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Online Degree Master of Public Health

Lead and impact positive health change

Learn how to improve quality of life for people in your community and around the world with the University of Liverpool’s APHEA-accredited online Master of Public Health (MPH). Our programme’s integrated research approach to public health, offers you the opportunity to develop a toolkit of practical skills to help create and lead positive change.

We are not taking new enrolments at this moment for the Online Master of Public Health programme.

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(Duration: approx. 20 months’ study + 9 month dissertation)

Mode of delivery
100% online
Professional Development
Benefit from career support from the Global Career Advisor Network
Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)1

Connect and learn with experienced health professionals

Through interaction with the international faculty and your peers, you’ll have the opportunity to explore health problems impacting your local community. You will also discuss health problems affecting communities in other parts of the world, in both low and high income areas. You’ll examine public health issues ranging from disease prevention and clean water initiatives, through to lifestyle epidemics such as obesity, smoking and more.

The online environment and module assignments are designed to mirror a real-world public health setting. Through preparation of policy documents and grant proposals in-line with global industry requirements, you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical skills needed for decision-making jobs in health.

“Studying in such an international environment, with people from so many different countries, is incredibly rewarding. I learnt so much from the other students. It opened my eyes to the many health issues I was hardly aware of.”

Mathilde Regnault (France)
Master of Public Health - International Public Health graduate

Mathilde Regnault, MPH
Gain research expertise

Develop advanced research skills with a research leader

The University of Liverpool has one of the highest ratings of research that has been deemed to have a significant impact on society or environment. Through our integrated research approach, you’ll have the opportunity to master both quantitative and qualitative research, and understand the appropriate use of research methods in producing valid and relevant evidence to address different aspects of public health problems.

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The online Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is offered in a general track and with two specialisations: International Public Health and Management of Health Systems.

A reputation for excellence

Research excellence

The online Master of Public Health programme and its specialisations have been assessed and accredited by APHEA, the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation. Our MPH programme is one of a few programmes to hold this accreditation.

Research excellence

The University of Liverpool ranks third in the UK for impact judged outstanding in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care, as per the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). It also ranks fifth in the UK’s first Global Health Research League Table.

Russel International Excellence Group

The online MPH is one of the longest running online MPH programmes in the world, having been designed and launched in 2007 to be delivered specifically online.

  • Learn to develop strategies that address public health issues in your community
  • Develop detailed research skills to help you make evidence-based decisions
  • Expand your knowledge of diverse public health challenges and solutions by sharing best practice and collaborating with health professionals around the world
  • Gain practical, professional skills that you can help you improve your performance in your current role or help you to pursue a new career

Fake malaria drugs: peace of mind via SMS

In Nigeria, malaria drugs can be verified for authenticity via SMS. Dunoi Afam discovered a crucial flaw in the implementation of this service as part of his MPH dissertation.

Can e-cigarettes help smokers to stop?

For his MPH dissertation research, Fayyaz Samji looked into the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes in helping people to stop smoking. He came up with some surprising results that are having an impact in Ontario, Canada.

Obesity and a culture of convenience

Family dynamics at mealtimes have changed. Americans are consuming more food prepared away from home and it is this fact that caught the attention of Erin Gilgan, who researched this issue for her MPH dissertation.

The University of Liverpool’s online MPH was 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 highlighted the flexibility of the online programme and its collaborative learning model that allows healthcare professionals from across the world to combine work and study. They met and spoke with online graduates and Prof Dame Margaret Whitehead, Head of the University's Department of Public Health and Policy.



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Are sugary drinks the new tobacco?

University of Liverpool Podcast
Simon Capewell says sugary drinks are killing us. The University of Liverpool Public Health researcher says sugar, especially those in sugary drinks, is the single biggest cause of obesity. He is fighting for sugary drinks to be treated the same as tobacco which means, higher taxes and stricter limits on advertising but the industry is fighting back.

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No junk food ads before 9pm

University of Liverpool Podcast
In forty years, the number of obese children has increased 10-fold. It’s not just in the UK or the US but around the world - it’s a global public health crisis. Experts are calling on the government to reduce children’s exposure to junk food advertisements - senior lecturer in psychology, Dr Emma Boyland, describes the powerful effect these ads have on children’s appetites and food choices.

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Who stopped the Ebola outbreak?

University of Liverpool Podcast
Dr Calum Semple shares his experience working in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. It’s a harrowing story that offers some surprising lessons. When reflecting on his research, he suggests that public health messages concerning the burial of infected persons was the crucial factor in curbing the spread of the epidemic.

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1 Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of the United Kingdom, please review your country of residence’s requirements to confirm recognition of your programme.