Public Health MPH/PgDip/PgCert

Public health aims to promote health, prevent disease, reduce inequalities in health, and prolong life. The population perspective of public health ensures that its practitioners are well placed to improve health wherever they are. Our Master of Public Health degree has been offered by the University for 35 years and we are now offering for the first time an online Masters in Public Health beginning in September 2016.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • The University of Glasgow has provided education in public health since 1839 and has offered a diploma in public health since the early 20th century. The Master of Public Health programme has been offered here continuously since 1981.
  • The Master of Public Health programme will be taught by academics from a wide variety of organisations and disciplines including: Environmental protection, public health medicine, sociology, and health economics.
  • Public health has a central role in guiding health care practice, influencing health policy, protecting the public, and improving population health. If you work or intend to work in an organisation which has public health responsibilities or aims to improve population health then this programme will be suited to you.
  • The programme will be multidisciplinary in focus and it is envisaged will attract students with undergraduate degrees in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health related specialisms.
  • During each course, you will interact with your teachers and fellow students each week using online discussion boards. Your teachers will direct and observe the discussion, and respond to student questions about the course content.
  • The Master of Public Health programme will be useful to practitioners of public health and those seeking to enter this field.
  • Public Health at the University was among the earliest academic fields to move towards a multidisciplinary range of programmes involving staff from a number of areas. Current disciplines represented include: Health promotion, health protection, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, and health economics.
  • Public health practitioners are employed in health services, academia, national and local government, the voluntary sector, as well as in international humanitarian relief. 

Programme structure

You will attend interactive lectures, seminars and individual tutorials and take part in project and team work.

Core courses

  • Principles of public health
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Introduction to epidemiology

Optional courses (one course chosen)

  • Communicable Diseases
  • Further Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Globalisation and public health
  • Health Economics
  • Health Promotion: Principles and Practice
  • Psychosocial Approaches to Public Health
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Research Methods

If you are studying for the MPH, you will also undertake a research project of 15,000–20,000 words and your project studies here will incorporate a series of research methods lectures.

Core and optional courses

Core Courses (semester one)

Principles of Public Health

Aims: The course aims to provide a foundation in public health for students. It will introduce the fundamental concepts of health and illness and the factors that influence health in different settings.

Introduction to Statistical Methods

Aims:

1. To introduce fundamental concepts in biostatistics, especially uncertainty, variation, estimation and comparison.
2. To examine statistical issues in study design.
3. To introduce the most commonly used methods of analysis of data.
4. To give students a framework for critically reading published papers.
5. To give students experience of carrying out standard statistical analysis of small data sets using a computer.

Introduction to Epidemiology (semester one)

Aims: To introduce students to the epidemiological approaches that are used to understand the health of populations.

Research Methods
(for MPH students there are no credits or fee attached to this course as it is part of the Project; for PGDip. PGCert and CPD students it is a 20 credit course)

Aims: To introduce students to a range of data gathering techniques, methodologies and principles, and to explore the strengths and weakness of different approaches.

Research Project (semesters one, two and three)

Aims: On successful completion of the MPH project students will be able to apply knowledge of research methods to design, develop and autonomously carry out a research project relevant to public health.

Optional Courses (choose one)

Communicable Diseases 

Aims: To review the threats to Public Health from communicable disease and appraise the tools available to respond to these.

Further Epidemiology and Statistics 

Aims:

1. To build on the concepts and methods introduced in the Introduction to Statistical Methods course and the Introduction to Epidemiology course.
2. To introduce students to the application of more advanced but commonly used methods of analysis of data; to give students practical experience of the application of these methods to the analysis of data using a suitable statistical computing package (currently STATA).
3. To demonstrate the application of epidemiological principles and interpret the rationale for and results of statistical analyses applied to specific areas, including: cardiovascular disease, cancer, psychiatric disorder.

Globalisation and Public Health

Aims: The course aims to provide an overall view of globalisation and its impact on public health. It will examine major themes within the globalisation debate, looking at a number of global challenges and their overall impact on health and the burden of disease.

Health Promotion: Principles and Practice

Aims: To introduce students to the theoretical approaches and practice of health promotion. This includes the planning and evaluation of health promotion programmes at local, regional and national levels.

Managing Health Care Organisations

Aims: To provide an overview of the role of management in the context of health care services generally, and public health in particular.

Psychosocial Approaches to Public Health

Aims: To explore the main psychological and sociological concepts of direct relevance to public health.

Qualitative Research Methods

Aims: To enable students' developed understanding and acquisition of principal skills in relation to qualitative research methods relevant to public health practice.

Health Economics (semester three)

Aims: This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of health economics, its value and limitations. The course presents the principles of health economics and the techniques of economic appraisal.

Studying online

Computer requirements for your online studiesStudying online at Glasgow

Online distance learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for -without having to relocate to our campus.
You do not need to have experience of studying online as you will be guided through how to access and use all of our online resources.

Virtual learning

You will connect with your fellow students and tutors through our virtual learning environment where you will have access to a multitude of learning resources including:

  • recorded lectures
  • live seminars
  • videos
  • interactive quizzes
  • journal articles
  • electronic books and other web resources
A global community

As an online student at the University you will become part of a global community of learners. Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online delivery and you will be encouraged and supported to interact with your fellow classmates and tutors in a number of ways. For example, through the discussions areas on our virtual learning environment, by skype, during live seminars and in our virtual campus on Second Life. 

Supported

Great emphasis is placed on making sure you feel well supported in your learning and that you have good interactions with everyone on the programme.  Support is available in a number of ways and you will find out more about this during orientation.

All you need to participate in our online programmes is a computer and internet access. 

Computer requirements for your online studies

 

What our students say

Although the Master of public Health online is a new programme, previous public health students have commented on their studies with us:

"The campus is beautiful, the school is well-known and respected, the programme I was interested in was offered within a timeframe that worked for me, Scotland is an amazing place to live."

Kaley Ketchum, Master of Public Health 2015

"The quality of teaching and the attention of the teaching staff was awesome."

Kwanashie Ouza Jummai, Master of Public Health 2015

What are the three things that you have enjoyed most about your time here?

"Made many new friends. Exposure of opportunities. Improved knowledge and skills."

Fiona MacFarlane, HNS Health Promotion Officer (Oral Health and Nutrition), Master of Public Health 2011

"It's a new system of studying... my experience in a nutshell is great!"

Mustafa Hasin, Master of Public Health 2011

"Here there is communication between academic staff and students and that's really good. You don't attend a lecture and reproduced it, in some way you make it your own and it makes you much more proud."

William Tigbe, Master of Public Health 2010

 

 

Try our Public Health taster course

Try our Public l Health taster course by following these simple steps:

1. Access the virtual learning environment here
2. Click create new account
3. Create user name
4. Create password
5. Enter email adress, first name and surname
6. Click create my new account
7. Choose the programme you are interested in from the list
8. Click enrol me.

We hope that our taster courses will provide you with an insight into how our programme runs and what studying online involves.  The Public Health example is taken from one of our courses called: Introduction to Epidemiology with a typical week of learning on the programme. 

Community is a big factor in this programme and participating in discussions around different topics make the course a success and you feel well supported in your learning.  Whilst there will be a multitude of learning resources made available to you, we can also learn a lot from each other's experience as well.  So each week we'll encourage you to discuss the topics with each other, which makes for a great learning experience.  Of course, you tutor will also be on hand to answer your questions and encourage your discussions.

 

Career prospects

The Masters will evidence the start of post graduate study in public health and a commitment to the field of public health. Holders of our campus based Masters in Public Health have been employed in a public health capacity prior to study. Career opportunities for those holding the MPH degree include: lecturer, health development manager, public health advisor, health programme specialists, epidemiologist, medical practitioner positions in public health, clinical university teacher, research positions.

Entry requirements

A relevant first degree, at least at 2:1 honours level, or equivalent in addition to a minimum of six months work experience in public health or health care. Exceptionally, if a first degree is not relevant then a professional qualification and experience in the practice of public health for at least two years at a professional level is required.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18

MPH

Online Distance learning

Home/EU/International: £1167 per 20 credits 

60 credits per year over 3 years

PgDip

Online Distance learning

Home/EU/International: £1167 per 20 credits 

60 credits per year over 2 years

PgCert

Online Distance learning

Home/EU/International: £1167 per 20 credits 

60 credits per year

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MPH. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Online Distance Learning

Please note that applications for programmes delivered online will be accepted until the commencement of the programmes in September 2017.

Apply now

For information on our on-campus Public Health programme, see: Master of Public Health