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Global Public Health Leadership

PGDip / PGCert / MPH

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

The MPH Global Public Health Leadership will prepare you to take key roles in the applied promotion and implementation of public health projects. This Master of Public Health (MPH) will prepare and improve you as a Public Health leader in the global context of practice. Focussed on developing real-life and employment-ready skills, the programme is rooted in public health evidence. Delivered through eight distance-learning modules, you can acquire key leadership skills while remaining in in your practice community or public health employment context. Drawing on high-quality online teaching technology, modules are engagingly interactive thereby motivating you to study at a pace suited to you. Moreover, every module is introduced by a dedicated study skills refresher unit, which enables you to perform to the best of your ability and make the most of the academic material offered.

We also offer a similar course on site in Oxford.

Our MSc has now become a MPH but hear what our former students have to say about studying Public Health at Oxford Brookes in the video below.

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Distance learning

Course length

  • Full time: 1 year (full-time)
  • Part time: 2-5 years (part-time)

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

The staff teaching on this programme are working closely with the Prevention Science Group, the Institute for Research in Child Development, and the Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research.

Each of these research groups is leading cutting-edge developments in their field, and their work greatly benefits staff and student development alike. The Global Public Health Leadership teaching team is also engaging a range of public health practitioners and National Health Service Trusts on developing knowledge-transfer projects and public health programme evaluations. 

  • Project Management Skills 10 credits
  • Health Promotion 20 credits
  • Public Health Leadership 20 credits
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation 20 credits
  • Epidemiology and Research Methods 20 credits
  • Community Empowerment and Advocacy 20 credits
  • Communicable Diseases 20 credits
  • Global Public Health Leadership Project 50 credits

Note: the availability of modules is dependent on sufficient student numbers.

Teaching and learning

This distance-learning Master of Public Health (MPH) enables you as a Public Health practitioner or aspiring practitioner to gain the knowledge, skills, critical awareness and the integrated understanding of leadership. This programme is for you if you wish to develop and transform yourselves, your colleagues and your organisation, and to respond to a changing and challenging environment. Taught in a multi-professional and multi-national cohort, you will have the opportunity to develop practice and theorise professional and organisational development within a rich and supportive environment.

The programme is designed in line with the competencies required for Public Health practice. It enables you to work effectively at an advanced level within public health and inter-professional teams. The course provides concrete activities that encourage debates about the challenges of public health, including in settings in economically developing and transitioning countries. It promotes greater self-awareness and addresses the challenges of being a global citizen. Learning technology is used to promote collaboration, debate and discussion as well as the development of digital literacy. You will have the opportunity to gain an advanced education in public health, reflecting the growing significance of preventing and reducing harm through community empowerment, advocacy and public policy.

Approach to assessment

This programme is taught online. All parts of the teaching curriculum have been designed for distance learning delivery, taking into account that students are not expected to have physical access to on-campus resources. Teaching uses a combination of pre-recorded concise introductory lectures in video format, webinars allowing discussion with teaching staff, asynchronous forums and activities allowing for feedback from teaching staff and peers, formative online group work, and bespoke reading materials to address the learning needs of all students on the programme. Webinar technology is used for academic advisors to remain in contact with their students throughout the year of study. Teaching material is designed in accordance with the principles of constructive alignment, and examples are selected with a focus on practical application and transferability to the students’ future and current employment contexts.

Expected online contact and independent study time per 20 credit module Online

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
Total - 200 hours

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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - distance learning fee: 2019/20: Full time £9,180 Part time £1,020 per module (20 credits)

International - distance learning fee: 2019/20: Full time £9,180 Part time £1,020 per module (20 credits)

For information there are 9 single modules to pay for in a full masters programme a total of 180 credits

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

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 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

Students from countries that block Google products will not be able to access Google Meet webinars and maybe unable to watch pre-recorded lectures. While the teaching team will attempt to accommodate your individual circumstances, this may reduce the quality of your student experience.

Students whose first language is not English will also need to demonstrate one or more of the following or their equivalent:

  • British Council IELTS at or above level 6.0 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking
  • University degree taught and assessed in English
  • A-levels / high school diploma taught in English

Exemptions can exceptionally be negotiated with the Subject Coordinator for students who have extensive working experience in public health or public policy.

English language requirements

Applicants will be required to demonstrate one or more of the following (or equivalents):


  • British Council IELTS: level 6.0 or above 
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; Grade A or B
  • O-level English Language or GCSE English Language : Grade A or B
  • O-level Maths or GCSE: Grade A or B or equivalent
  • Oxford Brookes University English Language Level 4 – pass.

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

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.

How to apply

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.

How this course helps you develop

This course is different from other Public Health programmes because of its strong focus on employability skills and applied dimensions of knowledge. It will challenge you to practice and simulate practice alongside traditional modes of study, for example through the creation of health promotion materials or the running of public health projects alongside and as part of your studies.


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.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging you to attain your full potential as lifelong learners.

There is a range of support mechanisms available, including academic advisers, who will facilitate your academic development, and student support co-ordinators, who provide a drop-in service for queries about any aspect of student life, covering both academic and personal welfare.

The University’s support services include Upgrade, which provides advice on study skills such as planning and writing essays, assignments and dissertations, research, or preparing for an exam. They also give advice on statistics and maths. There is a dedicated Student Disability and Dyslexia Service, which provides support for students with disabilities including sensory and mobility impairments, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health problems and medical conditions. Here, staff offer advice and support on a range of issues, including physical access, funding, alternative assessment arrangements and liaison with teaching staff to ensure that they are aware of your requirements.

For many students, this course is a return to study after a long break from education. Therefore, during this programme we also offer sessions on academic writing, finding literature, and effective study techniques.

We also encourage students to support each other through a Public Health Society and we invite students to a range of seminars by researchers from Oxford Brookes and other UK universities.

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Research highlights

In the Research Excellence Framework  (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent. 

Research areas and clusters