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Distance without attendance | UCL (University College London) | 1 year | SEP

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Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MPH - Master of Public Health

Subject areas

Health Promotion

Course type


Course Summary

Build the foundations of a meaningful career in public health with this innovative online Master’s degree. Taught by a university with a world-leading reputation in health, you’ll get to grips with global challenges and be ready to deliver solutions. A career focused programme integrating flexible online learning by design, this MPH equips you with essential in-demand skills that can help you solve some of the most pressing issues in public health today.

About this degree

A programme sitting at the leading edge of public health, our MPH degree will equip you with the skills to make a difference to public health in a multitude of contexts.

Taught from a global top 10 university also ranked 5th in the world for public health (Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021), this programme harnesses the expertise of public health academics, leaders, practitioners, and people with lived experience. Enabling you to bring world-class learning to your future employment, the MPH degree blends classical epidemiology with an innovative interdisciplinary approach. This is rooted in the recognition that our health is shaped by the world around us. Where we live, learn and work, the food we eat, the way we travel, and even the way our taxes are spent, all affects our health. That’s why this programme brings together different disciplines, from social sciences to the built environment, to help you explore the big picture.

Who this course is for

This degree is for new or recent graduates looking for a career focused Master’s that will enable you to bring knowledge and expertise to your future public health careers. The programme is also suitable for individuals already working in the public health field, ideal for your career progression, learning and development.

What this course will give you

The UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences is a community of world-leading academics, researchers and students that embraces UCL’s interdisciplinary focus. Becoming part of this community through our flagship online MPH programme, you will become equipped with the knowledge and skills to work effectively in public health settings. Together, we will address some of the world’s greatest public health challenges.

Teaching and learning

This programme has been specifically designed to be delivered wholly online, providing greater flexibility for those who have work, family and lifestyle commitments. As such, each week of learning allows you to undertake much of the required work flexibly. This includes watching pre-recorded presentations by topic experts and public health practitioners, as well as independent review of reading materials and other activities. Learning is pulled together in weekly interactive live online sessions, which includes seminars with guest speakers and small-group tutorials.


As a graduate of our MPH programme, you will come away with a variety of in-demand skills that employers working on public health issues need. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the meaning of health and its distribution across individuals and populations, providing an important basis to the public health field. Learning epidemiological, statistical and public health evaluation methods adds to a robust skill set for assessing the health of the public, health inequalities and interventions.


Statistics for Public Health - Core
Leadership and Management for Public Health - Core
Health Improvement Theory and Practice - Core
Fundamentals of Interdisciplinary Public Health - Core
Applied Epidemiology - Core
Health Protection - Core
Health Systems Organisation, Economics, and Policy - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or Merit at Master's level from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a related quantitative discipline (e.g. mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, genetics, computational biology) and health professionals (e.g. clinicians). Clinicians and other allied health professionals are required to have a degree (for example, an MBBS) and evidence of having completed quantitative modules, as well as a keen interest in medical statistics.

University information

University College London (UCL) is one of the largest and most highly ranked higher education institutions in the world, conducting leading research across a wide range of subject areas. Throughout its long and prestigious history, it has inspired and educated countless minds and produced 30 Nobel prize recipients. With one campus located in the heart of Bloomsbury, and a second campus in vibrant east London the university is home to around...more