Postgraduate study
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. This is a specific course for those wishing to study public health with a focus on global health issues.
MPH Public Health (Global Health)
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
6.5 (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.

What we offer

New curriculum for 2019

Please see course details below.

Global relevance

A globally relevant MPH with the option to focus specifically on global health issues.

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 the Nottingham China Health Institute.

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

We put our students at the heart of what we do. We provide 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 of both full-time and part-time study to allow different pathways through the programme

Key facts 

Is this course right for you?

This course is ideal for individuals who

  • work or plan to work in public health and related fields
  • have a particular interest in global public health issues
  • 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, research methods, critical appraisal 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, health economics, health promotion, sociology and health protection.

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.


What our students say


Full course details

New curriculum for 2019


Aligned with our Masters of Public Health, this is a specific pathway to meet the needs of students wishing to study public health with an emphasis on global health issues.

Based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health within the School of Medicine, we have 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. 

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


You will need to complete a total of 180 credits for the masters course:

  • 70 credits from core modules
  • 50 credits from optional modules
  • 60 credits from your dissertation  

Three major components

Core modules cover essential public health disciplines

These include:

  • Planning and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
  • Medical Statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Research Methods for Public Health
  • Fundamentals of Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Dissertation
Optional modules, allowing you to develop your individual interests

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.

Students from overseas are encouraged bring with them ideas and material suitable for their project, and may discuss these in advance with staff.

  • 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) 



Course start date and University Welcome events

The course begins on Monday 23 September 2019, when all students are expected to attend the course’s compulsory taught introductory week which runs Monday 23September to Friday 27 September 2019, inclusive. You need to be
in the country by this date in order to begin teaching of compulsory modules.

Please note our core Fundamentals of Public Health module is taught in a one-week block from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2019, inclusive. Attendance is compulsory for the full five days of the module.

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 Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Optional modules are taught in Semester Two on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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.Our part-time timetable is flexible where possible to accommodate individual needs.

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 and tutorials 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 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
  • Assessed group work

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

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip). This 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.

Many of our PGDip students successfully transfer to the full MPH (International Health) 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*
Medical Statistics


Core* Core*


Core* Core*
Fundamentals of Public Health


Core* Core*
Research Methods for Public Health


Core* Core*

Health Economics ( video) (EPID4021)


Opt Opt
Health Promotion (EPID4007)


Opt Opt
Health Systems Strengthening (EPID4026)


Opt Opt
Global Health (EPID4018)


Opt Core

Further Medical Statistics (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)

This module is not running in 19/20 but will run again in 20/21.


Opt Opt

 Principles and processes of comprehensive systematic reviews (NURS4015)


Opt Opt

1 Masters students only

* For new students starting in 2019/20.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

The need for professional education and training in global public health has been consistently recognised and rewarded through the scholarship process.

More than half of students in our Masters in Public Health (International Health) programme received scholarships or funding to help them achieve their academic goals in previous cohorts.

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 Graduate School at The University of Nottingham 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, fees and finance webpages for international applicants. 


Careers and professional development

Employability following successful completion of the Masters in Public Health (International 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 2017, 95.7% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £28,625 with the highest being £76,001.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. 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 2013–2019, High Fliers Research




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