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Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Environmental Health (General) Health Promotion

Course type


Course Summary

This full-time course is designed to provide successful students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills which, when combined with appropriate further experience, will enable them to make a professional contribution to public health. Approximately two-thirds of the curriculum is shared with the MPhil in Epidemiology. The course draws on local strengths in quantitative methods and their application to the solution of public health problems. It covers most of the curriculum for the UK Faculty of Health Part A examination. Throughout the course students are able to draw on the research expertise within the Institute of Public Health and wider expertise in the University. The course is open to medical and non-medical graduates and is aimed at: Graduate students who wish to gain an advanced understanding in public health research; Graduate students with practical experience in a health field, who wish to have a career in public health; Trainee public health physicians and public health specialists working in the NHS; Public health professionals who wish to gain a fuller understanding of aetiologic and applied epidemiology and other disciplines at the foundation of public health practice, and their application to the solution of public health problems. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used during the course including lectures, practical exercises, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. The level moves from basic to advanced within the three terms.

By the end of the course participants should: Have an sound understanding of basic epidemiological theory and be able to apply it in a practical setting; Be able to identify, synthesise and criticise relevant published research literature; Have the necessary skills to be able to analyse public health problems including: selection of appropriate measures to describe the health status of populations and groups; selection of appropriate measures by which to compare and rank public health problems; the quantitative attribution of public health problems to their modifiable (putative) causes; assessment of the potential benefit from the modification of causal exposures quantifying the uncertainty of quantities of public health interest; Have developed a critical approach to the evaluation of their own and others' research and analytic work.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


10 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2.1 Honours Degree. Non-medical applicants usually have degrees in a quantitative science or a health-related area, although other relevant experience will also be considered.