On completion of the programme, the student should have a foundation in the science and art of public health, including an understanding of the concepts of health and disease, and factors which may affect these. The resulting knowledge, skills and attitudes should enable them to put public health principles into effect in a variety of settings including research, practice and the interface of applied research. The MPH forms a core component of the approved training programmes for Health Education North West NHS Specialist Registrars in public health, working towards Certificate of Completion of Specialist training, and students who wish to go on to complete MFPHM Part A. The MPH provides a solid foundation for public health research and practice in a variety of sectors, including local government, civil service, NHS, NGO, charity and international settings.
“After the MPH, I started an internship with the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (HEPR) Department of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The experience has given me a lot of opportunities to interface with the public health system in Nigeria. I am actively involved in the response for the current cholera outbreak in some Nigerian states. As part of my duties, I also work with the surveillance pillar in the measles, meningitis and antimicrobial resistance Technical Working Groups (TWGs).
The experience has really given me a platform to put to practical use many of the things I learnt on the MPH programme, and acquire some hands-on skills too. The rigour and depth of the University of Liverpool MPH programme has not just built my competence in filling some of these roles, but has also strengthened my capacity to be able to play a key role in protecting the health of Nigerians.”
“I initially began the Masters in Public Health via Career Professional Development, completing the first modules on a one module per semester basis; I went on to complete the entire MPH part-time whilst also in full-time employment. Once I graduated from the University of Liverpool, I applied to the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) of Great Britain and Ireland, to present my dissertation research at their Palliative and Supportive Care conference. My abstract was accepted and on top of presenting my work, it will be published in the BMJ’s Supportive and Palliative Care journal.
The MPH has not only given me knowledge, but it has broadened my understanding of not only health, but the wider influences and consequences of social inequality and inequity. The MPH helped to focus my mind on specific topic areas (older people’s health, informal carers’ support, health inequalities) that I not only find interesting and I am passionate about, but also it has helped me to develop the skills I believe can help me to achieve change in these areas in the future, for those people who need and deserve change the most. The MPH was an incredible opportunity for me and will go on to help me greatly in the future, both in my current employment in Local Authority, and beyond.”