Taught course

Public Health

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Suitable for those from a wide range of health backgrounds including: dentistry, environmental health, health information, health planning, health promotion, health service evaluation, health service management, social work, medicine, nutrition, and nursing. Applicants should have a good first degree (2.1 or higher) or at least two years relevant experience with evidence of academic potential. Overseas applications should be received in good time before the start of the course, at least by June. UK applicants might be invited to come for an informal discussion on the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Aims

It is expected that on completion of the MPH programme, students will be able to:

  • apply epidemiological principles, statistical techniques and critical appraisal ethically to the problems of disease causation, the assessment of the health needs of a community, and the planning and evaluation of public health programmes
  • evaluate the influences of environmental, socio-economic, genetic, nutritional, cultural, occupational and political factors on population health and the provision of appropriate health care
  • use understanding of how health policy is developed and implemented, how clinical and programme effectiveness is assessed and how health services are planned, commissioned, organised, managed and financed to improve their professional practice
  • use skills in problem formulation, research design, data collection, literature reviews, analysis, interpretation and presentation, and the use of modern information systems, including bibliographic databases
  • use problem-solving skills and know how to investigate and plan an appropriate response to incidents that could adversely affect public health, such as environmental hazards and outbreaks of infectious disease
  • critically evaluate the principles of disease prevention, risk perception and health promotion and be able to apply them in the development of public health strategies
  • achieve mastery in a relevant specialist area, including application of critical thinking skills
Special Features
  • Multi-disciplinary and trans-professional in both its content and the students it attracts. The programme is the product of a collaboration between academic partners and the NHS including the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, Public Health Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and the University of Glamorgan
  • The MPH has been run successfully in Cardiff since 1989 and has a national and international reputation. The course is designed to fit closely with the syllabus of the UK Faculty of Public Health and to take account of the changing nature of public health practice globally.
  • Required course for public health trainees in Wales preparing for the examination for membership of the Faculty of Public Health, for whom a supplementary course is available.

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Information for international students

Those whose first language is not English should have obtained an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in the last three years. All applications will be considered on an individual basis by the selection committee.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Mrs Julia Hodgson
+44 (0)29 2068 7227