The MPH (HTA) is a strand of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) programme for those students who wish to specialise in public health with health technology assessment.
This multidisciplinary MPH provides firm grounding in the range of skills and disciplines essential to public health and health technology assessment. This programme will allow you to combine the benefits of completing an MPH degree with the specialism of health technology assessment and evidence-based healthcare. Health technology assessment is a rapidly expanding area, and employment prospects are good.
The MPH (HTA) is an exit qualification from the MPH programme. Candidates access this strand by applying for the Masters of Public Health programme. If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete the taught elements of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation.
We also offer the following Public Health programmes:
The Masters of 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 (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 of Public Health.
The MPH (Statement of Extra Accredited Learning) programme - this programme provides a broader version of the current MPH programme (230 instead of 180 credits). By being formally assessed and accredited in more modules, the MPH (SEAL) allows students to demonstrate their wider competency range.
This multidisciplinary MPH provides firm grounding in the range of skills and disciplines essential to public health and health technology assessment.
This programme is for anyone who wishes to develop their career by acquiring skills in using health information and making evidence-based policy within the healthcare field. It is particularly suitable for professionals who wish to develop their skills in evidence-based healthcare and health technology assessment. This includes those working in public health, health services research (including medical statisticians, health economists and epidemiologists), or information departments in the health service, university, government or health care industry settings in the UK or abroad.
The programme will allow you to combine the benefits of completing an MPH degree with the specialism of health technology assessment and evidence-based healthcare.
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.
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 is via a mixture of examination and assignment.
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.
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:
Information for employers
There are a number of potential benefits to employers:
- Evidence-based healthcare is a new and rapidly growing area. It is likely that all employers in the health care sector will require their staff to be knowledgeable in this area in the coming years
- This course equips students to understand the work of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which is having a major impact on the NHS in the UK.
- Similar health care decision-making bodies are being set up in numerous other countries around the world and the impact on purchasing decisions is considerable. Students will be equipped with the tools and abilities to be able to interact successfully with these decision-making bodies.
- The course includes studying cost-effectiveness so it is likely that the students could apply their knowledge within the employment context
- This is a well regarded course both with the HTA community and wider and is one of only a few such courses in the world.
- Teachers of this course are actively involved in HTA nationally and internationally. Many undertake HTAs for leading organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and other national decision making bodies.
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Postgraduate and Mature Student Association (PGMSA)
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