Find a course


Global Public Health Leadership

MPH or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

January 2022 / September 2022 / January 2023 / September 2023

Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 2-5 years


Our Master of Public Health (MPH) prepares you for key roles in the applied promotion and implementation of public health projects. It will develop you as a public health leader in the global context of practice.

Our course is rooted in public health evidence and focuses on developing real-life and employment-ready skills. You will learn to respond to a changing and challenging environment as well as gain the required:

  • knowledge
  • skills
  • critical awareness
  • and integrated understanding of leadership.

You will develop practice and theorise professional and organisational development, while learning in a supportive environment.

You will take eight, interactive distance-learning modules, so you can study at a pace suited to you. While gaining key leadership skills as you continue in your practice community or public health employment context. Each module has an introductory study skills refresher unit.

We also offer a similar course taught on-campus.

To find out more about our MPH programmes, please refer to the recording of our recent Postgraduate Virtual Open Day.

Group in a health leadership meeting

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Students require a level 6 degree from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent, and an interest in public health that is demonstrated either in the application / personal statement.

Students must be confident in using a computer or similar device to browse websites, send emails, produce documents and upload files. Their computers or devices must have access to the Internet and Google Meet, and we recommend the following minimum standards for your device:

  • Processor: 1.0 GHz or faster
  • Memory 1GB RAM or more
  • Running a recent version of Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh or Linux or Google Chrome or Google Android operating systems
  • Internet download speed: 0.5 Mbps or faster
  • Internet upload speed: 0.2 Mbps or faster.



Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking) is required.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


International applications

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) distance learning full time

Home (UK) distance learning part time
£1,080 per single module

International distance learning full time

International distance learning part time
£1,080 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning full time

Home (UK) distance learning part time
£1,135 per single module

International full time

International distance learning part time
£1,135 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) distance learning full time

Home (UK) distance learning part time
£1,080 per single module

International distance learning full time

International distance learning part time
£1,080 per single module

2023 / 24
Home (UK) distance learning full time

Home (UK) distance learning part time
£1,135 per single module

International full time

International distance learning part time
£1,135 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

You will study the following modules:

  • Health promotion
  • Project management
  • Public health leadership
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Epidemiology and research methods
  • Community empowerment and advocacy
  • Communicable diseases


Assessment is through written assignments, an online test and a final health promotion project (for the MPH only). 

Two female students in a meeting

Start this course in January

You have the option to start this course in January. You will study a range of modules between January and May. During the summer months of June, July and August you will study further modules and begin work on your dissertation. Between September and December you will complete your final modules and focus on your dissertation.

Study modules

The modules listed below are for the master's award. For the PGDip and PGCert awards your module choices may be different. Please contact us for more details.

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Project Management Skills (10 credits)

Health Promotion (20 credits)

Public Health Leadership (20 credits)

Data Analysis and Interpretation (20 credits)

This module offers students the ability to understand and evaluate statistical data with the use of software. Students will also gain an understanding of how appropriate statistical techniques are chosen for a particular context. They will develop information technology and academic writing skills to present and interpret statistical information in a report. This module does not assume previous statistical knowledge and the analyses included in the teaching and assessment are those which are commonly seen in health-related research and policy papers.

Assessment is via a written statistical report.  

Epidemiology and Research Methods (20 credits)

Community Empowerment and Advocacy (20 credits)

Communicable Diseases (20 credits)

Global Public Health Leadership Project (50 credits)

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will be taught through eight distance-learning modules. And each module is introduced with a dedicated study skills refresher unit. 

With high-quality online teaching technology, modules are engaging and interactive, motivating you to study at a pace suited to you.

We use a variety of teaching methods including:

  • pre-recorded concise introductory lectures in video format
  • webinars 
  • asynchronous forums and activities 
  • formative online group work
  • bespoke reading materials.


Assessment methods used on this course

For each 20 credit module, online contact and independent study time amounts to about  200 hours. This includes:

  • online discussions/contributions - 40 hours 
  • pre-recorded lectures - 2 hours 
  • group work - 4 hours 
  • webinars - 4 hours 
  • guided study - 50 hours 
  • independent study - 70 hours 
  • assessment preparation - 30 hours.


The research areas and groups that relate to this subject include:

Student researching on a laptop

After you graduate

Career prospects

As a graduate, you will benefit from comprehensive knowledge of public health theory, and from a range of CV-ready, employment-focussed skills. The MPH Global Public Health Leadership addresses a growing need for public health leaders and we are confident that it offers a multitude of career opportunities.

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.