MPH Master of Public Health

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

  • 2020/21

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MPH
Distance Learning
3 Years
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Full Time
16 Months
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Part Time
3 Years
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Distance Learning
2 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Full Time
1 Year
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
MPH
Part Time
3 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MPH Distance Learning 3 Years 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Apply
MPH Full Time 16 Months 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Apply
MPH Part Time 3 Years 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Apply
MPH Distance Learning 2 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Apply
MPH Full Time 1 Year 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Apply
MPH Part Time 3 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow 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 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

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

Entry options for international applicants

If you are an international applicant and do not meet the academic requirements above you may be eligible for an International Graduate Diploma at INTO Glasgow. Based in our Glasgow campus, successful completion of an INTO course with the required grades provides you with a guaranteed conditional offer of a place on this degree.

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

Tuition fees 2020/21

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

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

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

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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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 million per year.

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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.