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The University of Edinburgh CMVM Public Health (part-time) (Online Learning) MPH, PgCert, PgDip
The University of Edinburgh CMVM

Public Health (part-time) (Online Learning) MPH, PgCert, PgDip


3 Years


Part time

23 Aug 2024

09 Sep 2024

GBP 6,370 / per year *

Distance Learning

* estimated tuition for public health (MPH), PgCert, PgDip


The Master of Public Health (MPH) online programme is based on a longstanding tradition of academic teaching and research in public health at the University of Edinburgh.

Public health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society.


Postgraduate training in public health has been offered continuously at the University in one form or another since 1875, when a new postgraduate science degree, aimed at those wanting to be Medical Officers of Health, was introduced.

Since the first Chair of Public Health was established in 1898 and the opening of the Usher Institute of Public Health in 1902, the University has engaged in research covering:

  • epidemiology
  • environmental health
  • infectious diseases
  • medical statistics
  • social sciences in health and health care

Programme at a glance

The MPH online programme is designed to build a diverse skill set to fully equip graduates for a future career in public health.

Some core areas of learning include:

  • Principles, concepts, values and approaches in public health practice and research
  • Health promotion planning and evaluation
  • Epidemiological study design and statistical analysis
  • Screening, surveillance, outbreak response, and public health communication
  • Public health policy content, stakeholders, and processes
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Systematic review theory and practice
  • Practical research planning and implementation
  • Critical appraisal of scientific literature


The MPH online program has successfully achieved 'Full Accreditation' with the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

APHEA represent the five leading associations of public health in the European Region and is committed to assuring and improving the quality of educational activities throughout the European Region and the globe.

Why APHEA accreditation is important?

Accreditation is aimed at supporting the continued improvement of education and training for public health workforces throughout the world. It recognises a programme's quality beyond the borders of its home country, allowing for the transferability of qualifications and potentially providing graduates with better employment opportunities internationally.

Online learning

Online learning is a way to study for an internationally recognised qualification without needing to attend classes on campus.

It is aimed at those who wish to study for a postgraduate qualification alongside work or other commitments.

Online programmes are of equal value to on-campus programmes. The only difference is the way the course is delivered.

Our online learning platform enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

As an online student, you have access to the University's excellent resources and you become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

The MPH (online) programme is entirely online with a study commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per week.

You will study alongside and share your knowledge and experience with students from around the world through active discussion boards, blogs, group work and videos.

The programme is flexible and there are no specific times you need to attend class. It is designed to complement the work commitments and diverse geographical locations of our students.

Assessments and evaluation

Evaluation of the programme is through a mixture of coursework and online participation.

The programme has a variety of types of assessments, including essays, online activities, blogs, group work and tests.

The assessments are designed to fit with the learning outcomes of each course.


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