The essence of public health is to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life.
This course will prepare you to become a public health professional ready to address local and global health problems. You’ll learn about multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches and be taught by researchers who are experts in epidemiology, evidence synthesis, randomised controlled trials and social medicine.
We offer you a range of options so that you can develop both the core disciplines you need for public health practice and study a number of specialised aspects of public health including health policy, public health research, or global and humanitarian work.
The MPH is run in collaboration with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).
Our department is ranked 7th nationally for public health, health services and primary care in the Times Higher Education's latest ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (2014).
Our experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research.
We're constantly working to improve our research-led curriculum to help you gain the knowledge you need to develop as a public health professional. This course will provide you with a grounding in research methods, epidemiology and biostatistics.
You'll study a range of compulsory and option modules that will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, practice and experience to improve your understanding of:
The course runs over one year for full-time students (three days a week) or two years for part-time students (one to two days a week).
Compulsory modules, (70 credits in total) include:
Option modules, (50 further credits) from the following list:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
The dissertation is worth 60 credits. It will consolidate your learning from the taught and optional modules and further the development of your skills as an independent public health researcher.
You will 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 two members of staff who will guide you academically and provide pastoral support and careers guidance.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£8,440||£18,700|
|Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.
Additional costs will vary depending on which optional modules you decide to take and the nature of your dissertation. Recommended course books are available in library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies.
Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)
We hope to deliver this course as advertised for 2021/22 entry, but it’s unclear when we’ll be able to return to a normal timetable. For an idea of how this course might be affected, see our changes for 2020/21 entry.
You will learn through a mixture of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops as well as collaborative group work. We also use the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support our teaching activities.
You will be based in the Department of Health Sciences which is based on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College on Campus West (Seebohm Rowntree Building and the Alcuin Research Resource Centre).
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be assessed throughout the course using a range of methods including written essays, policy documents, presentations and examinations.
Our graduates have undertaken exemplary work worldwide including dealing with disease outbreaks, such as Ebola, developing community health clinics in remote areas, working in hospitals, leading government and non-government agencies, working as public health consultants and working in leading humanitarian organisations. Some graduates also choose to go onto further PhD study. The MPH is run in collaboration with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent, or a medical degree. Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a 2:2 (or equivalent) and sufficient relevant work experience eg in the health, humanitarian, or human/social development sectors.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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