MPH in Public Health


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Programme Description

The Bradford MPH is designed for those looking to move into public health, policy or community development at a senior level, and is suitable for candidates from diverse undergraduate study backgrounds and/or professional experience.

The programme develops students into future healthcare leaders who understand health policy, community change, human behaviour change, or health service design.

The programme places emphasis on leadership and strategic thinking developed through comprehensive qualitative and quantitative research, analysis and evaluation. It is tailored to the demographic and epidemiological challenges of contemporary urban societies - the diseases of affluence and ageing, and the marginalized and vulnerable populations produced by these kinds of settings.

The Bradford MPH provides training in public policy, health care practice development, epidemiology, and community development that focusses on skills for change, making it a must-have qualification for those wishing to address the contemporary challenges of public health or undertake research in the public health field.

The following specialisms are available:

  • Leadership and Management development
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Long Term Conditions
  • Professional accreditation

The programme has been mapped onto the Faculty of Public Health syllabus for the Part A examinations of the Faculty of Public Health and up to Level 7 of the Public Health Skills and Career Framework (Public Health Resource, 2008). Specialism is possible through the choice of elective modules and dissertation topic.

Entry requirements

  • Candidates must hold a 2:1 honours degree or the overseas equivalent in a medical, health or social sciences subject.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree and a minimum of two years professional public health-related experience may also be considered.
  • A degree-level professional qualification in an appropriate subject, normally with some experience in the broad field of public health will also be considered.

English language requirements

  • English language IELTS 6.5

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.



  • Introduction to Public Health (NUR7053-B)
  • Health Needs Assessment (NUR7050-B)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (NUR7048-B)
  • Pursuing primary research (RES7008-E)
  • Pursuing a Systematic review (RES7007-E)
  • Management Project (LEM7006-E)


  • Long Term Conditions (NUR7054-B)
  • Quality Assurance and Medicine Safety (PHA7051-B)
  • Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice (LEM7028-B)
  • Health Promotion in Practice (NUR7052-B)
  • Communicable Disease Control: Emergence, Detection and Response (NUR7047-B)
  • Preparing for a Systematic Review (NUR7055-B)
  • Health Promoting Palliative Care (NUR7051-B)
  • Management of Global Pharmaceutical Supply (PHA7049-B)
  • Strategy, Policy and Organisations (LEM7029-B)
  • Advanced Epidemiology (NUR7046-B)
  • Health and Society (NUR7049-B)
  • Working with Communities to Improve Health (NUR7056-B)
  • Preparing for primary research (RES7011-B)
  • Quality Assurance and Medicine Safety (PHA7051-B)
  • Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice (LEM7028-B)

Learning and assessment

Learning methods

The programme is delivered through lectures, facilitated seminars and online learning and resources to help prepare students for the formative assessments.


You will learn using a range of different assessment techniques, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Written essay
  • A reflective Case study
  • Computer-based Multiple-Choice Question examination
  • Computer-based open book examination
  • Seminar Presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Written project report
  • Completion of a Dissertation
  • Research paper/executive summary

Career support

Our students have the unique opportunity to shadow public health practitioners in the field, attend short training courses developed and delivered by Public Health England and network with a variety of public health practitioners and employers.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

A practical degree with instant international recognition, an MPH is the "MBA" of the health world - one that will add both prestige and practice skills to enhance or change your current career.

The University of Bradford works in partnership with Public Health England to offer a continually evolving contemporary programme. This partnership and approach enable the programme team to support students as they develop the relevant skills and knowledge for their future careers in Public Health.

Graduates will be equipped to address contemporary Public Health challenges such as changing health demographics, health inequalities, and problems of access, quality, and continuity of care. It will help healthcare professionals to find creative policy solutions and implement tailored practice-interventions.

Graduates will be change agents identifying ways to address health problems but also to innovate by building on community and health service assets to enhance the quality of life for people in a safe, ethical and cost-effective way.

Study support

You will be allocated a personal tutor who is someone with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal concerns.

Programme leaders are available for any related matters, and advice is given regularly towards curriculum and progression.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students in every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.


The programme has been developed by leading academics in the field of public health.

It draws on specialist knowledge from the Bradford Institute of Health Research and Bradford District Metropolitan Council Public Health Department.

Last updated Jan 2020

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