Public Health - Statement of Extra Accredited Learning (SEAL) MPH

The aim of this programme is to provide students with an enhanced preparation for continuing academic study or Part A of the Membership of the Faculty of Public Health (UK) examination. A wider range of skills and expertise than can be covered in the standard MPH is often requested by employers and individuals who want to be knowledgeable about a wider range of topic areas.

This programme provides a broader version of the current MPH programme. To acquire and MPH (SEAL), students need to complete 170 credits of taught modules and complete a 60 credit dissertation, as opposed to the usual 120 credits of taught modules. By being formally assessed and accredited in more modules, the MPH (SEAL) allows students to demonstrate their wider competency range. 

We also offer the following Public Health programmes:

The Masters in Public Health, designed to provide academic training to professionals currently working in, or who wish to work in, the public health field, students attend compulsory modules then choose from a wide range of approved modules.

The MPH (Health Technology Assessment) is a strand of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme for those students who wish to specialise in public health with health technology assessment. The MPH (HTA) is an exit qualification from the MPH programme.

The MPH (International) programme. This course aimed at professionals already working in low- and middle-income countries or those aiming in the future to work in health care in such setting. It builds upon the well-established and successful Masters in Public Health.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time or up to 5 years by credit accumulation


Please note the taught MPH (Seal) programme starts on 29th September 2014 with an introductory week to Public Health. This is a compulsory non assessed week where a variety of eminent researchers and teachers from the School of Health and Population Sciences will explore the key issues for public health in the 21st century.

As well as practising clinicians, the course may be of considerable value for you if you are involved (or thinking about becoming involved) in senior management in health services, as it covers most aspects of population health including epidemiology, statistics, health economics and health service management. Its modular nature allows the flexibility for you to shape the programme to fit your needs in a way that ensures maximum utility with minimum disruption. Moreover, the course is delivered in an environment that combines the pragmatism and ‘can do’ spirit of a modern dynamic health service with the rigour, discipline, and high standards of a premier Russell Group University. The course covers many of the areas necessary for sitting the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health.

You can study the MPH (Seal) programme either full-time, part-time or up to five years by flexible learning. Overseas students may only study the MPH (Seal) full-time. Teaching takes place in one-week blocks.

The course curriculum has been amended to enable you to take 230 credits rather than the usual 180 (as far as is practical) without compromising your choice of modules.

Why study this course

Our programme is an internationally recognised qualification in Public Health. It equips you with a broad range of skills that are invaluable for:

  • planning, management and evaluation of health services, for disease prevention, health protection and for health promotion
  • developing your career in a wide range of professional settings, both within and without Public Health and Epidemiology

The course also covers many of the areas necessary for sitting the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health.

Modules mainly take place in the Public Health building which is on the beautiful campus of the University of Birmingham and close to the University railway station.

Student Quotes

"I thoroughly enjoyed the MPH at Birmingham University, and found the course really fascinating. I would recommend it to anyone considering a highly rewarding career in Public Health." Hamira Sultan, Speciality Registrar in Public Health and MPH graduate.

I feel that the MPH experience was very important. The writing skills that I acquired, the knowledge in epidemiology, statistics, and the insights in the critical appraisal of the literature will help me in any field of medicine or research. I also feel that it is worth studying medicine at the population level." Christos Mousoulis, Director and MPH graduate.


For full details of all modules click on the module title below.

Core modules

Introduction to Public Health (not assessed)

Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits)

Practical Epidemiology and Statistics (20 credits)

Health Information and Health Informatics (10 credits)

Option Modules (Tier 2)

You will choose four modules from the list below:

Principles of Health Technology Assessment (10 credits)

Health Economics (10 credits)

Introduction to Leadership and Management in Health (10 credits)

Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning (10 credits)

Health Protection 1 (10 credits)

Sociology and Social Policy (10 credits)

Health Promotion (MPH)  (10 credits)

Public Health in low and middle income countries (10 credits)

Option Modules (Tier 3)

You choose modules to a total of 90 credits from the list below or any other Tier 2 module not already claimed:

Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis (20 credits)

Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)

Clinical Trials (MPH) (20 credits)

Health Protection 2 (10 credits)

Advanced Statistical Methods (10 credits) 

International Health Protection (10 credits)

Oral Health and Dental Services (20 credits)

Further Public Health in low and middle income countries (20 credits)

Public Health Ethics (20 credits)

Please note: programmes evolve continually to keep them up to date so please check the website regularly for any changes

Fees and funding

2015/2016 course fees

UK/EU students

MPH - £11430


Full-time £20750 

Applicants will need to pay a £500 non-refundable deposit at the point of accepting an offer to study on a public health programme. The deposit is put towards payment of fees when students join the course.

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.


The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding Home/EU and International students on our postgraduate taught programmes.

For 2015 entry the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme offers 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to those with a good first degree in any subject of relevance to public health; this includes most biological sciences. Applications are also welcome from UK medical students who wish to intercalate. For the diploma, applications are also accepted from those with a relevant professional qualification or sufficient Public Health experience at the appropriate level without a primary degree, e.g. registered nurses. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact the course administrator.

Please note:

  • Applications are considered as they are received throughout the year with places awarded to candidates meeting the entry requirements on a ‘first come, first served’ basis
  • Applications from overseas students need to be received by June to enable enough time for processing. Applications from UK students can be accepted until early August.

Learn more about entry requirements

International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

IELTS - 7.0. overall with no less than 6.5 in any band.


International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band.

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Teaching takes place in one-week blocks, and you will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Our facilities

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences houses state-of-the art facilities to support a range of teaching, learning and research activity. 

Our facilities ensure that students receive the best possible learning experience by working in a modern environment. Among our most recent developments include a refurbishment of the Medical School foyer, Barnes library and Wolfson Centre for Medical Education.

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Assessment methods

Assessment is via a mixture of examination and assignment. If a module is assessed by assignment you will usually have approx 4-5 weeks to complete it after the module has finished. If a module is assessed by examination these will take place at the end of May except for the module 'Epidemiology and Statistics' which takes place before Christmas.

MPH Students complete their Master's degree by also undertaking a research project and writing a 10,000 word dissertation. This provides an opportunity to pursue a specific area of public health in depth, and to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired during the taught part of the course. It is therefore undertaken only once the taught part of the course has been successfully completed. 

The MPH (SEAL) will involve more intensive studying particularly if you choose the one year option. However, you are able to submit your dissertation in December extending the total time to 15 months.


What are our students doing now?

So you can get an idea of what some of our students have to say about the programmes we have been in touch with them and compiled some of their comments into student profiles for you to have a look at:

Paul Fisher

Jenny Gough

Shamil Haroon

Aliki Taylor

Find out more about where our postgraduate studentsgo


Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career 

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

Careers Networking opportunities
Effective careers strategy toolkit
Year planner for all postgraduate students
Masters Career Coaching Workshops
One to one careers guidance

The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.

For more information visit the Careers Network website.