The Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme is an interdisciplinary degree, drawing upon expertise across a wide range of subject areas and seeks to explore the complexity of Public Health issues in the UK and internationally.
The programme aims to provide relevant qualifications to meet national and international needs for a skilled public health workforce and to prepare students for further academic study with a view to academic careers.
The course provides students with opportunity to develop and demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding in a wide range of public health areas.
This is reinforced with the optional modules offered on the course, allowing students to pursue their own health-related interests.
Overall, the course aims to provide a focused yet flexible learning experience, suitable for full- and part-time, UK and international students in a stimulating research-led teaching environment.
Course title: Public Health
Qualifications: MPH, PGCert, PGDip
|MPH||1 year||2-5 years|
|PGDip||1 year||2-3 years|
|PGCert||1 year||2-3 years|
Study mode: Part-time/Full-time
Course Director: Neil Raymond
Start date (Full-time): September/October (may vary depending on academic year)
The course is particularly aimed at people currently involved in the practice of aspects of public health, people seeking membership of the UK Faculty of Public Health, people working in health promotion and those interested in pursuing academic careers within public health.
These objectives reflect the wide subject areas covered in core and optional modules. After completion of the course, students should:
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of epidemiological methods, their applications, strengths and weaknesses and current methodological issues
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the application of medical statistics to the assessment of risk and disease impact
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the national and international context of public health and health care policy
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of methods in the practice of public health
- Be able to implement methods of assessing health and health care
- Be able to prepare appropriate public health protocols and policy documents
- Be able to identify an appropriate balance of different approaches to policy questions
- Have the ability to use critical appraisal skills and evaluate and use different sources of evidence appropriately
- Have the ability to carry out formal statistical hypothesis testing
- Have developed good written and oral communication skills
- Have developed collaborative working skills, along with numeracy and information technology
The MPH is offered for full- or part-time study; full-time students start in October and complete their studies in September of the following year. Part-time students may adopt a more flexible approach, with registration for 2-5 years; study may commence at any time within the academic year, subject to approval from the Course Director.
- Epidemiology and Statistics
- Practice of Public Health
- Sociology of Health, Health Policy and the Social Determinants of Health
- Issues in Public Health
- Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Health Care available onsite or via distance learning
Optional modules must be chosen from within the WMS taught postgraduate framework with a demonstrable relevance to Public Health, subject to entry requirements and approval of the Course Director.
Examples of option modules include:
- Design, Analysis and Interpretation of Epidemiological Research
- International Health Policy
- Health Screening
- Public Mental Health and Wellbeing: measurement, determinants and promotion
- International Child Health
- Introduction to Management in Health Service Organisations
- Qualitative and Comparative Research Methods in Health
We welcome applications from graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years work experience.
All applicants require experience within the public health field, either paid or voluntary, ideally for 3 years.
Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
International students will also be required to show sufficient competence in English (IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing).
Teaching is generally organised within one week intensive study blocks. Teaching methods include lectures, seminar and group work, and students will have opportunity to draw on their academic and work experience.
Parts of the course are taught by visiting or guest clinical or academic lecturers.
Each module is assessed by a 4,000 word written assignment.
Dependent on the option taken, students will complete either a Professional Project or a Dissertation. Professional Project assessment requires completion of a student-directed project, with a written report of 8-10,000 words. Dissertation assessment requires completion of a student-directed research project, including a written report of 15-20,000 words.
Having got onto the UK public health training scheme I opted to do my MPH at Warwick Medical School due to the University’s excellent reputation and varied research interests of the academic staff at the medical school.
The MPH was intellectually stimulating and provided an opportunity to meet other physicians and professionals with interests in public health from around the world, and build a network that I continue to interact with both professionally and socially. It provided a strong basis for my career in public health medicine, and excelled in providing the knowledge across the different domains of public health which I use in my daily practice.
Dr Daniel Todkill, MBChB, MPH, BSc (hons)
Speciality Registrar in Public Health Medicine,
West Midlands Deanery