Master of Public Health (MPH) – Online Course

Programme duration: approximately30 months(part-timeand online)
Upcoming starts: 11 Jan 2022 and 5 Apr 2022
Other awards: PGDip/PGCert

Equip yourself with the key expertise required to address public health concerns on a national and international level.  

What is public health?

Public health is an umbrella term referring to the provision of healthcare to the general public, both at a national and international level. Working in a public health department is based around ensuring that people from all backgrounds can access a good level of healthcare to keep them fit and healthy as part of a better society.

Jobs in public health can be wide-ranging; from doctors to managers, administrators to educators, there are a wealth of public health careers that are engaging and rewarding and there are a number of education pathways for getting started on the public health career ladder.

About the programme

We offer one of the only online MPH programmes in the UK which is fully accredited by APHEA (Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation). APHEA is an independent body which is committed to assuring and improving the quality of public health educational activities throughout Europe and the globe.  

Our MPH offers a global multidisciplinary public health approach. You will work in small groups with your peers to discuss public health issues and engage in collaborative activities. Our international faculty and students bring a breadth of perspectives to our classroom which provides you with unique insight into public health best practices across the world.  

Through the programme you will explore key topics within public health such as principles and practice within a global context, as well as methodologies and approaches from an ethical, social and economic standpoint. You will learn to critically appraise the complexities of health and social systems from different stakeholder perspectives and evaluate options for strategy development and programme interventions.  

You can elect to study specialist modules to advance specific expertise in public health, such as managing crises and disasters, programme and policy challenges in low-income countries, and health economics. The optional modules you choose to study, could enable you to pursue our specialist pathways in Management of Health Systems and International Public Health.  

Download a prospectus for more details on this programme. 

Structure and entry awards

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Public Health (MPH), 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PGDip) and 60 credits to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PGCert).* 

  • Practising and Promoting Public Health in a Global Context (15 credits)
  • Generating and Evaluating Public Health Evidence (20 credits)
  • Integrated Research in Public Health: Epidemiology and Qualitative Methods (20 credits)
  • Leading and Managing Health Systems (10 credits)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Systems and Programmes (10 credits)
  • Health Inequalities: Integrating Public Health Practice (10 credits)
  • Core module (one from): 
    • Applied Epidemiological Research for Public Health; or (15 credits)
    • Applied Qualitative Research for Public Health (15 credits)
  • Optional modules (two from): 
    • Health Protection (10 credits)
    • Preventing and Managing Communicable Diseases (10 credits)
    • Managing Crises and Disasters (10 credits)
    • Programme and Policy Challenges in Low Income Countries (10 credits)§
    • Health, Economics and Governance (10 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

‡ This module must be taken for the International Public Health route. § This module must be taken for the Management of Health Systems route. 

*Please note, these modules are not finalised and may be subject to change.

For more information on the modules, including syllabus and learning outcomes, please download our programme booklet

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact us now via LiveChat.

Applicants should possess either◊:  

  • A master’s or bachelor’s in medicine, equivalent to a UK degree, coupled with at least one year experience in a public health related field; or   
  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in a public health related discipline, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ professional experience in a public health related field; or 
  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in a non-public health related discipline, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ professional experience in a public health related field. 

Applicants should must also have: 

  • A minimum GCSE grade C or equivalent in English language and mathematics. 

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 (overall) and 7.0 (reading and writing).

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Fees and funding

MSc: £15,300
PGDip: £10,200
PGCert: £5,100

These fees* are fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.   

Scholarships and discounts

You may be able to benefit from the following scholarships and discounts:

  • Regional Scholarships of up to 15%. To find out the scholarship offered in your region, please make an enquiry now
  • 10% discount for University of Liverpool alumni
  • 5% discount for up-front full tuition fee payment 

Further support

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to cover the costs of your studies. You could benefit from:

  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over the duration of study 
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost. 

Please speak to our admissions team for more details of fees, scholarships, discounts and support.

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed.


Apply for this course by completing a simple online form

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation: 

  • School or college transcripts/certificates 
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable 
  • Degree certificates 
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applications only) 
  • Personal statement 
  • An up-to-date CV 

Acknowledgement of your application 

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration. 

Students with disabilities 

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support. 


We have regular start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they have special requirements. 

Career prospects

This programme has been designed with the professional development needs in mind of a wide range of health practitioners – from those interested in improving the health and wellbeing within communities, to individuals working for NGOs in developing countries, or in developed countries – to help them progress to the next stage of their career ladder. 

You will be equipped with the expertise to put public health principles into effect in a variety of settings including research, practice and policy. This could open up senior roles for you in public health research and practice within a range of sectors, such as health organisations, governmental organisations, charities and NGOs.