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Master of Public Health

A Master of Public Health (MPH) is a master’s degree awarded for a postgraduate programme in public health.

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Course overview

Build the foundations of a career as a public health leader striving to promote health to, and prevent disease in, individuals, families, communities and populations. You’ll analyse public health systems, health protection principles and improvement strategies, learn how to reduce inequalities, and gain essential statistical, research and leadership skills.

Introduction

Public health is about tackling the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. On this programme we’ll equip you with the expertise required to put public health principles into practice.

Established in 1989, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is internationally respected for its multidisciplinary focus and commitment to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health for All principles.

Critically appraising the complexities of health and social care systems, you’ll explore contemporary and historical influences on public health systems.

We’ll introduce you to key health protection principles, trace the development and evolution of health improvement strategies, and examine the social factors driving health inequalities.

Gaining experience using advanced statistical data and epidemiological techniques, you’ll discover qualitative research methodologies and receive a grounding in management theories and practice.

The MPH forms a core component of approved training programmes for Health Education North West (HENW). As such, it will help you prepare for UK Faculty of Public Health Part A examinations. You’ll graduate ready to take on a variety of leadership and management roles in public health research, practice and policy.

Who is this course for?

The course attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds. These include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, health services, health service management and environmental health, as well as natural sciences, social sciences and humanities subjects.

It’s a suitable programme if you’re working in any area of public health, health services management, policy and planning, housing or transport, or for governmental organisations, community groups and non-governmental organisations.

Plus, if it suits you better, you can study some of the course modules as standalone CPD (Continuing Professional Development) modules. For more information contact: mph@liverpool.ac.uk

What you'll learn

  • Key statistical concepts and epidemiological techniques in healthcare
  • The application of social science theories and sociological concepts to public health.
  • How to devise a public health improvement strategy
  • Current and historical influences on the development of public health systems
  • Key management theories and concepts underpinning health services
  • How to use qualitative research to explore current issues in healthcare.
  • Social determinants of health inequalities
  • Principles of health protection from infectious diseases, hazards, and emerging threats
  • How to assess the evidence behind healthcare interventions

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Studying this course part-time

International students may be able to study this course on a part-time basis but this is dependent on visa regulations. Please visit the Government website for more information about student visas.

If you're able to study part-time, you'll study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 to 36 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.

Studying part-time means you can study alongside work or any other life commitments. You will study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 to 36 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.

Semester one

Compulsory modules

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH I (PUBH110)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module develops students’ skills and knowledge in epidemiological research and statistical methods, covering key concepts and all the main types of epidemiological study designs. This includes descriptive statistics, tests of association and hypothesis tests. Students gain a critical knowledge of a wide range of study designs and the ability to apply the fundamental principles of robust epidemiological research methods.
Students learn through a combination of interactive tutorials focused on understanding and apply key epidemiological concepts and statistical techniques through structured exercises. These tutorials are combined with data lab sessions in which students develop skills in using the statistical analysis packages to develop skills in public health data analysis.
Weekly formative assessments are built into the module, and students are formally assessed through a 2 hour exam, which test skills in interpreting and evaluating epidemiological studies, and the production of a short report on the epidemiology of an illness or health issue using data on mortality and/or morbidity.

HEALTH IMPROVEMENT (PUBH130)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces students to theories and concepts in health improvement. Health Improvement is central to the theory and practice of the ‘new public health’ and is essential for anyone working in public health. Students will have an opportunity to ​​​trace the development and evolution of health improvement, and will be able to develop their own health improvement knowledge and skills with an awareness of a broad range of issues surrounding the topic.

Lectures will be delivered via 12 weekly seminar sessions which will involve a lecture element, in-class discussions and in-class group work. Students are expected to do self-directed learning (SDL) and will be expected to prepare for the contact sessions in advance using materials and readings which will be placed on Blackboard one week before each session. Students will need to do the reading and any activities prior to the session and the sessions will then be used to consolidate this learning.

For the assessment of this module, students will be expected to devise a health improvement strategy to achieve positive health outcomes for a population in a chosen area of health and then develop an evaluation framework for that strategy.  ​

Health Policy, Governance and Economics (PUBH170)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

To provide an in-depth knowledge of current and historical influences on the development of health systems, including the role played by social, economic, political and ethical values.

To critcally assess and evaluate key management theories and concepts underpinning the functions and roles of management in the delivery of health services.

To foster a critical understanding of the relationship between management theory and practice and public health theory and practice.

AN INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH (PUBH160)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module covers all aspects of qualitative research including qualitative research design, qualitative methodologies and methods, and analysis of qualitative data. During the module students will be introduced to the key theories and concepts of qualitative research; gain an in-depth understanding of the philosophy of qualitative research, and how it differs from quantitative research.

They will also develop an essential understanding of the ethics of carrying out qualitative research. 

Students will develop their knowledge and experience of the skills needed in qualitative research by designing their own piece of qualitative research which they will then carry out. 

Students will also gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the different methods used in qualitative research including interviews, focus groups and participant observation before looking at the various different ways of analysing qualitative data. They will also develop the skills to critically appraise published qualitative research. 

Lectures will be delivered via 12 weekly seminar sessions which will involve a lecture element, in-class discussions and in-class group work. Students are expected to do self-directed learning (SDL) and will be expected to prepare for the contact sessions in advance using materials and readings which will be placed on Blackboard one week before each session. Students will need to do the reading and any activities prior to the session and the sessions will then be used to consolidate this learning.

For the assessment of this module, students will be expected to conduct a small research project which will allow them to try out the skills involved in conducting Qualitative Research. It will also provide them with the opportunity to participate in another research project so they can experience what it is like to be a research participant and then reflect on that experience. 

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Your experience

This course is led by the Institute of Population Health which aims to improve health and reduce inequalities through pioneering research and education. The Institute has a world-leading status for its excellence in research and education. Underpinning all our activities is the social model of health and its application to health inequalities, and to health and social care systems.

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Careers and employability

The MPH forms a core component of approved training programmes for Health Education North West (HENW). They’re responsible for the commissioning and management of training and education for: NHS speciality registrars in public health, working towards a Certificate of Completion of Training and students who wish to go on to complete Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine (MFPHM) Part A.

The programme provides a strong foundation for putting public health principles into practice in a variety of settings, including research, practice and policy.

Career planning

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Our campus Career Studio is a space for students and graduates to drop into and talk to a career coach. Career coaches are highly trained to help no matter what stage you are at in your career planning. You can access support to find and apply for full-time and part-time roles, placements, internships and graduate schemes. You will also find the help you need if you have a start-up idea or want to create a business plan. You can explore the world of work, prepare for job interviews, and access careers events and workshops. The Career Studio is open Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm, simply drop in at a time that works for you.

From education to employment

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We develop our programmes with employers in mind. You will be supported to enhance your long-term employment prospects as you learn. We do this by exposing you to professionals, a variety of sectors and supporting you to work collaboratively with others to develop transferable skills. You are equipped with a clearer view of what to focus on in your area of interest, and to reflect on your studies. Our digital employability tools give you a tech-enhanced curriculum experience and make it easy for you to prepare for the world of work. You can use tools like the Handshake platform to connect with employers and message the Career Studio 24/7.

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You can start building good professional networks by attending events and employability activities. Our events are designed to develop your skills and expose you to many different employers, as well as to help you make contacts in your field. We help you improve your confidence when speaking to employers and give you access to unique opportunities. Our networking events also boost your understanding of the competencies and skills that employers are looking for in their recruitment process, giving you a competitive edge.

Your future

As an MPH graduate, you can apply for senior positions in public health research, practice and policy. Suitable roles are varied, from working on community health improvement programmes to contributing to the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

You’ll be well-placed to take on a management or leadership role working in:

  • Governmental organisations.
  • Health services management.
  • Policy and planning.
  • Housing.
  • Transport.
  • Community Groups.
  • Charities.
  • Non-governmental organisations.

On successful completion of the MPH, you could also choose to pursue further study at doctoral level.

99% of health sciences students from the University of Liverpool find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £10,800
Part-time place, per year £5,400
International fees
Full-time place, per year £26,400
Part-time place, per year £13,200
Fees stated are for the 2024-25 academic year. The part-time fees are based on a course duration of two years. Fees may vary on a pro-rata basis for alternative part-time course durations.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.

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Postgraduate Global Advancement Scholarship

  • International students

If you’re an international student starting this course with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a discount of £7,500 off your master’s tuition fees, if you haven’t studied with us before.

Graduate Loyalty Advancement Scholarship

  • Home and international students

If you’re a University of Liverpool graduate starting this master’s degree with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a loyalty discount of up to £2,500 off your master’s tuition fees.

ANID Chile Scholarship

  • International students
  • Chile

If you’re a Chilean student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 20% discount on your tuition fees with an ANID Chile Scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships

  • International students

If you’re an international student from an eligible country, joining a one-year master’s course, you could apply to have your master’s fees paid, up to a maximum of £18,000, and receive additional help with living costs.

CONACYT Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 30% discount on your tuition fees with a CONACYT Award.

FIDERH Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree and you’re in receipt of a FIDERH graduate loan, you could benefit from a 20% discount on your tuition fees with a FIDERH Award.

Fulbright Scholarship

  • International students
  • United States

If you’re a USA student joining a master’s degree, you can apply to be considered for a tuition fee discount of £20,000 with a Fulright Scholarship. One Fulbright Scholarship for master’s study is available in each academic year.

FUNED Awards

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree and you’re in receipt of a FUNED loan, you can apply to be considered for a 20% tuition fee discount. A total of up to ten awards will be available to master’s and PhD students per academic year.

Graduate Association Hong Kong & Tung Postgraduate Scholarships

  • International students
  • China
  • Hong Kong

If you’re a master’s student from Hong Kong or the People’s Republic of China who can demonstrate academic excellence, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship worth up to £10,000 in partnership with the Tung Foundation.

HRH Princess Sirindhorn University of Liverpool Scholarship (Thailand)

  • International students
  • Thailand

If you’re a student from Thailand joining a one-year master’s degree, you might be eligible to apply to have your tuition fees paid in full and receive help with living costs. One award is available and only students who are new to the University will be considered.

JuventudEsGto Scholarship

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a resident of the state of Guanajuato in Mexico joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your tuition fees with a JuventudEsGto Scholarship.

Marshall Scholarship

  • International students
  • United States

If you’re a USA student joining an eligible master’s with us, you could apply to be considered for a Marshall Scholarship. If your application is successful, your master’s tuition fees will be paid in full. One Marshall Scholarship for master’s study is available in each academic year.

Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary

  • Home students

If you’re a UK University of Liverpool graduate joining a master’s degree with us, you could be eligible to receive £3,000 off your tuition fees. You must have graduated in the last two years and received a widening access scholarship during your undergraduate studies.

Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship

  • International students
  • Turkey

If you’re a Turkish student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 20% discount on your tuition fees with a Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship.

Humanitarian Scholarships for Master’s Programmes

  • International students

Do you have recognised status as a refugee or person with humanitarian protection outside the UK? Or are you a Ukrainian who’s sought temporary protection in the EU? You could be eligible to apply for the full payment of your master’s fees and additional financial support.

University of Liverpool International College Excellence Scholarship

  • International students

Completed a Pre-Master’s at University of Liverpool International College (UoLIC)? We’re offering a £5,000 fee discount off the first year of master’s study to some of the highest achieving students joining one of our non-clinical master’s courses from UoLIC.

University of Liverpool International College Impact Progression Scholarships

  • International students

If you’re a University of Liverpool International College student awarded a Kaplan Impact Scholarship, we’ll also consider you for an Impact Progression Scholarship. If selected, you’ll receive a fee discount worth £3,000 off the first year of your master’s course.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship for Mainland China

  • International students
  • China

Are you a high-achieving graduate from the People’s Republic of China with a degree from a Chinese university? You could be eligible to apply for a £5,000 fee discount if you’re joining an eligible master’s course. Up to 15 eligible students will receive this scholarship.

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

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Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

Postgraduate entry requirements

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is available to any University graduate in a health or health-related profession, as well as non-health-related graduates.

  • If you are a medicine graduate, you must have at least one year of post-registration professional experience.
  • If you have a health-related undergraduate degree, preferably at 2:1 or above or equivalent, you must be able to demonstrate at least one year of relevant public health work experience. We are able to offer a level of flexibility for applicants. Those with a 2:2 honours degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • If you have a non-health-related undergraduate degree, you must be able to demonstrate at least two years of relevant public health work experience.

In addition, you’ll require GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or equivalent.

You’ll need to provide a personal statement detailing why you wish to undertake the programme and supply one independent academic or professional reference.

Nursing (non-degree) qualifications can also be considered on an individual basis.

International qualifications

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, a Pre-Master’s can help you gain a place. This specialist preparation course for postgraduate study is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. Although there’s no direct Pre-Master’s route to this MPH, completing a Pre-Master’s pathway can guarantee you a place on many other postgraduate courses at The University of Liverpool.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language, unless you’re from a majority English speaking country.

We accept a variety of international language tests and country-specific qualifications.

International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component below 6.5

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new application cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted on the website.

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