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Many public health professionals are seeing the career benefits of earning a master's degree in public health (MPH).

It’s not uncommon for public health professionals to feel they’ve hit a barrier in terms of how far they can advance without gaining a master's degree. Many people discover that they need more specific skills once they’ve been working in the public health sector for a while and the Master of Public Health can help to identify and achieve important career goals.

The online health programme offered by the University of Liverpool is designed to help prepare you to become a leading public health professional. It offers you in-depth knowledge of public health, including an understanding of the critical concepts of health and disease at an individual and population level.

Graduates of our MPH programme are employed in the following fields:

  • Health Services Administration
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Education
  • Behavioural Science
  • Environmental Health
  • Occupational Health
  • Community Health
  • International Health
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health

Many of our graduates have benefited from our online health programme and have been able to steer their career forward and make a positive difference in their community as a result.

Possible career paths with an MPH

By gaining an MPH you may be opening the door to a wealth of career paths and opportunities, including:

  • Global health: Tropical Disease Specialist, Reproductive Health Specialist, HIV/AIDS Educator, Refugee Coordinator, Geographer.
  • Health education and research: Epidemiologists, Management Policy Advisor, Health Education Specialist, NGO Director, Health Commissioner.
  • Maternal and child health: Childbirth Health Educator, Midwife Nurse, Child Health Specialist, Nutrition Specialist.
  • Social and behavioral: Community Activist, Correctional Medicine Physician, Psychiatric Nurse Social Worker, Homeless Services Educator, Community Counsellor.
  • Health policy: Health Services Manager, Government Policy Analyst.
  • Environmental health: Environmental Scientist, Public Health Engineer, Environmental Engineer.

Improving health and saving lives

University of Liverpool online Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, Olimpia de la Rosa Vázquez, used the knowledge and skills she learnt directly in her work for Médecins Sans Frontières, during an Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

“My new knowledge about management of health systems, epidemiology and international crisis management was extremely helpful in the Ebola outbreak response. It was much easier for me to analyse the local health system and the consequences of an outbreak in it,” she said.

Gaining your MPH online

Earning a master's degree is a huge commitment and takes time, which is why many health professionals consider online health programmes as a way of gaining their masters.

Studying online fits around your current situation as there is no need to move or quit your job. You can study from any location, so it’s not a problem if you travel a lot for work or are based in various locations – all you need is an internet connection.

Students also benefit from a global outlook with the University of Liverpool’s online public health programme as they are interacting and collaborating with students from all over the world.

“The main advantage for me has been the opportunity to learn from so many different people. The virtual classroom has afforded me countless opportunities to interact with professionals from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. People in all sorts of careers: nursing, medical, social services, allied medical professions, dental, environmental health, dietary care. With such a range of people you are able to draw on each other’s knowledge and expertise. You learn from the best,” says Avhatakali Edward Tshikhudo, originally from South Africa but living in the UK where he works as a nurse.

So many working professionals from around the world have been able to increase their impact in the public health field through gaining an online health degree. Find out more about the online health degrees offered by the University of Liverpool.

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