The MPH is internationally respected for its multidisciplinary focus and commitment to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Health for All” principles. It is an essential programme if you are working in any area of public health: governmental organisations, health services management, policy and planning, housing, transport, or for community groups and NGOs.
Public health aims to tackle the wider determinants of health. As a multidisciplinary subject, our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, health services, health service management, environmental health and graduates with a background in the natural sciences, social sciences or humanities subjects.
With its modular format, the programme can be studied to the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or master’s levels within the University. Our online students study part-time for over two to six years and integrate the programme with their jobs and CPD.
On completion of the programme, the student should have a foundation in the science and art of public health, including an in-depth knowledge of the concepts of health and disease and factors, which may affect these.
The resulting knowledge, skills, and insight should enable students to integrate and apply public health principles and theories through collaboration with stakeholders in a variety of settings.
The MPH consists of the following taught modules and a final dissertation project.
The optional modules you choose to study could enable you to pursue our specialist pathways in the Management of Health Systems and International Public Health.
Shorter postgraduate diploma (120 credits) and postgraduate certificate (60 credits) awards are also available in this subject.
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)
1 core module from (1x15 credits):
Applied Epidemiological Research for Public Health; or
Applied Qualitative Research for Public Health
2 optional modules from (2x10 credits):
Health Protection: Preventing and Managing Communicable Diseases
Managing Crises and Disasters
Programme and Policy Challenges in Low Income Countries‡
Health, Economics and Governance§
Dissertation (60 credits)
Please note, these modules are not finalised and may be subject to change.
Teaching methods and style
This programme is designed to be studied wholly online and part-time. Teaching is delivered through our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which provides students with access to all resources required for interactive study online. On this platform, you will be encouraged to work collaboratively with classmates and actively read around your topic through our comprehensive library of ebooks and journals.
Methods of assessment
A variety of methods are used to assess the module and programme outcomes:
Reflective professional learning log
Task-focused group work
Short report writing
Collaborative wiki design/writing
Project-based group work
Short answer tests
Online synchronous and asynchronous discussions
Individual research project in the form of a dissertation
The MPH provides a strong basis for public health careers and provides a solid foundation for those working in health promotion, policy development and evaluation; in government or non-governmental organisations (NGO) and other health-related agencies; and those involved in public health research and practice in a variety of international settings.
It is intended that the programme will enhance existing knowledge and understanding of the subject matter that is relevant to public health, and augment this with understanding and skills relevant to public health in their sector. The expectation is that this will provide a basis for their career development towards senior and managerial positions in the profession.
Applicants should possess either*:
A master’s or bachelor’s degree in medicine, equivalent to a UK degree, coupled with at least one years’ 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 of 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 of professional experience in a public health-related field.
Applicants should also have:
A minimum GCSE grade C or equivalent in English language and mathematics.
All applicants from outside the UK 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).
*Applicants who do not meet our entry criteria will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Studies.
Fees and funding
Full tuition fee – £18,000* (2020/2021 academic year)
The tuition fee is fully inclusive of all costs: teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.
If you live in England, you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the costs of your degree. If you are not eligible for a student loan, you will be offered a simple monthly payment plan to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your studies.
You will receive a 5% discount if you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront.
Scholarships of up to 15% of your tuition fee may be available. For more details speak to the University of Liverpool Online Programmes admission team.
*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 during the payment process.