Postgraduate study

MPH Public Health

Taught by globally renowned Public Health experts and specialists, you will be well equipped with the theoretical knowledge of public health in conjunction with practical application skills.
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£8,865 - Terms apply
International fees
£19,575 - Terms apply
Nottingham City Hospital



With 25 years’ experience of public health education we understand how to deliver the important balance between academic excellence and the real-world practical application of public health skills.

You will be part of a student-centred course which is taught by multi-disciplinary expert epidemiologists, methodologists and public health practitioners.

You will engage with staff who are committed to high-quality research and training in investigating the occurrence, causes and prevention of disease in populations.

Course benefits

The Master of Public Health course at the University of Nottingham offers:

Global relevance

A globally relevant MPH with the option to focus specifically on international health issues via the MPH (Global Health)

Collaboration opportunities

Unique opportunities for you to closely collaborate with our partners in the National Health Service, National Screening Programmes, 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

Networking opportunities

At the University of Nottingham, we are proud of our extensive national and global public health collaborative working and some of your teaching and supervision will be delivered by national and global experts in public health, giving you a unique opportunity to network extensively during your studies.

We are part of the Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare: a Joanna Briggs Institute, and we collaborate globally through our Nottingham-China Health groups.


A multi-disciplinary environment

A multi-disciplinary education environment complemented by didactic lectures, seminars, practicals and workshops. You will need to be able to use your skills in the real-world which is reflected in our approach to teaching which links theory to practice in all elements of the course

Applied public health and methodological skills

A strong focus on applied public health and methodological skills. You will be taught and supervised by academics who have expertise across the whole methodology spectrum – from epidemiology to systematic reviews and qualitative methods

A student-focussed approach

A student-focussed approach which offers excellent academic and pastoral support – including research support, personal tutoring, careers guidance, alumni support and social events

A flexible course structure

We also understand that your study needs to work in conjunction with your individual circumstances so we offer a flexible structure to allow different pathways through the programme


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 global 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 national and global employers, including national health services, governmental and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and industry.



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Full 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.


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

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

i. Core modules, relating to the essential public health disciplines

These include:

  • Planning and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
  • Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics
  • Health Economics
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Dissertation

ii. 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.


iii. 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.

Examples of previous dissertation project titles:

  • Reporting and management of fertility problems in general practice: Obtaining population-based estimates of the current clinical burden in the UK
  • Do cravings predict smoking cessation? An investigation into the utility of the “urges to smoke” measures
  • Do school characteristics predict school obesity prevalence?
  • Risk of acute appendicitis in and around pregnancy
  • Reducing under-five child mortality in sub-saharan Africa: An audit
  • Smoking, drinking and television: An exploration of the depiction and contextualisation of alcohol and tobacco consumption in popular TV series, with a focus on social norming
  • Why do parents use A&E: A qualitative interview study
  • Viewing smoking in movies and its association with initiating smoking in adolescents: A systematic review and meta analysis
  • An evaluation of the Nottingham Breastfeeding Peer Support Programme for young mothers
  • Expectations versus reality: couples' experiences of infant feeding
  • Are mass media campaigns aimed at changing alcohol consumption effective: A systematic review
  • The association between preoperative stroke and 30-day mortality following non-cardiac elective surgery
  • An exploration of service users’ perspectives of Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid – A specialist domestic violence and abuse service
  • Teens and sexting; are there any emerging public health messages associated with this 21st century phenomenon
  • A systematic review of the use of internet and social media for the delivery of health promotion on smoking, nutrition and physical activity
  • Premature birth and respiratory health in adulthood
  • A systematic review of epidemiological studies investigating risk factors for road traffic crashes in low and middle income countries
  • Content analysis of press coverage in the UK of Zika virus during 2016
  • Healthcare worker seasonal influenza vaccine
  • The role of male involvement in family planning in developing countries: a systematic review and meta analysis
  • E-cigarettes: A qualitative study of attitudes in the workplace
  • A cross-sectional study of the impacts of standardised tobacco packaging legislation on University of Nottingham students
  • Qualitative systematic review: views and perceptions of HIV



Some of our students have also in the past secured dissertation project placements and internships including: 

  • 2017-18: “Strengths and Gaps in Access and Promotion of the Nottinghamshire C-Card Scheme: A Qualitative Evaluation” (Public Health Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire County Council)
  • 2017-18: Best Beginnings (London); Action on Smoking & Health (London); Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation (Nottingham); Division of Epidemiology and Public Health (Nottingham)

  • 2016-17: WHO (Copenhagen); Best Beginnings (London); Action on Smoking & Health (London); East Midland Ambulance Service (Nottingham)

  • 2015-16: WHO (Copenhagen); Best Beginnings (London)

    Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment (Vienna); Nottingham City Council (Nottingham) 





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 Wednesdays and Thursdays; and Semester Two on Thursdays.

Optional modules are taught in Semester One on Tuesdays and Fridays, and in Semester Two on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students attend depending on their choice of modules.

Full-time students attend on all timetabled days; part-time students attend depending on their choice of which year to take core and optional modules.

View sample timetable PDF format


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
  • Planning and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
  • Introduction to Health Promotion
  • 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.





Below is a list of all core and optional modules shared between the Master of Public Health and MPH (Global Health) postgraduate courses.

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

Module Catalogue
Dissertation (EPID4011)


Core1 Core1
Planning and Evaluating Public Health Interventions (MEDS4013)


Core* Core*
Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics (EPID4002)


Core Core

Health Economics (video) (EPID4021)


Core Core
Health Promotion (EPID4007)


Core Core
Health Systems Strengthening (EPID4026)


Core Opt
Global Health (EPID4018)


Opt Core

Advanced Statistical Methods (video) (EPID4017)


Opt Opt

Qualitative Methodology and Analysis (video) (EPID4012)


Opt Opt

Tobacco Control Interventions (video) (EPID4020)


Opt Opt

Sociology of Health and Illness (video) (EPID4006)


Opt Opt

Health Protection Principles and Practice (video) (EPID4003)


Opt Opt

Data Organisation and Management in Epidemiology (DOME): A Practical Course in Stata (video) (EPID4022)


Opt Opt

Public Health Nutrition Policy (BIOS4053)


Opt Opt

Promotion of workplace health and wellbeing (PSTY4055)


Opt Opt

 Principles and processes of comprehensive systematic reviews (NURS4015)


Opt Opt

1 Masters students only

* For new students starting in 2018/19.

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.



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.

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

International (non-EU) students


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.

Find out more on our scholarships webpages for international applicants. 


Careers and professional development

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 (e.g. city council, county councils, Public Health England, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Ministries of Health), while some graduates work for multilateral organisations (e.g.World Health Organisation), non-governmental organisations (e.g. Christian Aid, International Medical Corp, World Wildlife Fund), in private organisations (pharmaceutical companies) or in a range of academic careers at the University of Nottingham, elsewhere in the UK and across the world.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.5% of postgraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £34,871 with the highest being £76,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of 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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