Make a difference in public health

Increase your professional impact with a 100% online Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health from a prestigious public health school in a leading UK university. With an international, integrated approach to public health, this concise 12-month programme equips you with practical knowledge, problem solving and research skills that you can apply immediately, enhancing your professional prospects in public health related areas.

Why choose the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health?

  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to successfully lead and manage public health projects
  • Acquire core public health skills and knowledge you can apply immediately in your current role
  • Collaborate with peers from around the world, gaining an international public health perspective
  • Master both quantitative and qualitative research
  • Study from anywhere in the world, alongside your current work
  • Gain a qualification from a world-class university at the forefront of medical innovation for over 150 years

As a graduate of this programme, you will be well equipped to make an impact professionally or to progress to a full Masters in Public Health.

Long tradition of excellence in public health

The online Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health is offered by the Department of Public Health and Policy, which is part of the University of Liverpool’s highly regarded School of Medicine. Internationally respected for its multidisciplinary focus and links to WHO Health For All principles, the department is a pioneer in medical research and education and is recognised as a leading centre of research into health inequalities. The University itself has been at the forefront of public health for over 150 years.


The University of Liverpool Online Programmes does not offer programmes that lead to professional licensure. Some career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond successful completion of the above-mentioned online degree programmes.

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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).