Online Degree Master of Public Health

General Track

The online Master of Public Health (MPH)General Track has:

  • five core modules
  • two elective modules
  • one advanced research module
  • an integration module, enabling students to apply their new knowledge and practical skills to a real world public health issue.

The programme culminates in a dissertation.

Specialisations

The online Master of Public Health (MPH) in International Public Health and in Management of Health Systems have:

  • five core modules
  • one specialisation module
  • one elective module
  • one advanced research module
  • an integration module, enabling students to apply their new knowledge and practical skills to a real world public health issue.

The programmes culminate in a dissertation.

Core Modules

  1. Practising and Promoting Public Health in a Global Context
  2. Generating and Evaluating Public Health Evidence
  3. Integrated Public Health Research: Epidemiology and Qualitative Methods
  4. Leading and Managing Health Systems
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation of Systems and Programmes

Objective

To develop critical awareness and understanding of the knowledge, application, and practice of public health in a global context.

To evaluate the historical development of public health and critically reflect on the current legacy of that history within a global context.

To critically appraise public health theories and policies in relation to health, disease, and social inequities relevant to practice at the local, regional, national, and global levels.

Description

This module explores the development of public health in a global context, in terms of history, politics, global disease burdens, social determinants of health and health inequalities. It also examines the theory and practice of promoting health – vital for successful public health improvement. Alongside a gradual introduction to the academic requirements of the MPH programme, you will study the fundamental concepts, issues and resources relevant to public health practice.

Duration

12 weeks

Objective

To critically evaluate the epistemological and theoretical foundations of research designs in public health.

To develop the skills to identify and evaluate existing evidence to address relevant public health problems.

To critically appraise appropriate methodological approaches to public health issues.

Description

This module explores the theoretical underpinnings of public health knowledge and will help enable students to identify and evaluate existing evidence to address relevant public health problems. As a student, you will study the importance of ethical practice and will develop the key skills needed to apply the most appropriate methodological approach for conducting research and furthering public health practice.

Duration

12 weeks

Objective

To develop a critical awareness and in-depth knowledge of the research design process for both epidemiological and qualitative research in public health.

To critically evaluate and apply the most appropriate study designs to public health problems.

Description

This module provides an in-depth understanding of epidemiological and qualitative research methods used in public health and considers in more detail the importance of ethics when conducting research and practice. As a student, you will study ways to apply appropriate sampling techniques, analyse research data and interpret research findings.

Duration

12 weeks

Objective

To enable students to develop a systematic knowledge of the political and economic and social factors which have shaped contemporary health systems.

To develop a critical understanding of the functions and processes of health management, and how health services are organized, delivered, and evaluated.

Description

This module enables students to develop a systematic knowledge of the political, economic and social factors which have shaped contemporary health systems across the globe. It will also provide a critical understanding of the functions and processes of health management and leadership – from how health services are organised (including the financing of systems) to how change is designed and implemented.

Duration

6 weeks

Objective

To critically analyse frameworks and models of evaluation for public health programmes and interventions.

To develop an in-depth knowledge of the methods of implementation, planning and evaluation for programme and intervention effectiveness.

Description

This module provides in-depth knowledge to successfully plan and implement a comprehensive evaluation and analysis of public health programmes. By examining common frameworks and models, the module explores the most effective research approach and methods for the monitoring and evaluation of health programmes - including evaluating the ethical implications and role of the evaluator in the process.

Duration

6 weeks

Elective Modules

You can tailor your MPH to your professional goals and aspirations. Under the General Track, you can choose two electives. The specialisations in International Public Health and Management of Health Systems each consist of one specialisation module, one elective module, one advanced research module and an integration module.

  1. Elective Modules
  2. Health Protection: Preventing and Managing Communicable Diseases
  3. Managing Crisis and Disasters
  4. Programme and Policy Challenges in Low Income Countries
  5. Health, Economics and Governance
  6. International Public Health Specialisation
  7. Programme and Policy Challenges in Low Income Countries
  8. Management of Health Systems Specialisation
  9. Health, Economics and Governance
  10. Research Modules
  11. Applied Epidemiological Research for Public Health
  12. Applied Qualitative Research for Public Health
  13. Integration Module
  14. Health Inequalities: Integrating Public Health Practice

Objective

To provide a systematic in-depth knowledge of the impact of communicable diseases and of environmental hazards on the health of a population.

To provide a critical awareness and comprehensive understanding of the application of public health principles and practice to manage communicable diseases and environmental hazards.

Description

During this module students will learn about the impact on public health of communicable diseases and environmental hazards. As a student, you will study the epidemiology of such diseases and principles of prevention and control, including their application. You will also study ways to apply epidemiological and health protection principles to the investigation of hazards to health.

Duration

6 weeks

Objective

To provide a critical and systematic knowledge of the processes and strategies required for disaster management including mitigation, response, and recovery.

To provide an in-depth and conceptual understanding of the effects of natural and man-made disasters on public health strategies and responses.

Description

This module concentrates on disaster preparedness on a global level through the study of mitigation, response and recovery in relation to natural and man-made disasters. As a student, you should gain the aptitude to proficiently manage disaster situations, excel in environmental hazard risk management and develop effective strategies for humanitarian assistance and relief distribution.

Duration

6 weeks

Objective

To develop an in-depth and conceptual understanding of the development of Public Health (PH) policies and practice in developing countries, addressing the factors that underlie health inequalities.

To develop systematic knowledge of Public Health programmes in low income countries, and the role of international, regional and national agencies such as the WHO, UN agencies and NGOs, with a focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Description

This module commences with a comprehensive examination of the communicable and non-communicable diseases prevalent in low income countries from an epidemiological perspective. As a student, you will study in-depth the variety of efforts currently being undertaken to target international development aims such as the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The difficulties facing the development of health systems in low income countries, and policy development, equity and ethics, will also be critically explored.

Duration

6 weeks

Objective

To provide students with critical understanding of the behaviour of consumers and organisations in healthcare markets and health financing systems.

To develop a critical awareness of different methods of health economic evaluation and explain how each may be applied in practice.

Description

This module provides a foundation in health economics. It will enable you, as a student, to identify, interpret and evaluate health care in the economic context, with particular attention to practical application and the important features of strong governance systems.

Duration

6 weeks

Objective

To develop an in-depth and conceptual understanding of the development of Public Health (PH) policies and practice in developing countries, addressing the factors that underlie health inequalities.

To develop systematic knowledge of Public Health programmes in low income countries, and the role of international, regional and national agencies such as the WHO, UN agencies and NGOs, with a focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Description

This module commences with a comprehensive examination of the communicable and non-communicable diseases prevalent in low income countries from an epidemiological perspective. As a student, you will study in-depth the variety of efforts currently being undertaken to target international development aims such as the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The difficulties facing the development of health systems in low income countries, and policy development, equity and ethics, will also be critically explored.

Duration

6 weeks

Objective

To provide students with critical understanding of the behaviour of consumers and organisations in healthcare markets and health financing systems.

To develop a critical awareness of different methods of health economic evaluation and explain how each may be applied in practice.

Description

This module provides a foundation in health economics. It will enable you, as a student, to identify, interpret and evaluate health care in the economic context, with particular attention to practical application and the important features of strong governance systems.

Duration

6 weeks

Objective

To provide students with a systematic understanding of epidemiological methods in practice for developing and conducting public health research.

To enable students to develop a comprehensive knowledge and skill base in the use of statistical techniques including the use of advanced statistical software for public health research.

Description

This module provides the context for scientific research and the skills needed to undertake epidemiological studies. As a student, you should be able to design appropriate questions, apply statistical techniques to data and present your findings as a report.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To provide an in-depth knowledge of the nature and types of qualitative research and its use in public health research.

To develop a systematic knowledge of the key principles and skills required to undertake qualitative research including designing appropriate questions, developing methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation of data and representation of research.

Description

This module gives students a thorough grounding in a wide range of qualitative research methods. As a result, you should be equipped to design your own robust qualitative research proposal and analyse and present the results.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To enable students to work in groups to critically appraise existing evidence and develop a coherent argument to address a specific public health problem related to health inequalities.

To enable students to critically evaluate strategies and policies aimed at reducing health inequalities.

To enable students to critically reflect on the process of producing evidence to address problems in public health.

Description

This module enables students to apply much of what they have learned from all the previous modules. As a student, you will review the existing evidence related to a public health issue of your choice and develop a strategy to address it from the perspective of key stakeholders, while critically reflecting upon your chosen intervention approach.

This process of integrating and applying your knowledge will prepare you for your dissertation research.

Duration

6 weeks


Dissertation

You will refine your dissertation topic in conjunction with your personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the research process.

Please note that current scheduling may be subject to change and that we cannot guarantee that all modules will be offered in every calendar year.