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Jun 25 2017

Master of Public Health – Masters courses – Prospective Students – ScHARR – The University


Master of Public Health (MPH)

Master of Public Health (MPH/Diploma/Certificate)

This course has been specifically designed for students from any educational background. It is suited for anyone who is interested in any aspect of public health but will be particularly relevant to those considering a future career in public health, either in the UK or internationally.

Many students on the course have professional backgrounds and will bring their experience to the course, and the course is popular amongst those with clinical backgrounds in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing, for example. Other students come from a wide range of non clinical backgrounds, such as geography, social care or information sciences and a key feature of the course is that it is suited to anyone and does not require specialist clinical knowledge.

About the course

Programme starts September 2017

  • Intro week: 18-23 September
  • Teaching starts: 25 September

Modes and duration

  • Taught face-to-face
  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2-3 years
  • Part-time mode of study available for MSc only.


  • UK/EU: £8,000 (FT)
  • Overseas: £19,500 (FT)

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject
  • English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component or equivalent

Public health has never been more important, as we encounter new challenges in areas such as obesity, for example, as the epidemiological transition globally means the burden of disease moves away from traditional communicable diseases. In addition, much greater recognition of the role of health inequalities in the UK and globally, means there are new challenges but also opportunities in how we try to improve population-level health.

This course covers the broad range of knowledge and skills required for public health practice in both the UK and internationally. Through a selection of core modules and a wide range of options, students will systematically gain an understanding of key concepts, and learning outcomes that relate to:

  • how public health principles apply to professional practice
  • how the research process applies to public health practice
  • public health approaches to protect and promote the public’s health
  • health service organisations, management and economics
  • broader influences on health and health care provision

All modules account for 15 credits unless stated otherwise. You will be required to take 60 credits worth of optional modules.

Core modules

* by a module code indicates special information for the module. Please mouse over the module code or visit the module page to find out the details.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

How this course is taught

Full-time and part-time options

This course can be studied full-time over a period of around 12 months, beginning and ending in late September each year. For UK and European students, the course can also be studied part-time for up to 3 years. Study is divided into 2 main semesters in the autumn and spring, each of which involves 12 weeks of attending lectures.

A range of teaching

We use a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and computer-based activities to ensure you gain high-quality, research-informed teaching. You will study alongside a group of students from the UK and other nationalities, providing a mix of experiences and backgrounds that will augment your learning experience. Several modules are also available to other university students, giving you further opportunities to meet other students from different backgrounds. All teaching takes place in high quality purpose-built accommodation in ScHARR or close-by on the University of Sheffield campus.

Masters, Diploma and Certificate options

All our public health courses can be studied at Masters level which requires students to have obtained 180 credits which includes a 45 credit dissertation. The courses are also available at Certificate (60 credit) and Diploma (120 credit) level without a dissertation. Some UK students even begin study with one or two modules and build-up their credits over time.


Masters course students also undertake a dissertation project over a whole academic year, with most activity on this occurring after the spring semester. Students choose their dissertation topic and methods, which include empirical primary data collection, systematic or narrative literature reviews, and secondary data analysis.

The course team are listed below:

In addition to these core staff members, the course draws on the expertise of a large number of other staff within the School. The module leaders can be found on the course structure section.

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