Master Public Health and Primary Care

The University of Manchester

Tuition fee:
  • € 5,077 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,144 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MPH was the first web-based public health Masters programme in the UK. The programme aims to provide students with the skills needed to develop a critical evidence-based approach to the promotion of public health and primary care.

The programme is suitable for any public health or primary care professional wanting to develop public health or research skills, CPD, top-up training for voluntary registration, public health trainees and the MFPH examination, and fourth-year intercalating medical students.

A number of pathways can be followed through this course leading to different awards, as follows:

* Master of Public Health (MPH): the evidence-based approach Streams:

* MPH (Public Health)
* MPH (Primary Care)
* MPH (Health Promotion)
* MPH (Global Health)
* MPH (Global Health and Emergency Humanitarian Assistance)*

* Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
* Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
* Individual course units

*Only open to University of Manchester intercalating medical students.

A two-day residential is held at the University at the beginning of the academic year which students are recommended to attend, although it is not compulsory as the same induction material is available online.

Flexible training packages include a Masters; a postgraduate diploma; a postgraduate certificate and individual courses as part of the Public Health Professional Development (PHPD) programme.


Course aims

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

* Assess evidence that underlies health practice
* Develop a population focus to health issues
* Develop skills to contribute to public health policy-making
* Develop skills necessary to research and answer population health questions

Additional course information Why study at The University of Manchester?

The MPH, which commenced in 2002, is one of The University of Manchester's first e-learning courses to be offered totally online. There are currently 250 students from 24 countries on the course. Students have unparalleled access to a huge range of resources, which are being developed for online use, and one of the best university libraries in the UK.

These programmes are hosted by the Research School of Community-Based Medicine, which is made up from three research groups:

* Primary Care
* Mental Health and Neurodegeneration
* Health Methodology

As one of the highest-ranking universities in the UK that aspires to be one of the top research-led universities in the world, Manchester has a wide community of researchers and learners. Projects undertaken by students are likely to be supervised by researchers from either research division who also create the course material with the teachers of the course.

Module details Course units can be taken as part of a programme or individually as stand-alone courses. All course units except the dissertation are worth 15 credits.

* Masters requires 180 credits
* Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits
* Postgraduate Certificate requires 60 credits


The dissertation is worth 60 credits and can take one of five options:

* Research report
* Research protocol
* Public health intervention plan
* Public health report
* Qualitative study

Part-time students are advised to take at least two core course units in the first year of the course, or the first semester for full-time students.


Academic entry requirements

As a minimum entry requirement for graduate study students should have an undergraduate degree (with a minimum 2.2 classification). In all cases the degree held must be from a recognised institution. Relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification.

English language requirements

Students whose first language is not English require either:

* IELTS level 6.5 with level 6.5 in reading and writing specifically
* TOEFL 575 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based)
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade A

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)

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