MPH Global Public Health

General

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Programme Description

Public Health is a growing concern with issues such as obesity and other complex conditions requiring a need for education and specialist training across the health sector.

This new masters in Global Public Health offers a foundation in public health training and exposure to global health analysis, politics, policies, systems and practices.

You’ll focus on global public health issues guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015:

  • Reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health
  • Injuries and violence
  • Universal health coverage (UHC) and health systems
  • Environmental risks
  • Health risks and disease outbreaks

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the health challenges facing populations and nations in an increasingly globalised world.

We aim to equip you with skills for planning, managing and evaluating health services for disease prevention, health protection and health promotion.

Graduates from this MPH should develop a workforce with strong management, leadership and critical thinking skills.

Features and Benefits

  • Equips you with skills for planning, managing and evaluating health services for disease prevention, health protection and health promotion.
  • Covers many of the areas necessary for sitting Part A of the Faculty of Public Health examination.
  • Our course has a part-time option to help you fit studying around your work.
  • Our teaching team consists of professors and readers in epidemiology, public health, sociology, health promotion and mental health.

Course Information

On this course, you’ll examine and reflect upon the challenges of preventing disease, tackling health inequalities and analysing outcomes in an increasingly globalised world.

The course is arranged as five core taught units (90 credits), two optional taught units (30 credits), and a 60 credit dissertation project.

You’ll learn from a breadth of modules, ranging from epidemiology, sociology, statistics, economics to mental health. We aim to ensure that all modules explicitly reflect that many public health challenges faced today are global health problems. This means all core and optional taught modules include specific content and data examples covering both global and regional situations, with emphasis on the seven WHO health-related SDG thematic areas.

You’ll critically analyse topics from disease prevention and health promotion to the cultural and historical conditions shaping public health policies and practice.

You’ll complete a supervised, independent 10-15,000 word research project providing an in-depth examination of a chosen area of global public health. Dissertation topics could include an area of public health relevant to your work and career plans, systematic or narrative literature reviews, or secondary data analysis.

The course will be delivered through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and computer-based activities as well as collaborative group work. We use our online learning environment (Moodle) to support our teaching activities and ensure electronic access to all teaching materials.

You’ll be assessed via a range of methods including essays, multiple-choice assessments, reviews of policy documents, reflective logs, oral presentations, written examinations and a supervised dissertation.

Full-time students will be expected to attend on all timetabled days. Part-time attendance will be dependent upon which year you take core and option units.

On this course, you'll study the following core units:

  • Global Public Health Challenges in the 21st Century
  • Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health
  • Sociological Methods for Public Health
  • Evidence-based Public Health and Health Promotion
  • International Health Systems and Policy
  • Dissertation

Study and assessment breakdown

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Level 7 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 85% independent study

Assessment

  • Level 7 85% coursework; 0% practical; 15% examination

Entry requirements

  • UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 (or the international equivalent)
  • Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. 
  • GCSE Maths and Science at grade A-C, or international equivalent (other evidence or experience will be considered on an individual basis).
  • Applicants may be interviewed as part of the Admissions process.

Mandatory prior study and relevant experience

This course is open to any university graduate in a health or health-related profession. Those with a medical degree should have one year of post-registration professional experience. Applicants with a non-health-related undergraduate degree must be able to demonstrate sufficient public health knowledge or experience.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU Students

  • Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £4,250 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island Students

  • Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £8,000 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

Other costs

  • Optional estimate: £400

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing. 

Career Prospects

This course provides a foundation to develop a wide range of professional careers in public health and epidemiology.

Public health focuses on populations and communities, as opposed to individuals, leading to potential careers in public or government services, research, NGOs and the voluntary sector. Although a number of common themes are covered in this course, you may specialise in roles ranging from health services research, public health analysts, health policy advisors, communicable disease control or directors of public health.

Last updated Oct 2020

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Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse international student population from more than 130 countries. The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old, which is a measure of its commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Manchester Metropolitan provides its students with regular employability events including advice workshops, industry networking, guest speakers and careers fairs. The University also has industry links with many global companies, including IBM, Bentley Motors, Bosch, Microsoft, Nike, Adidas, Manchester City Football Club and Walt Disney. A range of scholarships exclusive to international students is also available, up to the value of £5,000. Read Less