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Public Health - iheed (PGCert/PGDip/MPH) (2024 Entry)

Explore our Master of Public Health taught course.

The pandemic has highlighted the essential role that Public Health plays in local, national and international healthcare. There is no shortage of demand for such professionals, with the WHO estimating a global deficit of more than 500,000 public health workers. This new Masters is very relevant. It has a contemporary curriculum designed in response to current global health needs. It covers all traditional areas of policy, communicable disease control, epidemiology, statistics, social determinants of health, the impact of political policy and health infrastructure.

Course overview

Many countries are experiencing rapidly changing socio-economic landscapes, increasing urbanisation, and shifting disease patterns, underscoring the urgent need to develop a healthcare workforce possessing a comprehensive understanding of public health principles and the capacity to effectively implement them in professional practice. This programme aims to educate public health professionals who are capable of navigating the dynamic landscape of global health issues and to implement effective, evidence-based strategies and to promote health and well-being in diverse populations.

The University of Warwick / iheed Master of Public Health is a comprehensive programme, carefully designed to cover a wide range of topics relevant to public health practice, including epidemiology, population-health, health promotion, health protection, health services management, and research methods. The unique partnership between the University of Warwick and iheed brings together Warwick’s academic excellence and iheed’s unrivalled expertise in online healthcare education. This ensures that graduates are well-prepared to tackle various public health issues in a range of settings, from local communities to international organisations.

The programme cover contemporary areas such as climate change, gender and race discrimination, healthy cities, and global mental health. Our curriculum, closely aligned with the Faculty of Public Health’s Diplomate examination, provides a highly engaging, richly informative, and convenient educational opportunity for busy professionals and is accessible through a dedicated state-of-the-art online learning environment.

Through successful completion of the programme, learners will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of methods of practice of public health, including disease prevention, health protection, communicable disease control and screening.
  2. Demonstrate how epidemiological and statistical principles can be applied to health promotion.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of sociological determinants of health and illness.
  4. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of health improvement approaches.
  5. Critically examine whether a public health intervention is working.
  6. Formulate possible solutions to global health issues relating to health protection, health promotion, health improvement and health services.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of key economic concepts and justify the use of these concepts to support health policy and health promotion.
  8. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in the critical evaluation and synthesis of the research evidence in an area of public health, and consider possible developments and improvements for implementation.
  9. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of different research methodologies and how these might be applied to research in public health and health promotion, and report the findings in the format of a journal article and an academic poster.

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

  • Hold a 2:2 honours degree from a recognised institution

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:

  • Band A

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.

Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Core modules

Core Modules – Masters

  • Public, Population and Personal Health
  • Influence of Society and Politics on Health
  • Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • International Health and Sustainable Development
  • Health Policy, Economics and Management
  • Research in Public Health and Health Promotion


We adopt a student-centric approach, ensuring that the needs and priorities of our students are at the heart of everything we do.

Acknowledging the busy schedules of healthcare professionals, this part-time, wholly online course offers a state-of-the-art flexible online learning environment, allowing students to balance their studies with their personal and professional commitments. This includes a carefully considered blend of live and asynchronous learning components, enabling students to learn at their own pace and access course materials at any time, on any device.

We pride ourselves on offering personalised support to students throughout their learning journey. Many of our learners are returning to education after a significant gap so the course includes a comprehensive induction, guidance on academic writing and study and regular feedback. This helps students to overcome barriers to learning and fosters a sense of belonging and engagement within their group.

Throughout the course, students will engage in:

  • Weekly online synchronous tutorials
  • Stimulating weekly activities
  • Tutor-moderated discussion forums
  • Interactive case studies
  • Practical application of the principles of public health as relevant to their professional practice.

Class sizes

The course recruits 3 cohorts per year, with approximately 40 students in each cohort.

Students are allocated to groups of approximately 25 based on their preference for tutorial times.


Each of the core modules are assessed through a variety of methods. This includes evidence-based essays, individual presentations and reports on topics related to key elements of the curriculum.

For the Masters and the research module, assessment will comprise a research protocol, oral presentation, poster presentation and a journal article.

Your timetable

A personalised timetable will be provided to all students as part of the induction to the programme.

Your career

A public health qualification is an essential criterion for a wide range of rewarding and challenging roles in public health. Graduates of this online Master of Public Health (MPH) can advance their careers in public health, epidemiology, global health, health promotion, environmental health, health services management, health communication, and many more areas.

Furthermore, the programme's strong emphasis on research and its close alignment with the UK Faculty of Public Health’s Diplomate examination prepares graduates for advanced academic pursuits. Those inclined towards research or academic contributions can consider PhD pathways or roles in academic institutions as lecturers or researchers.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for this course are arranged directly with iheed. Sponsorships, scholarships and flexible payment options are available. Please speak with one of the iheed education advisors for more information.

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How to apply

For information about the application process, please go to the iheed course page.

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