Postgraduate study
Taught by internationally renowned epidemiologists and specialists, this is a specific course for those wishing to study public health with a focus on international 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 offer:

  • A globally relevant MPH programme with a specific focus on global public health issues
  • 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 multidisciplinary education environment
  • A mix of didactic lectures, seminars, sessions 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 Nottingham-based UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol  Studies and the Health Protection and Influenza Research Group (HPIRG), which is a WHO collaborating centre
  • A faculty 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 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

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 will you learn?

Through our comprehensive set of core modules you will gain skills that are transferable to public health practice in all contexts, and particularly in international settings. 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. 


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Full course details

Please note - Changes to the curriculum, including module names, for 2019/20 are being finalised and will be published on our online prospectus in early 2019 as soon as they are confirmed.


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 international 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:

  • 80 credits from core modules
  • 40 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
  • Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics
  • Health Economics
  • Health Promotion
  • 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.



Course 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, Thursdays and Fridays; and Semester Two on Thursdays.

Optional modules are taught in Semester One on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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

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.

Title (module code)CreditsMPHMPH(GH)

Dissertation (EPID4011)




Planning and Evaluating Public Health Interventions (MEDS4013)




Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics (EPID4002)




Health Economics ( video) (EPID4021)




Health Promotion (EPID4007)




Health Systems Strengthening (EPID4026)




Global Health (EPID4018)




Advanced Statistical Methods  (video) (EPID4017)




Qualitative Methodology and Analysis  (video) (EPID4012)




Tobacco Control Interventions  (video) (EPID4020)




Sociology of Health and Illness ( video) (EPID4006)




Health Protection principles and practice  (video) (EPID4003)




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




Public Health Nutrition Policy (BIOS4053)




Promotion of workplace health and wellbeing (PSTY4055)




Principles and processes of comprehensive systematic reviews (NURS4015)




* For new students starting in 2018/19.

** Masters students only


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.



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 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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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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