The essence of public health is to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life. It focusses on populations and is concerned with whole system approaches rather than on individuals. Public health professionals include those from a wide variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine and dentistry, environmental health, public policy, law and social sciences.
The three functions of public health include the assessment and monitoring of community needs for health and wellbeing, the formulation of policies that promote health and wellbeing and to ensure that equal access to appropriate care and services is prioritised.
Our programme will enable you to develop the appropriate skills through training that covers epidemiology and research methods, statistics, public health foundations and an understanding of the epidemiology of infection, disease and injury. You will also have the opportunity to choose particular modules that suit your future career plans.
The MPH is run in association with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and the department is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER)
When you join our department you will benefit from training at one of the UK's top health services research, health economics and public health research environments. The department is ranked first in the country for research environment and 7th nationally for public health, health services and primary care in the latest national assessment the Research Excellence Framework REF (2014).
The public health training offered at York is suitable for those from a wide variety of disciplines who plan to work as public health practitioners, to become researchers, to work in governmental or non-governmental organisations in the UK or internationally for those who wish to go on to study medicine or for a PhD. The course also provides a solid foundation for those planning to take the membership examination of the Faculty of Public Health.
Previous students have included:
Training involves one-year full-time (3-days a week) or two-years part-time (1-2 days a week) with the option to exit from the course with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health after successful completion of the taught modules.
The course is modular and provides a range of compulsory and optional modules that will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, practice and experience to improve your understanding of:
Compulsory modules, (70 credits in total) include:
Optional modules, (50 further credits) can be chosen from the modules below:
The dissertation will enable you to conduct an in-depth piece of work using a range of methods which might include an extended literature review, a systematic review, collection and analysis of primary data or secondary analysis of a quantitative or qualitative dataset that has already been collected. You will be guided through this process by a member of staff who will act as your supervisor. The purpose of the dissertation is to consolidate the learning from the taught and optional modules and from your own prior learning and experience and to further the development of your skills as an independent public health researcher.
Dr Amanda Mason-Jones (MPH Programme Lead) has a background in child and adolescent health and injury epidemiology focussing on cluster randomised trials. Her main focus is sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and she is an advisor on the UK’s NICE public health advisory committee and Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Global Public Health Advisory committee. She also leads the postgraduate Global Public Health module at York. She holds honorary positions at Adolescent Health Research Unit at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch.
Professor Ian Watt’s research interests are in communication in healthcare, patient safety and evidence-based healthcare. As well as working at the University, Ian also works one day a week in clinical practice as a general practitioner, and is an honorary consultant in public health. In the past he has worked in India and Nepal and was a trustee of an NGO which supported skills transfer projects in South Asia and East Africa.
Dr Kamran Siddiqi has a background in both chest medicine and public health. Kamran has worked in the UK, Latin America and South Asia. He uses evaluative research designs to study tobacco cessation, smoking prevention and harm reduction. He also acts as an advisor on the NICE public health guidance committee and on a national research committee.
Dr Steven Oliver's research interests are in the aetiology, management and outcome of cancer. He works in collaboration with the Northern and Yorkshire Cancer Registry to deliver their role as national lead for haematological cancers. He is a member of the Centre for Health and Population Sciences (CHAPS) within the Hull York Medical School and also works with colleagues in the Supportive care, Early Diagnosis and Advanced disease (SEDA) research group in Hull on a programme of work on inequalities in cancer care and outcomes, and end of life care.
Professor Tracy Lightfoot’s research interests are in cancer epidemiology, particularly haematological malignancy and childhood cancer. She has close links with the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer in France, where she holds a Senior Visiting Scientist Award. She is deputy head of department and leads postgraduate programmes.
Dr Rob Newton is currently on a three-year secondment at the MRC-Uganda Unit for Research on AIDS, based in Entebbe, Uganda. He is currently developing a programme of work on the growing problem of non-communicable diseases (primarily cancer and cardio-vascular disease) in Africa.
You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge, interest and experience in public health. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we follow the University’s Equal Opportunities policy.
The Department of Health Sciences' minimum English language requirement is IELTS: 7.0. You can, however, receive a conditional offer with a 6.5 in writing provided you complete the University of York's higher level pre-sessional course which runs for eight weeks. On successful completion, you can then progress to your programme within Health Sciences.
Click here for further details of the University of York's English language requirements.
Read a blog entry by former MPH student Rachel Cunningham-Burley, who chose to cover Female Genital Mutilation as part of her global public health policy brief.
A number of funded places are available for staff working within the region of Yorkshire and the Humber.
For available studentships visit our masters' studentships webpage.
For information on fees visit Postgraduate fees and funding.
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This depends largely on what you have done before. However we have students that have gone into public health roles in the NHS or local authorities in the UK, government hospitals and health organisations worldwide, non governmental organisations, have started their own business or some have gone on to study medicine or to do a PhD.
Yes it is possible but it’s important to ensure that you make time to study as well as to attend lectures. Otherwise this can be a challenging route as work often takes priority.
Part-time students start the course by attending on Tuesdays in the first year and Thursdays in the second year. They will do their compulsory modules (Epidemiology, Research Methods and Statistics) in year 1 and Public Health Foundations and Practice and Infection and Disease in year 2. They will have to choose optional modules either on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. This will mean that they will have to do at least one term on a Wednesday in year 1 or 2.
Teaching takes place generally over three days for full-time students (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). We start at 9am and end usually at 4pm. You can see this year’s timetable on the MPH webpage which will give you an idea of where the modules fit in.
We normally ask for a 2.1 in your first degree or equivalent. We also require a level of English language ability that will ensure that you are able to write at masters’ level (IELTS overall score of 7, with no lower than 6.5 in any domain). You can find the language requirements link here
Yes this is possible and a popular route for many medical students.
Yes, you can speak with your manager about the possibility of doing the programme and we can also direct you to our business development manager Sasha Singh who can discuss this with you further.