The essence of public health is to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is an internationally recognised qualification. The training we provide uses whole-system approaches to promote and enhance human health and wellbeing. This can include health promotion and disease prevention.
You will develop the knowledge and skills essential for public health research, advocacy and practice. The programme is relevant to both registered health professionals and those working in related sectors, and caters for practice in local and global settings. As a graduate of the programme at York, you will be ready to work in a range of settings. The programme also provides a solid foundation if you wish to take the Part 1 membership examination of the UK Faculty of Public Health.
Our research is ranked 6th in the UK for research power in the Times Higher Education ranking of the latest REF results.
Our experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research.
We're proud to announce that we've been shortlisted for two prestigious University of the Year awards.
We're constantly working to improve our research-led curriculum to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to develop as a public health professional. This course will provide you with a grounding in research methods, epidemiology and foundations for public health.
You'll study a range of core 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 (two days a week) or two years for part-time students (one day a week).
You will also study three option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:
The options available to you will be confirmed after you begin your course. For further information please get in touch.
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
The 60-credit dissertation will consolidate your learning from the taught and optional modules and further develop 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 or scoping review, or secondary analysis of a quantitative or qualitative datasets.
You will be guided through this process by 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)||£9,990||£22,250|
|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.
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 the 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 2023/24 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.
You will learn through a mixture of hybrid (online and face-to-face) 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). Some modules will be taught using online and distance learning methods.
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 on to further PhD study.
|Undergraduate degree||Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent, including in medical degrees. Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a high 2:2 and at least 2 years 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|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all 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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