Master of Public Health MPH

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 to 36 months
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: Please see the 'Entry Requirements' tab for full information.


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

It is an essential programme if you are working in any area of public health: governmental organisations; health services management; policy and planning; housing; transport; or for community groups and NGOs. Public health aims to tackle the wider determinants of health, and as a multidisciplinary subject, our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, health services, health service management, environmental health and graduates with a background in the natural sciences, social sciences or humanities subjects.

With its modular format and open learning facilities the programme can be studied to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters levels within the University. You can also study with other institutions by using the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

The MPH provides a solid foundation for public health research and practice in a variety of public, NGO, and international settings. With the knowledge and skills this programme will give you, you'll be able to put public health principles into effect in a variety of settings including research, practice, policy and at the interface of applied research.

It forms a core component of approved training programmes for Health Education North West (HENW) who are responsible for the commissioning and management of training and education of:

  • NHS Specialist Registrars in public health, working towards Certificate of Completion of Specialist training.
  • Students who wish to go on to complete MFPHM Part A.

Our students can opt to study full-time over one year or part time over 2-6 years and integrate the programme with their jobs and CPD.

Organised into three semesters per year, the programme starts in September. You'll need to attend two days per week (Wednesday, Thursday) for full-time or one day per week (Year One – Wednesday, Year Two – Thursday) for part-time. 

We offer 12 weeks of active learning in semesters one and two, followed by one week of assessment. Semester Three (MPH only) is dedicated to your dissertation.

The full-time introductory days in Year One are compulsory. As a Masters, Diploma and Certificate student you'll need to attend these, even if you've opted to study part-time.

Why School of Medicine?

Our mission

Our mission is to educate today’s healthcare professionals for tomorrow’s healthcare challenges, helping you developing knowledge and skills that will support your own career development and improve the care of patients and populations.  Whether you choose a course that is focused on clinical practice, research skills or leadership and improvement, you’ll benefit from our innovative approaches to curriculum design and teaching delivery.

Centres of Excellence

Working together with our local Clinical Centres of Excellence, we offer a broad choice of flexible, tailored courses that range from CPD credits to full master's programmes, at all stages of your careers, from advanced level professional training to programmes designed for intercalating medical students.

Our programmes span three main priorities; Leading and Improving Organisations, Excellence in Clinical Practice, and Science and Discovery. Our programmes benefit from cutting edge research expertise from across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, benefitting from the best of evidence-based practice. The majority of our programmes have been specifically designed for a multi-professional audience, and are suitable for both UK and international students.

The University of Liverpool is ranked amongst the top 10 best universities in the UK for medicine, using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data.