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Public Health MPH/PgDip/PgCert

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Full time | University of Glasgow | 12 months | 18-SEP-23

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MPH - Master of Public Health

Subject areas

Environmental Health (General) Health Promotion

Course type


Course Summary

The MPH Public Health aims to promote health, prevent disease, reduce inequalities in health, and prolong life. The population perspective of public health ensures that its practitioners are well placed to improve health wherever they are.

Our Master of Public Health degree reflects the multidisciplinary nature of public health through its flexible and innovative curriculum. Our programme enjoys strong links with the NHS, its public health practitioners and other regional and national bodies, ensuring student access to some of the country's leading authorities in public health.

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.


  • Taught by academics and practitioners from a wide variety of organisations and disciplines including Health Protection Scotland, environmental health, environmental protection, public health medicine, health economics and business/management.
  • Multidiscplinary in focus, attracting students with undergraduate degrees in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health related specialisms.
  • Option to graduate the MPH with or without specialisms by following certain courses. The specialisms are: Epidemiology, Data Science, Health Promotion, Health Economics
  • Central role in guiding health care practice, influencing health policy, protecting the public, and improving population health.
  • Among the earliest academic fields to move towards a multidisciplinary range of programmes involving staff from a number of areas. Current disciplines represented include health promotion, health protection, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, and health economics.
  • Recognised in most countries as an essential qualification for a career in public health.


Graduates have entered a wide range of professions and job roles across the world, for example:

  • public health specialist
  • clinical senior researcher
  • policy officer
  • senior research nurse
  • lead pharmacist
  • specialist registrar
  • research scientist.
  • lecturer
  • health development manager
  • public health advisor
  • health programme specialists
  • medical practitioner positions in public health
  • clinical university teacher
  • research positions
  • Others have gone on to study for PhDs in public heath and epidemiology.


This course assumes no prior knowledge of statistics. It covers graphical and numerical methods of displaying and summarising data along with the use and interpretation of confidence intervals, significance tests ( t tests, chi-square tests etc), correlation and linear regression. Students get hands on experience of using appropriate statistical software to carry out these analyses.

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Entry requirements

A relevant first degree, at least at 2.1 honours level, or equivalent.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more

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