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MPH Public Health

Develop the knowledge you need to lead change and improve the health and wellbeing of communities locally and globally

Year of entry: 2023 (September)


1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2023 (semester dates)

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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.

Research excellence

Our research is ranked 6th in the UK for research power in the Times Higher Education ranking of the latest REF results.

Expert tuition

​Our experts help improve human health and prevent illness through the analysis and delivery of leading research.

Course content

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:

  • research methods applicable to public health research
  • the impact of major communicable and non-communicable diseases on public health
  • methods of disease prevention and health promotion
  • exploring health inequalities and their effect on health and wellbeing
  • public health practice and policy
  • epidemiology and statistics.

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).


Core modules

Option modules

You will also study two 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.


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.

The York approach

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.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate public health theory, policy and practice, and examine the key challenges faced by public health practitioners, in the UK and globally.
  • Assess the design and delivery of public health programmes with the aim of enhancing their impact, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Interpret and critically appraise public health research evidence.
  • Decide on the most appropriate methodological approach to address public health research questions, and apply methodological approaches with confidence.
  • Independently formulate, plan undertake, and report on a research project in a public-health related field, with due regard for ethical standards and dissemination principles.
  • Communicate public health theory, policy, practice and research clearly and concisely to expert audiences.
  • Critically examine public health leadership, management and networks to enhance public health practice.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2023/24

Study modeUK (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) fees may increase in subsequent years (up to a maximum of 2%).
  • International fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

Fees information

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

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.

Funding information

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.

Funding opportunities

Departmental funding

Living costs

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.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Teaching format

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.

Teaching location

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. 


About our campus

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.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed throughout the course using a range of methods including written essays, policy documents, presentations and examinations.

Careers and skills

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.

Career opportunities

  • Public health consultant (all optional modules will be relevant)
  • Public health researcher (depending on the type of research you want to do, Randomised Controlled Trials, Evidence Synthesis, Qualitative Health Research and any of the quantitative methods option modules will be relevant)
  • Health promotion specialist (Health Policy: Systems and Society and Evidence Synthesis option modules will be relevant)
  • Epidemiologist (Further Health Statistics, Advanced Regression Analysis and Measurement in Health and Disease option modules will be relevant)
  • Data analyst (Further Health Statistics, Advanced Regression Analysis, Measurement in Health and Disease and Health Economics option modules will be relevant)
  • Data scientist (Further Health Statistics, Advanced Regression Analysis, Measurement in Health and Disease and Health Economics option modules will be relevant)
  • Public health administrator (Health Policy: Systems and Society and Evidence Synthesis option modules will be relevant)

Transferable skills

  • Time management
  • Interpretation of research evidence
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical reflection and evaluation
  • Selecting and applying methodological approaches
  • Project management

Entry requirements

Typical offer
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

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 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 120, minimum 120 in production and 105 in all other components
LanguageCert SELT B2 with 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator: Pass with 39/50 in writing and no less than 33/50 in all others
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 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.

If you've not met our 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.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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