Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2016.


Qualification type

MPH - Master of Public Health

Subject areas

Environmental Health (General) Health Promotion

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2016.

Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society. This is the ideal programme if you are a professional or new to the subject and you wish to address today’s problems in public health. This programme is taught on-campus, but we also offer a part-time MPH by online distance learning which may suit those who wish to continue working while studying, or who are unable to come to Edinburgh. You will gain an understanding of how different scientific disciplines can be used to investigate and then develop the best professional practice in epidemiology, public health and social science, ethics and health. This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy. The programme will prepare you for a career in research or academia, professional public-health service, clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, public-health protection and a wide range of national and international organisations concerned with preventing disease and improving the health of populations.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2016.

Full time | University of Edinburgh | 1 year | SEP-16

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2016.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews (10 Credits) - Core

This module will introduce students to basic concepts of systematic reviews, and pooling of data through meta-analysis. Areas to be considered will include the rationale for systematic reviews, how they impact on health care decision-making, and the basic steps in undertaking a systematic review. The principles of meta-analysis will be discussed, along with some basic examples.

Introduction to Statistics (10 Credits) - Core

The module aims to provide an introduction to statistical thinking and to explain some of the basic principles underlying statistical methods, without considering particular techniques in full mathematical detail. This should allow sufficient knowledge to appraise statistical methods described and applied in the literature. In addition, the module aims to provide a broader framework for critical appraisal of all aspects of published quantitative public health research, so that students are equipped to assess the literature in all areas of their future study and careers.

Introduction to Research Ethics (10 Credits) - Core

This module aims to introduce students to some of the principles of research ethics and research governance procedures. The module will look at the ethical requirements for undertaking public health research: epidemiological, experimental and qualitative research. It will also consider the basic principles of good scholarship common to all fields of public health research. The areas to be considered will include issues of ethics and governance and basic ethical principles.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2016.

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2016.

Applicants require a UK health undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent from a good university; for those with non-health related backgrounds or those who have been out of full-time education for some time, both academic qualifications and work experience will be considered; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

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