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Transform the future of public health

Outdated health policy risks the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. To initiate change and improve medical provision, interdisciplinary and collaborative education is key. Our Online Master of Public Health (MPH) gives you the experience needed to help drive the necessary changes to safeguard public health without interrupting your career.

The University of Glasgow is one of the top 100 of the world's universities (QS World University Rankings 2022) and the university has provided education in public health since 1839. Our Master of Public Health is widely recognised by businesses and health organisations around the world and opens careers in teaching, health programme management, epidemiology, and academic research. This distance learning programme takes an international approach to public health and puts emphasis on original research.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that no country, regardless of income, is immune to the effects of a contagious disease. Crucial to tackling it effectively requires an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of public health principles and practice as well as epidemiology, health protection and health promotion. University of Glasgow Master of Public Health scholars graduate with a variety of skills, meaning they can make a significant difference to whatever public health environment they find themselves working in.

Run by the college of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, home to world leading expertise across a diversity of discipline, the programme features interdisciplinary expertise from environmental protection, health economics and sociology.

Through its research, the institute has been at the forefront of evaluating major public health interventions, including the countries current alcohol misuse strategy and Scotland’s smoking ban. It’s this focus on life -changing research that elevates the programme content.

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Study online, on your terms

Online learning lets you study at a time and place that suits you. Such flexibility means you can learn and develop around your existing career and lifestyle.

  • Learn through video, storylines, audio, or written transcripts
  • Study from any device, from any location
  • Connect with tutors and students in our virtual learning environment

What our students say

The Glasgow virtual learning environment is an extension and evolution of conventional teaching, rather than a replacement for it – providing mentorship and support where it is needed, a sense of being part of an actual classroom cohort, and learning content that can easily be accessed' – James, University of Glasgow online student

Programme outcomes

  • Apply principles of epidemiology, statistical analysis, and health improvement in the field
  • Identify, analyse, and apply social, economic, and environmental theories to improve services
  • Access and debate explanations for the persistence of public health inequalities
  • Appraise policy and assess its contribution to public health
  • Explore models of disease causation and design strategies to mitigate risk
  • Review evidence, interpret data and employ research methods to meet current public health challenges

Career Prospects

Potential career opportunities for graduates of the Master of Public Health include, lecturer, health development manager, public health advisor, medical practitioner, clinical university teacher, health programme specialist, along with various research positions.

Public health practitioners are employed in health services, academia, national and local government, the voluntary sector, and international humanitarian relief.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted for this programme, you must have:

  • At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant health related subject from a recognised institution. We are able to consider a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:2 or equivalent in addition to at least 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.

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

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken with 4 years and 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

World changers welcome: join us and make your mark

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