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MPH Master of Public Health

Join us to develop the knowledge you need to lead change to improve health and wellbeing in communities globally.

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

The essence of public health is to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life. 

The Master of Public Health at York 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 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).

REF 2014

Our 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).

Course content

We are 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 will then have the opportunity to choose modules that suit your career goals.

You'll study a range of compulsory and optional modules that will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, practice and experience to improve your understanding of:

  • research methods applicable to population-based research
  • the impact of major communicable and non-communicable diseases on population health globally
  • effective methods of disease prevention and health promotion
  • health inequalities and their effect on health and well-being
  • health systems approaches to public health globally
  • public health practice and policy
  • epidemiology and statistics
  • the theory and practice of health promotion
  • ethics and human rights in health practice.

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).

Modules

Compulsory modules, (70 credits in total) include:

Option modules, (50 further credits) from the following list:

Please note that you are only able to take one of the humanitarian, 20 credit modules, (marked with an *) and to take either of them you must first have completed the module Global Public Health (10 credits). 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

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.

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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
  • communicate public health theory, policy, practice and research clearly and concisely, in oral and written form, to expert audiences
  • critically reflect on your own development needs with respect to the skills of leadership and management, and your ability to build supportive professional networks
  • 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.

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You will learn via a combined variety 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.

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).

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.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,810£17,370
Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
£3,905
year 1 fee
£8,685
year 1 fee

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

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 to loan from the library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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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.

Careers and skills

The Master of Public Health degree is known worldwide. Graduates are sought after the world over.  The range of opportunities is vast and will depend on what your own career goals are. 

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 and of course our intercalating students continue with their medical degrees. The MPH is run in collaboration with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).

Career opportunities

  • Public health consultant
  • Biomedical researcher
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Data analyst
  • Hospital director
  • Public health administrator

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Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or have a medical degree, 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.

Other qualifications

English language

Overall IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in any other component.

Further details of the University of York's English language requirements.

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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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