You are reading course information for the 12-month variant of the Public Health (International) programme. If you are interested in the 18-month variant, please follow the links at the right-hand side of this page under the heading 'related courses'.
This programme provides public health professionals with an understanding of the health needs of populations and how to effectively intervene to strengthen health systems and improve health in an international context.
You'll learn to:
- analyse issues in health policy and health services using epidemiological and statistical tools to critically review evidence
- develop the essential skills to improve existing (and build new) health services programmes and management systems
- evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible programmes
- discuss ethical issues, and adopt and justify an appropriate ethical stance.
You'll benefit from an international learning environment, with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.
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.
The Master of Public Health (International) is designed for you if you are a health professional with diverse experience in national health systems. For example you may be a district and provincial medical officer, disease control, reproductive and child health and other programme officer, health service manager, community nurse, health educationalist or general medical practitioner. We have recently updated this well-established MPH programme to reflect the needs of our students in 2018 and beyond.
You can also study this subject at Master of Public Health (International) (18 months with a research project); Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate level (3 months).
The 12-month variant concludes with a 10,000 word dissertation that you write in your final semester which gives you space for in-depth examination of an area of public health that is relevant to your work and career plans. The 18-month variant replaces the dissertation with a research project in which you will design and carry out a study involving primary data collection to investigate a public health issue in your workplace or organization 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.
The taught compulsory modules lay firm foundations for your learning throughout the programme:
- Introduction to Global and Public Health - introduces global health issues, public health strategies and health systems
- Principles of Public Health (International) - analyses public health problems from a multidisciplinary perspective, informs how to strengthen existing and to build new health services, programmes and related management systems in order to improve the health of populations and communities
- Health systems research methods - looks at how to plan research, choose research methods, evaluate findings and present results
The wide range of optional modules allows you to focus your study to match your interests and experience.
The 10,000-word dissertation you write in your final semester gives you space for in-depth examination of an area of public health that's relevant to your work and career plans.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Master of Public Health International: Dissertation 45 credits
- Introduction to Global and Public Health 30 credits
- Principles of Public Health 30 credits
- Health Systems Research Methods 15 credits
- 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
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For more information on typical modules, read Public Health (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 dissertation gives you the opportunity to plan, initiate, execute and complete a substantial piece of independent research, with support and guidance.
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, written examination on epidemiology and statistics and a 10,000-word dissertation on your original research project.
Applying, fees and funding
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.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more 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
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 12-month variant of Public Health (International) programme, if you are want to apply for the 18-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.
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
Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in ministries of health, international organisations, civil society organisations, universities, consulting firms and private health providers.
The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development programmes at Leeds for over 30 years and so has a large alumni network of public health specialists, health systems experts, health managers and planners holding senior positions around the world.
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.
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