Master of Public Health (Online)

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The range of optional modules offered and the breadth of cases used across the programme will provide opportunities for specialism in the global and local context in areas including:

  • Commissioning and leadership
  • Management of the double burden of communicable and non-communicable conditions
  • Primary care
  • Child health
  • Health system approaches to improving public health outcomes and addressing health inequalities.

For more information about how online study works, funding and how to apply, please visit UH Online.

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Why choose this course?

This MPH Public Health course combines the work of public health theory, practice and research, with expertise from: Life and Medical Science, Nursing and Social Work and The Business School at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Entry requirements...

  • A recent 2.2 honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent (e.g. honours degree from the UK) or equivalent. Or relevant experience in the area public health may be considered in place of a degree.
  • GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics with minimum grade C.

Applicants who do not wholly meet these requirements, but who are considered to have the professional experience, motivation or potential to succeed at the programme, may also be accepted.

English language requirements

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
 

  • GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language grade A-C.
  • IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band)


Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

What our
students say

What our<br>students say
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The content is interesting and is assisting me in my current job in a NHS GP Practice.

-Katie Gallagher, Public Health MPH

Careers

This programme is designed for students who wish to develop their careers in the field of public health practice, management or research, as well as practitioners and managers already in the field, who wish to enhance their career development.

The online MPH course is tailored implicitly towards the needs of diverse health professionals including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and allied health, social care and environmental health professionals, as well as the wider public health workforce in the non-governmental sector.

The programme supports managerial, policy and practitioner career pathways.

Teaching methods

For information about distance learning teaching methods and how online study works, please visit UH Online

Course length

  • Full-time, 1 year
  • Part-time, 2 years

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Evidence Based Practice

    Students will construct a research question and search strategy, conduct systematic searches of on-line databases, internet and other sources of information; appraise the evidence base of health and social care practice and interventions through the use of a range of tools; apply and critically explore, through discussion and debate, the contextual factors which influence application of evidence to practice.

  • Project Report

    Knowledge and understanding is delivered through independent research, feedback from the project supervisor, directed reading and case studies, and resources provided through the StudyNet site for the module. Knowledge and understanding is assessed through the report on research carried out. Skills and attributes are developed through the research investigation and through the use of the interactive facilities on the StudyNet site and tutor feedback. Skills and attributes are assessed through the report on research carried out and the seminar presentation.

  • Public Health Foundations

    This module builds upon the 9 core competencies of Public Health Practice set out by the Faculty of Public Health UK. The English NHS will form the central empirical case across the nine key areas for public health training; notably the changing structure, leadership, evaluation and accountability, for Public Health in England. Global comparisons with regards management and delivery of Public Health will be used along with inequalities across and within nations. Global, communicable and non-communicable challenges (the ’triple burden’) will be used to provide integration across the module through case studies including: obesity; maternal health; mental health; healthcare associated infections; tuberculosis. Students will examine Public Health in the broadest definition and across sectors: education, health, third sector (non-governmental), private and public, including the roles of multi-disciplinary professionals and occupational groups to improve public health outcomes.

  • Public Health Research and Epidemiology

    This course will provide a foundation in the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics across the domains of health improvement, health protection and health care systems. Amongst other topics, the course will also appraise the role of public health intelligence and applied epidemiology. By the end of the course candidates will be able to outline and critically apply a wide gamut of epidemiological approaches to questions arising in every-day public health practice and research. Candidates will be able to strategically develop literature searches and utilise routine data in response to public health issues. Candidates will be able to communicate risk and uncertainty and propose evidence-based recommendations in common public health contexts.

Optional

  • Communicable and Non-Communicable Conditions

    This module will focus on the aetiology and determinants of a range of communicable and non-communicable conditions. The module will also highlight historical epidemiological trends in disease and evaluate likely future developments in relation to changing prevalence and emerging infections. The evidence base for vertical, horizontal and integrated system approaches to address the double burden of disease will be examined. Health Protection in the United Kingdom will be used as an empirical example to compare with international responses to communicable diseases.

  • Environmental Health and Wellbeing

    This module examines the environment as a determinant of health and wellbeing, and assesses the impact of environmental planning and design on public health. The students will have the opportunity to interpret and analyse various biological, chemical, physical, social and psychosocial stresses, and understand the concept of health impact assessment. The module will consist of several units including water & public health, air pollution, sustainability, and the impact of environmental policy on public health. The students will develop a critical understanding of the effects of climate change on the environment, and its subsequent impact on health and wellbeing. This module will include a critical appraisal of the interaction of the environment with health systems, and discusses the potential of the environment in improving public health.

  • Leadership for Public Health Practice

    This course will enable the student to understand the multi-faceted nature of leadership for public health. It will encourage the practitioner to recognise their approach to leadership, how leadership is undertake within their work setting and the multiple factors that shape prevailing leadership styles and the impact of this on colleagues, team working and for clients. Within the course, particular attention will be given to the public health practitioner as a leader within contemporary organisations. This course will equip the practitioner to recognise and develop their leadership potential so that they can develop new sights, new ways of working and promote change and sustained public health development within their work setting.

  • Promoting Health

    This module will be offered as an options module on the new distance learning MPH. The module captures the broader strategies which governments, health systems, practitioners and individuals can adopt to prevent ill health, promote health and wellbeing and manage ill health. Students will start with a review of the major communicable and non-communicable challenges and how these vary by geography and the importance of promoting health for sustainability of health systems as well as quality of life. Health promotion models and how these have been informed by different theoretical perspectives and disciplines will be covered including: theories of behaviour change (theory of planned behaviours, the health belief model, etc); methods of behaviour change at the at individual, community, societal level; role of law; underpinning ideologies(libertarian/ utilitarian) of health systems; cultural aspects which influence national policies on promoting health; risk behaviours; evidence base for different interventions.

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Project Report

    Knowledge and understanding is delivered through independent research, feedback from the project supervisor, directed reading and case studies, and resources provided through the StudyNet site for the module. Knowledge and understanding is assessed through the report on research carried out. Skills and attributes are developed through the research investigation and through the use of the interactive facilities on the StudyNet site and tutor feedback. Skills and attributes are assessed through the report on research carried out and the seminar presentation.

  • Public Health Research and Epidemiology

    This course will provide a foundation in the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics across the domains of health improvement, health protection and health care systems. Amongst other topics, the course will also appraise the role of public health intelligence and applied epidemiology. By the end of the course candidates will be able to outline and critically apply a wide gamut of epidemiological approaches to questions arising in every-day public health practice and research. Candidates will be able to strategically develop literature searches and utilise routine data in response to public health issues. Candidates will be able to communicate risk and uncertainty and propose evidence-based recommendations in common public health contexts.

Optional

  • Communicable and Non-Communicable Conditions

    This module will focus on the aetiology and determinants of a range of communicable and non-communicable conditions. The module will also highlight historical epidemiological trends in disease and evaluate likely future developments in relation to changing prevalence and emerging infections. The evidence base for vertical, horizontal and integrated system approaches to address the double burden of disease will be examined. Health Protection in the United Kingdom will be used as an empirical example to compare with international responses to communicable diseases.

  • Environmental Health and Wellbeing

    This module examines the environment as a determinant of health and wellbeing, and assesses the impact of environmental planning and design on public health. The students will have the opportunity to interpret and analyse various biological, chemical, physical, social and psychosocial stresses, and understand the concept of health impact assessment. The module will consist of several units including water & public health, air pollution, sustainability, and the impact of environmental policy on public health. The students will develop a critical understanding of the effects of climate change on the environment, and its subsequent impact on health and wellbeing. This module will include a critical appraisal of the interaction of the environment with health systems, and discusses the potential of the environment in improving public health.

  • Leadership for Public Health Practice

    This course will enable the student to understand the multi-faceted nature of leadership for public health. It will encourage the practitioner to recognise their approach to leadership, how leadership is undertake within their work setting and the multiple factors that shape prevailing leadership styles and the impact of this on colleagues, team working and for clients. Within the course, particular attention will be given to the public health practitioner as a leader within contemporary organisations. This course will equip the practitioner to recognise and develop their leadership potential so that they can develop new sights, new ways of working and promote change and sustained public health development within their work setting.

  • Promoting Health

    This module will be offered as an options module on the new distance learning MPH. The module captures the broader strategies which governments, health systems, practitioners and individuals can adopt to prevent ill health, promote health and wellbeing and manage ill health. Students will start with a review of the major communicable and non-communicable challenges and how these vary by geography and the importance of promoting health for sustainability of health systems as well as quality of life. Health promotion models and how these have been informed by different theoretical perspectives and disciplines will be covered including: theories of behaviour change (theory of planned behaviours, the health belief model, etc); methods of behaviour change at the at individual, community, societal level; role of law; underpinning ideologies(libertarian/ utilitarian) of health systems; cultural aspects which influence national policies on promoting health; risk behaviours; evidence base for different interventions.

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £7,680 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £640 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £7,680 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £640 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

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2017

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15/01/201816/01/2019Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

2018

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25/09/201823/09/2019Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
25/09/201823/09/2019Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
15/01/201916/01/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

2019

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25/09/201923/09/2020Apply online (Distance (Full Time))
25/09/201923/09/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
15/01/202016/01/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))