Master of Public Health (MPH)

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Key information

Next start date: 28 June 2018
Duration: Approx. 20 months' study + nine month dissertation
Delivery: 100% online
Structure: Five core modules, two elective modules, one research module, an integration module and dissertation
Specialisations possible: Management of Health Systems or International Public Health
Professional Development: Unlimited career support from the Global Career Advisor Network

Accreditation and ranking

Accredited by: Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)
Ranked: The University ranks third in the UK for impact judged outstanding in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care field, as per the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
The University ranked fifth in the UK’s first Global Health Research League Table.


Dunoi Afam
Counterfeit anti-malarial drugs are a dangerous threat in the fight against the life threatening disease. Malaria is treatable with the right medication. A technological innovation allowed Nigerians to determine the authenticity of their malaria medication at the click of a button.

But one crucial flaw in the implementation of a technological solution kept many of them from using this life-saving innovation, until one man’s research uncovered the problem. Dunoi Afam discovered the flaw as part of his University of Liverpool online Master of Public Health.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships aim to stimulate development in Commonwealth countries by helping talented students to access carefully chosen, high-quality postgraduate courses offered by UK universities. The University of Liverpool’s 100% online, APHEA-accredited Master of Public Health has been selected for 5 Distance Learning Scholarships.

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must:

  1. Be a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country and be a permanent resident in a developing Commonwealth country (see below). Refugees and British protected persons resident in these countries are also eligible to apply.
  2. Be admitted to the University of Liverpool online MPH, meeting all of the entry requirements, and following the normal admissions procedure.
  3. Submit a complete application via the Commonwealth Commission’s Electronic Application System, including at least one reference.
  4. Be able to start the MPH programme on 27 September 2018

DEADLINE: Scholarship applications must be submitted by 20 June 2018.

Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, only the ones who comply with all the above conditions will be considered for the scholarship.

Hear from Valarie Opollo, MPH student, Commonwealth Scholar 2014, Reseach Officer

“My experience as a Commonwealth Scholar on the online MPH programme has helped me learn lots of things from fellow professionals from diverse backgrounds. This degree has given me the tools to craft and analyse health policies in relation to HIV testing. I have been able to use my experience and education to shape such policies in my region.”

Increase your professional impact, make a difference in your community

The University of Liverpool’s APHEA-accredited online Master of Public Health (MPH) is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and insights to help shape the future of public health and make a difference in your local community.

The programme’s integrated research approach enables you to build up a toolkit of practical skills and understanding. You can expect to gain an international perspective while developing a thorough knowledge in all the main disciplines of public health. By the time you graduate, you should be ready to step up a level in your career in public health.

Why choose the University of Liverpool online Master of Public Health?

  • Learn to develop strategies that address public health issues in your community
  • Sharpen your international perspective, sharing best practice and collaborating with health professionals around the world
  • Gain practical, professional skills that you can use immediately in your own work
  • Integrate your learning into your work with a professional development log
  • Further your research and interests in a specific area with your chosen specialisation and dissertation topic

Master of Public Health highlights

  • Gain an APHEA-accredited masters degree in public health
  • Study 100% online without interrupting your career
  • Increase your ability to positively impact the health of your community and country
  • Tap into world leading research in public health and health inequalities
  • Receive personal guidance, valuable content and feedback to help you plan, research and complete your dissertation

A reputation for excellence

The University of Liverpool is a world-class institution, ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. It is a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-led universities, which includes the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

The online Master of Public Health, including the International Public Health and Management of Health Systems specialisations, is accredited by APHEA, the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation.

The University boasts one of the largest concentrations of health and life science expertise in the UK. Our online Master of Public Health (MPH) is offered by the Department of Public Health and Policy, recognised as a leading centre of research into health inequalities. It is part of the School of Medicine, which itself is highly respected internationally for its multi-disciplinary focus and links to the World Health Organisation.

The University of Liverpool is ranked fifth in the UK’s first global health research league table – the highest ranked institution outside Oxford and London. It also ranks third in the UK for impact judged outstanding in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care field, as per the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

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Liverpool online MPH features in new programme on public health innovation in the UK

The University of Liverpool’s fully online Master of Public Health (MPH) is profiled in Championing the Public’s Health, a film produced by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in partnership with ITN Productions.

Championing the Public’s Health celebrates innovation in public health in the UK. It highlights the University’s online MPH’s flexibility and its collaborative learning model that allows healthcare professionals from across the world to combine work and study, while also being able to apply what they have learnt immediately, benefitting the whole community.

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The University of Liverpool ranks 3rd in the UK for impact judged outstanding in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care field, as per the UK’s research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).