The Masters in Public Health (MPH) course 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 course 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 the 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 learning experience, suitable for full- and part-time, UK and international students in a stimulating research-led teaching environment.
I would recommend the MPH to students who have an interest in aspects of public health. There are many possibilities in terms of careers following the course. There are a number of career routes available.
I would recommend the course to a lot of people, I personally had a good experience with it. I liked the fact alongside a few compulsory modules you could choose from a wide range of options to complement previous research/topic knowledge or to expand your learning further.
The MPH programme at WMS will give you the confidence to become a competent and valuable public health practitioner.
Part time structure
At the start of Year 1, students choose to pursue route 1 or route 2. The route they choose is then continued into Year 2.
|Route 1||Route 2|
|Year 1 (Postgraduate Certificate)||Three Core Modules (60 CATS)
(For details of modules see box below)
Two Core Modules and One Option Module (60 CATS)
|Route 1||Route 2|
|Remaining One Core Module and Two Option Modules (60 CATS)||Remaining Two Core Modules and One Option Module (60 CATS)|
|Year 3 (MSc)||
Professional Project (40 CATS) and One Option Module (20 CATS)
Dissertation (60 CATS): To take this option you must have completed Epidemiology and Statistics (core module) or Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Healthcare (option module) with a grade >60%
Full Time Structure (1 year):
Four Core Modules (80 CATS)
Three Option Modules (60 CATS)
Professional Project (40 CATS)
Four Core Modules (80 CATS)
Two Option Modules (40 CATS)
Dissertation (60 CATS): To continue to the Dissertation you must have completed Epidemiology and Statistics (core module) OR Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Healthcare (option module) with a grade >60%
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 the reading and writing components and no component below 6).
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.
Assessment for each module can be seen by looking at the relevant module page but typically consists of written essays of 4,000 words each. The Professional Project is assessed by 4,000 word project report, an oral presentation and poster presentation.
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