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  1. Postgraduate
  2. 2021
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MPH Public Health

Entry Year:
Become a leader in public health on this dynamic Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme and make a positive change in the world

Key information

Start date

September 2021


Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years


Full-time: £11,020

Part-time: £5,510 per year




Full-time: £17,170

Part-time: £8,585 per year

Who is it for?

The Masters Degree in Public Health at City is ideal for those who aspire to address contemporary health challenges at local, national and international levels. The course is global, interdisciplinary, and has a distinct focus on social, political and economic determinants of health, including mental health. By joining us on the Masters in Public Health at City you will gain cutting edge knowledge on evidence-based practice and research for leading public health initiatives.

The MPH is the most widely recognised professional qualification for leadership in public health, and this course is perfect for those who have experience of working within or using health systems, from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.


The Masters Degree in Public Health programme is interdisciplinary and informed by evidence-based practice, meaning you will learn about the theory and practice of public health, using case studies from all over the world.

Our international case studies cover a wide range of health challenges (including mental health, wellbeing and non-communicable diseases) to explore how public health is mapped and measured; to unpick how socio-economic and political forces shape public health around the world; and to delve into the unique ethical issues posed by public health interventions. In doing this, the Masters in Public Health will give you what you need to lead and evaluate public health programmes.

At the School of Health Sciences, 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 be part of a dynamic research culture by interacting and learning from the expertise of eminent academic staff.

"For a long time, people have questioned the purpose of giving treatment to individuals while doing nothing to change the environment that contributed to their illness. Public health is about health at population level, and about exploring how different factors intersect to shape people’s health and well-being. On the Masters in Public Health at City, we are committed to exploring the social determinants of health, and to exploring issues of social justice, equity, power, and oppression in health.”

Course Director, Dr China Mills

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements


  • Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • Relevant employment experience in the health sector is taken into consideration. Applicants who have a lower second-class honours degree but have relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each category
  • TOEFL 100 overall with 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 19 Reading and 20 Speaking

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications are now open.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previously completed credits from a Masters level qualification that can be matched to credits on the programme qualification you would like to apply for, then you may be eligible for RPL or RP(E)L.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from study at this or another institution which has previously been assessed and/or awarded credit”.

Recognition of Prior Experiential learning (RP(E)L): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from the candidate’s life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.”

For more information on the policy, the maximum credits permitted and how to apply, please see the Guidance on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have any queries about the process, please contact the Postgraduate team: .

+44 (0)20 7040 5790

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More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).


Please note a non-refundable deposit of £500 is required when accepting your offer in order to secure your place.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.


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.

Masters of Public Health (MPH)

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.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Student support

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.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

We are proud to have a diverse range of students on the programme who share their experiences and learn a lot from each other. As well as coming from a wide range of countries and different backgrounds, our students bring with them a wealth of expertise. For example, we have previously welcomed students with experience in medicine; nursing; mental health; nutrition; dentistry; and those who have experience working with Governments, charitable organisations and non-governmental organisations.

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 five core modules, two electives (optional) modules and a dissertation. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to design and carry out a major research project on 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 normally 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.

Please take a look at the provisional MPH timetables for Full-time and Part-time study:

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.

Core Public Health modules

  • Public health (15 credits)
  • 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 (15 credits)
  • 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.

  • Global health (15 credits)
  • 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 health agenda.

  • Social determinants of health (15 credits)
  • 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.

For one core (30 credit) module, you can choose one of the following:

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • 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.

  • Evidence-Based Evaluation (30 credits)
  • This module will introduce you to the main types of evaluation (outcome, process and economic) and provide you with a thorough grounding in the main approaches and methodologies.

Elective modules

Students take two elective modules (30 credits in total) which they can choose from a list of modules on health policy, management and advanced research methods.

Following is the provisional list of electives on offer:

  • Health Policy Process, Politics and Power (15 credits)
  • Health Economics (15 credits)
  • Health Policy in Britain (15 credits)
  • International Health Systems (15 credits)
  • Leading Change (15 credits)
  • Advanced research methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced applied data analysis (15 credits)

All spaces on elective modules are not guaranteed and are subject to availability. If space is not available for the elective, students will be informed and asked to pick another module.


  • Dissertation (60 credits)

    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.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Public Health working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Honorary Visiting Professor working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Perinatal Health working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Emeritus Professor of Food and Health Policy working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Maternal and Child Health working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Student
    I was attracted to City by its strong academic reputation and by the diverse, interesting and practical nature of the MPH course. Plus its central location is an added bonus
  • Student
    I was attracted to the course because it’s a one year programme in London. Additionally obtaining a MPH will make me more competitive and eligible for positions that will help advance my career in the direction I want it to go in
  • Student
    I needed a course that was going to fit around my job. The course was available part-time and I could undertake two modules one day a week which worked well around my job. I lived on the outskirts of London so City was convenient to get to

Career prospects

Our students often move into leadership or management roles, and find the course content – which covers public health, epidemiology, global health, social determinants of health, research methods, and a range of electives - innovative, comprehensive and relevant.

MPH graduates work globally in both the private and public sectors including the NHS, international agencies, charities, industry, local government, private practice, and academic and research environments.

Students gain vital transferable skills which are applicable to all health and medical-related careers where attention to detail, conducting research and evaluation for evidence-based practice and report writing are an advantage. In addition, graduates can use the strong foundation in public health theory and research methods gained on the course to facilitate entry to professional bodies and pursue doctoral level study at City.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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