MPH Master of Public Health

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.

Core modules

  • 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
  • Master Dissertation

Option modules: One module from the following list will run each 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 (www.fph.org). 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.

Study Options

  • 2018/19

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MPH
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
21 Jan 2019
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Full Time
16 Months
21 Jan 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MPH Part Time 2 - 3 Years 21 Jan 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Full Time 16 Months 21 Jan 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2019/20

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MPH
Full Time
1 Year
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Full Time
1 Year
20 Jan 2020
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Part Time
3 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Part Time
3 Years
20 Jan 2020
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Distance Learning
2 - 5 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Distance Learning
3 - 5 Years
20 Jan 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MPH Full Time 1 Year 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Full Time 1 Year 20 Jan 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Part Time 3 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Part Time 3 Years 20 Jan 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Distance Learning 2 - 5 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MPH Distance Learning 3 - 5 Years 20 Jan 2020 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.

Typical Entry Requirements

UK 2:2 honours degree or equivalent within a relevant field, such as but not limited to: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Allied Health Professions, Microbiology and Chemistry. If you can demonstrate experience or previous learning you will also be considered by submitting a Recognition of Prior Learning Application.

English Language

Academic 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

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.

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

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £5500
RUK: £5500
EU: £5500
International: £12980

Part-time and distance-learning fees can be paid annually or on a module by module basis.

View part-time and distance learning fees for 2019/20.

Tuition fees 2018/19

Home: £5500
RUK: £5500
EU: £5500
International: £12600

View part-time and distance learning fees 2018/19.

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

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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Scholarships

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 over £2.5 million per year.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.

Core modules

Advanced Research Methods

This module has been designed to develop your knowledge of the evaluation of literature, research design and data interpretation. You will be able to discriminate between different research methodologies to determine the most suitable answer to practice-based questions you would be likely to face in a real world setting.

The Principles and Theory of Public Health Practice

You will examine the principles of health needs assessment, the importance of public health policies, the factors which influence the formulation of public health policies, the wider public health workforce and the ways in which leadership can influence the success of public health interventions.

Epidemiology: Principles, Application and Evaluation in Practice

You will develop and enhance your understanding of epidemiological approaches and their application to public health practice. The module aims to develop a practical understanding of how the techniques used to undertake epidemiological studies can be applied to gather and interpret information which can support the planning and implementation of new public health initiatives and evaluate existing activities.

Social Action Approaches in Public Health

Guided by the Social Determinants approach to health, this module aims to encourage and enable you to enhance your knowledge and understanding on how community development approaches aim to support communities to address health inequalities, while providing you with the skills to be able to critically analyse and evaluate the relationship between public health theory and its application to social action.

Health Economics

This module is designed to provide students with the analytical tools to understand, from an economic perspective: the nature of health care systems internationally; techniques to assess specific health intervention programmes; and frameworks for evaluating actions on determinants of health and wellbeing.

Applied Statistics and Data Analysis for Public Health

This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in interpreting statistical information, designing a statistical data analysis plan and executing appropriate statistical data analysis. You will be supported to demonstrate statistical data entry skills and the ability to plan and conduct data analyses to answer relevant public health related questions using appropriate statistical software.

Master Dissertation

In undertaking this project you will engage in independent self-directed learning using established techniques of research inquiry to explore a topic in an area of professional practice relevant to you. The Dissertation can be completed by undertaking an 'Empirical study' or a 'Structured Literature Review'.

Option modules: One module from the following list will run each year based on the cohort preference

Navigating the Policy Context

You will develop a critical awareness of contemporary public health policies and explore the evidence used to underpin these. The module will enable you to critically evaluate current policy and formulate an evidence based action plan for addressing a public health issue.

Infection Prevention and Control in a Global Context

You will be encouraged to engage with underpinning knowledge from the disciplines of epidemiology, microbiology, infection prevention, health protection and public health. You will explore the contemporary issues, current successes and need for action at local, national and global levels to prevent, treat and control infections worldwide.

Evidence Based Public Health

This will include an overview of the sources and methods used to generate evidence for use within public health practice, and how this is synthesised and applied. You will be encouraged to use tools and frameworks for critical appraisal of public health interventions and to critically analyse and evaluate monitoring and evaluation strategies used for public health initiatives.

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

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.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.