This course is for professionals from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds who aspire to solve public health problems. Students often want to move into a leadership or management role and find the content – which covers everything from planning evaluation studies to designing a public health programme – comprehensive and relevant.
The Masters in Public Health programme will equip you with skills in research methods and theoretical knowledge in public health sciences, which you will need to lead and evaluate public health programmes.
Our approach is non-clinical and informed by evidence-based practice. We explore how public health is mapped and measured, and use case studies to unpick how socio-economic and political forces influence the public health agenda. We also consider the unique ethical issues that arise within public health interventions.
As a School we lead high-quality research and practice that advances public health, paying particular attention to the world's poorest populations. The School offers you the opportunity to interact and learn from the expertise of eminent academic staff, specialising in diverse topics.
"Public health is basically everything to do with health at the population level. It’s managing human resources in countries, managing funding at an international and local level, it’s changing people’s behaviour, it’s prevention, it’s cure, it’s treatment…”
Course Director, Dr Divya Parmar
For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
Due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
Please note a non-refundable deposit of £500 is required when accepting your offer in order to secure your place.
The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.
City’s dynamic Masters of Public Health is introduced by Programme Director Dr. Divya Parmar and alumnus Peter Simon Lokomo. This internationally focused Masters is designed for both clinical and non-clinical professionals who aspire to solve healthcare problems.
We do not have organised internships or placements as a formal requirement of the programme. We do, however, offer advice on how to secure opportunities and we support you through this experience.
City’s Career Service offers a wide range of support to enhance your employability, including skill-building workshops for resume writing and mock interviews, online job-matching, special events, and alumni networking opportunities, and individual career counselling.
As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
You learn through a mix of lectures, class discussions, seminars, presentations, case study analyses, interactive computer-based exercises, a virtual learning environment, guided independent learning and individual supervision.
Lectures are discussion-oriented and there is a lot of group work giving you the opportunity to discuss solutions to problems, or to design a public health programmes drawn from your own experiences. Group presentations also form a significant part of the programme.
In terms of contact hours, for every 15-credit module you study, you will have 30 hours of teaching time and around 120 hours of self-directed/independent study. This means that as a full-time student you will have 3 hours of teaching time and 12 hours of self-directed study for each course each week.
You are assessed on a range of areas including your project dissertation, exams, assignments and group work.
From the basic concepts of epidemiology to the kinds of socio-economic conditions that influence health equality, the programme’s core content gives you a strong foundation in public health theory and research methods.
There are seven core modules and a dissertation. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to design and carry out a major research project in a public health topic of your choice. Many students use the dissertation as an opportunity to apply their learning to a public health issue that is important to them. The full course content represents 180 credits which includes 60 credits for the dissertation. As a part-time student, you will take 30 credits per term and as a full-time student you will take 60 credits per term. Find out about the specific term dates here.
This course will give you a thorough grounding in research methods so you will be able to analyse data and design evidence-based public health programmes. You will also develop a thorough understanding of public health theories – from exploring the socio-political context in which public health is positioned to unpicking the key measures you need to put in place to inform policy, practice and research.
You will begin by looking at the socio-historical context for public health and consider the ethical issues that arise in relation to public health interventions. Because public health is a very broad discipline, content experts from across and beyond City will teach sessions in this module to reflect the subject’s reach.
Epidemiology is the study of disease in relation to the individual person, their place in the world and their life cycle. This module will give you an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline.
Examining the key concepts and debates in global health, in this module you study how global health burden is measured and mapped, and consider the roles of the different actors and stakeholders involved. You will use case studies to assess how political, economic, social and structural forces interact, both at the local and global levels, to influence the global heath agenda.
This module will give you an introduction to the concepts and evidence relating to health patterns in our societies including differences in health across the socio-economic gradient, between genders and ethnic groups. You will examine explanations for these systematic differences and critically assess strategies, interventions and policies aimed at reducing health inequalities.
You will develop a thorough understanding of the principles, theory and epistemology of research and data analysis methods. Equal emphasis is given to the teaching of qualitative and quantitative research methods and study designs.
In this module we will introduce a number of advanced data analysis methods and lead you through their background, rationale, practical application and interpretation, using step-by step-explanations. Knowledge of these will help you understand, evaluate and draw informed conclusions from the complex analyses of other researchers, address how you will use the data in projects you design and encourage you to analyse existing datasets in alternative ways.
The module builds on the work completed in the introduction to research methods and data analysis module. It aims to further develop your understanding of research methods in a health context, introducing more complex forms of study design and higher-level methods of appraisal and literature review. Several research methods will be examined in-depth with consideration of both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Drawing on your research skills and theoretical knowledge developed from the other core modules, you will investigate a particular problem or issue within your specialist area of interest. This will enable you to further develop your abilities in research design, data collection, analysis and critical interpretation.
The Masters in Public Health is an internationally recognised degree. Our graduates work globally in the public and private sectors including international agencies, charities, government, industry and private practice.
From international NGOs to government ministries of health, donor organisations and the NHS, you will graduate with the ability to apply your skills in conducting research, report writing and leading public health programmes. In addition, you will be able to use the strong foundation in public health theory and research methods gained on the course to work within professional bodies and study at doctoral level.