Our Master's in Public Health (MPH) course is an interdisciplinary degree, drawing upon expertise across a wide range of subject areas, and seeks to explore the complexity of Public Health issues in the UK and internationally.
The course aims to provide relevant qualifications to meet national and international needs for a skilled public health workforce and to prepare students for further academic study with a view to academic careers.
The course provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding in a wide range of public health areas, which is reinforced with the wide range of optional modules offered on the course, allowing students to pursue their own health-related interests.
Master's in Public Health ranked 3rd in the UK and 16th in the world.
We're delighted that our Master's in Public Health has been ranked 3rd in the UK and 16th in the world in the Eduniversal Best Master's Ranking 2019.
Who is the course for?
The course is particularly aimed at:
Those wishing to pursue a career in public health.
Those currently involved in the practice of aspects of public health or who are working in health promotion.
Those seeking membership of the UK Faculty of Public Health.
Why study Public Health at Warwick?
Wide range of modules
We offer a wide range of modules, meaning you can choose to study the areas of Public Health that are of most interest to you. There are four core modules that everybody has to take, which cover core public health content:
Epidemiology and Statistics
Disease Prevention and Health Protection
Social Determinants of Health
Health Improvement and Management for Public Health
In addition, all students will take the postgraduate induction module.
Students then have a free choice of three out of 10 optional modules, including the module 'Public Mental Health and Wellbeing: Measurements, Determinants and Promotion', which is unique to Warwick.
If you wish, you can choose a defined pathway for your optional modules, depending on your career plans. For example:
Academic Public Health Pathway
Introduction to Health Economics (for non-economists)
Qualitative Research Methods in Health
Design, Analysis, and Interpretation of Epidemiological Research
Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Healthcare
Global Health Pathway
International Health Policy
Health Services Pathway
Introduction to Management in Health Services Organisations
Research project tailored to your interests
All students choose to complete either a Professional Project or a larger Dissertation on a topic of their choice to reflect their interests. Examples of students’ previous projects include the following:
An exploration of the perceptions of food business operators of the ‘Eat Out Eat Well Award’ scheme
Prevention of childhood obesity in China: A systematic review
Investigation of models of primary care for homeless patients
An evaluation of flu vaccination uptake in care home workers
Hypertension in antiretroviral-treated and naïve people living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review
To complement the health education effort of health agencies in Nigeria during the Coronavirus pandemic, one of our Public Health graduates, Eze Nwamaka started a podcast series called Coronavirus Logues. The aim was to dispel public misconceptions about Coronavirus and to share information about measures to stop the spread of the virus in Nigeria. Notable among their sessions was the Covid-19 Mythbusters podcast where they adopted the content from the WHO guidelines and recruited volunteer frontline health workers from different parts of Nigeria to deliver it in Pidgin English.
Possibility of work experience
For students not currently working in public health, Pathways to the Public Health Workplace is a popular optional module, giving you practical experience of working in public health, either internationally or in the UK.
Alignment with UK Faculty of Public Health
Our modules are mapped to the content of the Part A syllabus of the UK Faculty of Public Health.
Input from external Public Health professionals
In addition to input from professors and lecturers in Public Health from Warwick Medical School, our modules include input from consultants in Public Health from Public Health England and local authorities and other external agencies.
Choice of full- or part-time study
Highly ranked course
We're delighted that our Master's in Public Health has been ranked 16th in the world in the Eduniversal Best Master's Ranking 2019.
Part-time structure (1-3 years)
At the start of Year 1, students choose to pursue route 1 or route 2. The route they choose is then continued into Year 2.
Full-time structure (1 year)
Four Core Modules (80 CATS)
Three Option Modules (60 CATS)
Professional Project (40 CATS)
Four Core Modules (80 CATS)
Two Option Modules (40 CATS)
Dissertation (60 CATS)
MH900 Epidemiology and Statistics
Disease Prevention and Health Protection (previously called 'Practice of Public Health')
Health Improvement and Management for Public Health (previously called 'Issues in Public Health')
MH903 Social Determinants of Health
MH933 Health Screening
MD913 Design, Analysis and Interpretation Epidemiology Research
Epidemiology and Statistics
MH910 International Health Policy
MD990 Introduction to Health Economics (for non–economists)
MD941 Public Mental Health and Wellbeing: Measurements, Determinants and Promotion
MH930 Qualitative Research Methods in Health
MH928 Introduction to Leadership and Management in Health Care Contexts
MH923 Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Healthcare (UReCA)
MD915 Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Healthcare (Distance Learning)
MD90A Pathways to the Public Health Workplace
MH940 Improving Safety and Quality in Healthcare
PC950 Professional Project
Epidemiology and Statistics or UReCA
Teaching is generally organised within one-week intensive study blocks. Teaching methods include lectures, seminar and group work, and students will have the opportunity to draw on their academic and work experience.
Parts of the course are taught by visiting or guest clinical or academic lecturers.
There is a range of assessment styles, reflecting what is needed when working in public health, such as statistical reports, briefing papers, press releases, action plans, reflections, portfolios, verbal presentations (group and individual) and poster presentations.
"Having got onto the UK public health training scheme I opted to do my MPH at Warwick Medical School due to the University’s excellent reputation and varied research interests of the academic staff at the medical school. The MPH was intellectually stimulating and provided an opportunity to meet other physicians and professionals with interests in public health from around the world, and build a network that I continue to interact with both professionally and socially. It provided a strong basis for my career in public health medicine, and excelled in providing the knowledge across the different domains of public health which I use in my daily practice."
Dr Daniel Todkill, MBChB, MPH, BSc (Hons) Speciality Registrar in Public Health Medicine, West Midlands Deanery
"On another note, just to say I really enjoyed my time doing my MPH and each of the modules I studied. I really believe I'm a better public health specialist because of it.”
Debra Cunningham, Part-Time MPH student(Graduated January 2019)
"I look forward to furthering interactions and hope for this year’s cohort of MPH students to enjoy their time at Warwick just as much as I have!”
Logan Ryan, Full-time MPH student(Graduated January 2019)
"I received the mail confirming my grade on it yesterday and I feel it happened because of the encouragement and support from the MPH faculty in every module. I am really thankful for this."
Iman Ghosh, MPH student(2018-2019)
We welcome applications from graduates with at least a 2:2 degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject. Those without formal qualifications should demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at the postgraduate level.
International students will also be required to show sufficient competence in English (IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in the reading and writing components and no component below 6).
Qualifications: MPH, PGCert, PGDip or PGA
MSc Full-time: 1 year
MSc Part-time: 1-3 years
Location of study: University of Warwick
Each year there is a selection of scholarships available to students studying for postgraduate taught courses at Warwick. The ones most relevant for students at Warwick Medical School are:
Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme
Chevening Scholarships (international applicants only)
Fulbright-University of Warwick Award
Li Xiaoming Scholarship (Chinese applicants only)
Warwick Postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarships
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
There is also a Postgraduate Loan Scheme available.
How do I apply?
Applications for accredited postgraduate courses are handled in the first instance by Postgraduate Admissions, from where offers are made based on the recommendations made by WMS. The Postgraduate Admissions Office is responsible for all aspects of the application process. In addition, the Academic Office offers advice and assistance on all postgraduate matters and, if unable to handle a specific query, will direct you to a department in the University that can. For postgraduate taught places, international applicants for full-time and part-time programmes must submit their application by 31 July for courses that begin in October. If you are a UK or EU applicant, the deadline for applications is 31 August. The normal entry requirement is a first or second class honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK university or comparable institution plus suitable experience. Overseas candidates will be required to show sufficient competence in English.
Please note that if you are applying using a computer-based within an NHS organisation, the firewalls within the IT system may block any attached supporting documents e.g. references, copies of certificates, from your application and any subsequent email correspondence. Non-receipt of these items by the University will result in a delay to your application and may result in you being unsuccessful in securing a place on your chosen course of study. It is therefore strongly recommended that if you use an NHS-based computer to apply for a course that any supporting documentation is sent to the University either through the post or using a private computer/email address.