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Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International), MPH

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MPHFull-time12 - 18 monthsSeptemberGBP 8250 per totalGBP 19500 per total

About Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International), MPH - at University of Leeds

You are reading course information for the 18-month variant of Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) programme. If you are interested in the 12-month, please follow the links at the right-hand side of this page under the heading 'related courses'.

This programme deals with the management, planning and policy issues for public health services in countries with developing health systems. It will help you acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for building new health services and improving existing health systems.

You'll learn to:
• take a proactive role in problem-solving, critically reviewing evidence and arriving at informed decisions
• design the investigation of a specific public health management issue, collect and analyse data, and make recommendations for further development
• evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible programmes
• review policies, situations and issues in the field of health management, planning and policy-making, with particular reference strengthening health policy for government and NGO sectors.

The programme also helps you to develop analytical thinking, independent learning and an awareness of continuing professional development opportunities.

You'll study in an international learning environment with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.

More information

The programme is delivered by Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

On this programme you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with World Health Organization staff and visits to other organisations, such as the United Nations (UN) Office at Geneva, UNAIDS, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), GAVI Alliance and the Geneva Global Health Hub.

Some modules include opportunities to visit health facilities in Leeds and discuss management issues with public health and/or health services managers.

This Master of Public Health (MPH) - Health Management, Planning and Policy programme is for you if you are a more experienced policy-maker, planner or manager working in a developing health system. You could be working in:
• national, federal or state ministries of health at both senior and middle levels
• national health programmes
• NGOs and international organisations
• training and research institutions.

You can also study this subject at Master of Public Health - HMPP (12 months with dissertation based on secondary data); Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate level (3 months).

The 12-month variant concludes with a 10,000-word dissertation which you write in your final semester which gives you spaces for in-depth examination of an area of health management, planning and policy that is relevant to your work or career plans. The 18-month variant replaces the dissertation with an independent research project in which you will design and carry out a study, involving primary data collection, to investigate a public health management issue in your workplace, or an organisation of your choice. Please contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences admissions team if you need further advice on which programme would be best for you.

  • Course content

    The compulsory modules lay firm foundations for your learning throughout the programme:
    • Introduction to Global Public Health - introduces concepts, approaches and practices of international health, health systems development and disease control.
    • Principles of Health Management, Planning and Policy - examines health challenges in resource-limited countries to support health policy and planning, and develops epidemiological skills for addressing public health concerns.

    The wide range of optional modules allows you to focus your study to match your interests and experience.

    You will work on a research project, where you will design a study to investigate a public health management issue in your workplace or an organisation of your choice. During the project you will supported in Leeds and remotely by a supervisor to guide you through the process of study design, ethical approval, data collection, analysis and reporting.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Introduction to Global and Public Health 30 credits
    • Principles of Health Management, Planning and Policy 30 credits
    • Master of Public Health International: Project 45 credits
    • Health Systems Research Methods 15 credits

    Optional modules

    • Quality Improvement in Health Care 15 credits
    • Non-Communicable Diseases 15 credits
    • Implications of Conflicts and Emergencies on Health and Healthcare Systems 15 credits
    • Human Resources Planning and Management for Health 15 credits
    • Health Systems Development for Primary Health Care 15 credits
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health 15 credits
    • Management of Finance for Health 15 credits
    • Health Economics for Developing Health Systems 15 credits
    • International Health Policy: Geneva Study Tour 15 credits
    • Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes 15 credits
    • Communicable Disease Control 15 credits
    • Health Promotion 15 credits
    • Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health System Strengthening 15 credits
    • Show more

    For more information on typical modules, read Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) MPH in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Under the guidance of academic tutors who have all worked in low and middle income countries, you develop core skills and knowledge early in the programme, which you build on with your chosen modules in specialist fields of public health, planning and management. Your project gives you and extended time to plan, initiate, execute and complete a substantial piece of independent research, with support and guidance. This project is based on primary data and you will work in Leeds and in an organization of your choice in a developing health system to collect and analyse data as well as report on your findings.

    The programme introduces essential learning skills for postgraduate level study, with particular emphasis on the challenges facing those returning to study. A reflective learning approach will form the basis of career-long independent learning and continued professional development.

    You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials and case studies. Some study sessions use the University's computer resources, with support for students to enhance their competence in the use of information technology. You have access to electronic copies of all teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment.

    You'll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals. You will also have access to the newly refurbished Worsley Building with new teaching space and post-graduate social space.

    You'll benefit from the international learning environment on our international health and development programmes, where you learn and discuss with fellow-health professionals from a range of countries and professional backgrounds.


    Each module is assessed through a combination of written assignments, group and individual presentations, reflective logs, and a written examination on epidemiology and statistics. Your 10,000-word project report on your original research project is part of the overall assessment.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A medical degree or bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or equivalent qualification in a related discipline (eg medicine, health, science, social sciences, management or administration).

    All applicants must have a minimum of two years' work experience in a health service or developing health system in a low-middle income country.

    In exceptional cases, we may accept extensive work experience in health services or health systems for applicants who do not fully meet the stated academic requirements.

    International qualifications
    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences admissions team

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks). 

    How to apply

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    By clicking this button, you will be applying for the 18-month variant of Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) programme, if you are want to apply for the 12-month variant, please go to the correct course page and click on the apply button there.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Medicine Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: £8,250 (total)

    International: £19,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    The cost of the optional one-week trip to Geneva (see Course overview) is not included in the course fees. Students pay a contribution towards their travel, accommodation, visa and insurance costs, and the Nuffield pays the rest of these costs. (Students who choose the study trip as an optional module pay a smaller contribution than students who attend the study trip for their professional development only.) Other costs, including meals and any personal costs, are paid by the student. We send more information with offer letters.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

  • Career opportunities

    The programme has been updated from the former MA - Health Management Planning and Policy. Graduates from the programme can work with ministries of health, international organisations, NGOs, universities, consulting firms and private health providers. For example our graduates work in Médecins Sans Frontières, the Red Cross, Save the Children and the World Health Organisation at international, country, region and district levels.

    The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development programmes at Leeds for more than 30 years and so has a large alumni network of health managers and planners holding senior positions around the world. We also have graduates who have pursued PhDs and are now working in major academic and research institutions.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Related courses

    Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) MPH
    Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) PGDip
    Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) PGCert
  • Entry requirements

    Medical degree or bachelor degree with 2:2 (hons) in a related subject + experience

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components

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