’s Clinical Sciences Building, with links to the University’s main campus and a local park and ride car park, as well as excellent public transport links into Nottingham City centre.

Credits

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

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.

See 'Modules' below.

 

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.
 

Practicalities

Start date and University welcome events

The course begins in late September/early October, when all students are expected to attend the course’s compulsory taught introductory week which runs Monday-Friday, inclusive.

International students are expected to attend the International Office Welcome Programme to help them to settle into Nottingham. All students are invited to attend the School of Medicine’s Welcome Event which includes a series of presentations on the school’s facilities and resources, the careers and employability service, IT facilities and online resources, the Faculty Graduate School, and presentations from alumni.

 

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.

Most modules are delivered to small groups of no more than 25 students.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 and NVivo software for qualitative research.

 

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary, and include:

  • written assignments demonstrating different styles of writing
  • closed book examinations
  • verbal communication skills (e.g. oral presentations)
  • management and 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.

 

Postgraduate diploma and certificate

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Certificate (PGCert) in Public Health. These can be taken full-time within one year, or part-time over two years (up to a maximum of four years).

Diploma students take all of the core and a selection of optional taught modules from the Masters programme.

Certificate students take the following core modules of the Masters programme only, totalling 60 credits: Research Methods and Basic Statistics, Theory and Practice in Public Health, Introduction to Health Promotion, Evaluation Techniques and, Healthcare systems and Management.

Many of our PGCert and PGDip students successfully transfer to the full MPH following adequate academic performance at the end of Semester One.

 

 

 
 

Modules

Below is a list of all core and optional modules shared between the Master of Public Health and MPH (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
TitleCreditsMPHMPH(IH)
Health Care Systems and Management

10

Core Core
Dissertation

60

Core1 Core1
Theory and Practice in Public Health

10

Core Core
Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics

20 

Core Core
Evaluation Techniques

10

Core Core

Sociology of Health and Illness

(video)

10 

Core Opt
Introduction to Health Promotion

10 

Core Opt
International Health

20

Opt Core

Advanced Statistical Methods

(video)

10

Opt Opt

Qualitative Methodology and Analysis

(video)

10

Opt Opt

Health Economics 

(video)

10

Opt Opt

Health Protection

(video)

10

Opt Opt

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

(video)

10

Opt Opt

Tobacco Control Interventions

(video)

10

   

1 Masters students only

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

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 previous cohorts, more than half of students on our MPH 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.

In 2017, the University is offering scholarships of 100% towards tuition fees* for students from the European Union. Find out more and apply for funding on the EU Masters Scholarship webpage.

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

International (non-EU) students

Scholarships

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

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. 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.

Bursaries

Some students are successful in obtaining a 100% scholarship to cover their tuition fees; however, with only a limited number of scholarships available we know many will not achieve this funding.

The success of our programme has long been built on the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the students who study with us, therefore each year, the School of Medicine aims to provide bursaries towards  offer holders’ tuition fees. Further information about the bursary will be available shortly.

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

 
 

Careers

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

Many 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 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.  

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research

 
 
 
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