MPH Master of Public Health

This course is available for study at our London and Glasgow campuses.

Increasing inequalities continue to challenge quality of life and life expectancy improvements across the world. An ageing population, increased chronic disease burden, migration, environmental damage and climate change continue to highlight the need for an international workforce to take forward the public health agenda.

Join a university aligned to the global public health research agenda. Learn from our experienced teaching team working with researchers, graduates and external public health employers as part of an international force for the common good. Glasgow Caledonian University's Master of Public Health aims to prevent disease, promote health, and protect the health and well-being of the public through education, research and public health practice and service.

Study in Glasgow and London; on campus or remotely, you will realise the following key learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of health inequalities and the social determinants of health
  • Awareness of data and ability to assess the population's health and well-being
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of public health interventions, programmes and services
  • Understand how to develop and implement public health policy and strategy
  • Gain an understanding of health protection and public health intelligence
  • Understand the key role of health economics in public health
  • Have the ability to interpret statistical methods to make appropriate recommendations
  • Propose evidence based interventions to address health inequalities using a social action approach
Graduate opportunities

The programme is flexible to your career needs and provides four exit awards:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health with Social Action
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health

Graduate employability is enhanced by external guest lectures and industry-led programme design which has been mapped to the Faculty of Public Health Core competency levels throughout.

The Master of Public Health has been designed and mapped against the Faculty of Public Health competencies, preparing you for your future career with this globally recognised named exit award.

Module list

Advanced Research Methods; The Principles and Theory of Public Health Practice; Epidemiology: Principles; Application and Evaluation in Practice; Social Action Approaches in Public Health; Health Economics; Applied Statistics and Data Analysis for Public Health; Masters Dissertation. Optional: One module per year based on the cohort preference: Navigating the Policy Context; Infection Prevention and Control in a Global Context; Evidence-based Public Health.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

"The course content aligns closely with the nine public health key competencies used by the UK Faculty of Public Health ( This gives you a head start in demonstrating that you are able and ready to be employed as a public health practitioner. These competencies are recognised worldwide and are a solid framework for thinking about what skills and expertise you need in order to deliver in the field of public health."

Professor Antony Morgan,
Fellow of the UK's Faculty of Public Health,
Dean of GCU London.

Due to significant demand, applications for this course are now closed to international applicants for January 2022. Please consider our following intake in September 2022.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date


Distance Learning
3 - 5 Years
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
16 Months
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
3 Years
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Distance Learning
2 - 5 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
1 Year
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
3 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MPH Distance Learning 3 - 5 Years 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Full Time 16 Months 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Part Time 3 Years 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Distance Learning 2 - 5 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Full Time 1 Year 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Part Time 3 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as but not limited to medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health professions, microbiology and chemistry.

English Language

IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International Pathways

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees 2021/22

Home and RUK: £6,000
EU and International: £13,500

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

View our part-time and distance-learning fee schedules

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

View our postgraduate scholarships.

Modules are delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, directed and self-directed study.

This course features a mix of exams and assessment.

At GCU assessment methods are designed to ensure your learning goes beyond the theory of public health and using real life data and examples, from past and current research students, helps you demonstrate the acquisition of applied and contextualised knowledge.

Through the development of a mixed assessment style, including essays and statistical reporting, you are enabled to showcase your understanding of the public health environment and the key competencies required by those working in the industry around the world.

This course includes research participation.
This course features guest lecturers.
Students on this course can apply for the Master of Public Health Scholarship.