Please note the taught MPH programme starts on 28 September 2015 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.
This modular multidisciplinary programme in public health, which a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and a Masters of Public Health (180 credits). It is designed to provide academic training to professionals currently working in, or who wish to work in, the public health field.
As well as practising clinicians, the course may be of considerable value for those 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 participants to shape the programme to fit their 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.
The MPH programme can be studied either full-time, part-time or over up to five years by flexible learning. Overseas students may only study the MPH full-time. Teaching takes place in one-week blocks.
Why study this course
Our programme is an internationally recognised qualification in Public Health. It equips students 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 a 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.
"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.
Fees and funding
2015/2016 course fees
MPH - £9480/PGDip - £6320
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.
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.
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.
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
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