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About Master of Public Health, MPH - at University of Essex Online

Our online Master of Public Health students aren't just studying a degree - they are changing the world around them. Designed with busy health professionals in mind, this programme will provide you with an ideal foundation to develop as an effective public health professional.

Through our programme you'll gain a critical understanding of the key concepts underlying global public health. You'll explore a variety of public health areas such as how public health is dealt with across the globe. You'll be able to discuss the trends in diseases that affect global health and what it means for where you work.

Throughout this course, you'll explore a broad range of topics including:

  • contemporary models and strategies to guide the design of effective health promotion activities
  • public health challenges of interest facing the global population
  • process of and application of techniques for population health needs assessment
  • the principles and methods of epidemiology with a particular focus on public health perspectives
  • the theory and practice of key personal development skills relevant to the healthcare domain

Finally, you'll get a chance to put what you have learnt into practice when you undertake an independent research project in your dissertation.

Royal Society For Public Health (RSPH) Membership

As a leading voice in public health, RSPH provides opportunities for students to maintain up-to-date knowledge, access exclusive resources, explore potential careers and occupations, network with like-minded people, and be recognised as a committed public health professional.

All Master of Public Health students will be provided with a 1 year student membership with the RSPH following the completion of their first module. Upon completion of their postgraduate programme with UoEO, students will be eligible to apply for Fellowship of RSPH. If applying before their Student Member status expires, they can upgrade without being charged the upgrade fee.

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Notes about fees for this course

Our fees are the same for all students, and anyone will receive a 5% discount if they pay the full course fee payment up-front.

10% anniversary scholarship available for students who enrol from 1 July 2023.

Entry requirements

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That's why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our Master of Public Health (MPH), you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our Master of Public Health (MPH), you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least three years' experience in a relevant health field, supported by appropriate references.

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0. Don't worry if you don't hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification - we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don't need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Student reviews of University of Essex Online

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Andy Robertson, BA (Hons) Business and Management

“Being a naval chap, I thought that I was a broad, adaptable, comfortable manager.

However, as a mature student, the vagaries and pressures of work take priority and zap your energy, making the balance beyond work, between family and study even more precarious.

In maintaining the balance between work, study and home life, I learned that one has to set aside a period known as the “study period” and sacrifice being idle! Giving up free time simply means giving up time without purpose, a really neat trick of useful time management. And when in doubt, I sought the great bunch of tutors and student advisers at University of Essex Online.”

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Breshana Francis, CertCE Law

"I am a Jamaican living in Qatar with my family as expats; we can be called upon to relocate to another country at any time. The University of Essex Online law programme fits perfectly with this lifestyle, as it provides the flexibility that I need to pursue my studies vigorously and to keep up with my ever-changing environment.

I was able to achieve my CertCE Law, which allows me to continue studying towards an LLB qualification. The University of Essex Online law degree programme has developed and shaped my mind to think like a lawyer from the start of my studies.

During this time, I can work, take a holiday and have family time as this is only possible through The University of Essex Online programmes."

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Aisha Legge, MBA (Human Resource Management)

"I wish I’d started my MBA years ago. I feel like I’m part of a community. I created a WhatsApp group for students based in the UAE and we physically meet up regularly. If I can’t watch any lectures live because of the time difference I can watch them on demand and our tutors try to be flexible with their office hours.

Even though we’re miles away from the Essex team, they’re always willing and able to help with any issues or questions I have. My student adviser, Marie, replies promptly, is always able to assist me and offers support in my studies.

My hope is that my MBA will help with career advancement and open doors to opportunities with potential employers in the future."

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