Taught course

Doctor of Public Health

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

The admission criteria to the DrPH programme is outlined below:

  • a UK honours degree (2.2 and above) or its equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in a relevant subject
  • applicants with a master’s degree in public health from a UK university can join the programme at year 2 full-time or year 3 part-time through advance standing arrangements
  • applicants with a master’s degree in public health from an overseas university can be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and if approved can join the programme at year 2 full-time or year 3 part-time

Months of entry


Course content

As population structures continue to become dominated by ageing populations, rates of chronic illness increase, emergency of complicated infectious diseases (such as Ebola, Zika, HIV), and health and social care budget cuts, there has never been greater emphasis on preventing disease and improving public health and wellbeing. There is an increasing urge to move from viewing health concerns through lenses of biomedical models to biopsychosocial models. This demonstrates the need to develop more intricate multidisciplinary approaches that blend medical, allied health, nursing professionals, psychologists and sociologists working together to improve health and quality of life of populations – an initiative that requires effective leadership.

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) cultivates effective leadership skills among current and future leaders in public health practice enabling you to develop advanced knowledge and competency in translating current best evidence into public health practice. You develop advanced critical thinking, administrative and problem-solving skills relevant for a dynamic contemporary public health practice environment. You develop a unique ability to analyse and understand the complex global public health issues, and provide sustainable evidence based solutions for improved health outcomes.

The DrPH also enables you to become a fully independent public health researcher able to take the lead on your own learning and research. You have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside experienced and prolific researchers in public health, supporting you to engage in public health research, and to develop a record of wide dissemination and publication – important aspects in your career progression towards achieving a consultant position. The tutors on your course are all specialists in their areas with much expertise and skill in their disciplines. A number of external experts also contribute to modules including health protection experts from Public Health England, environmental health experts from the local authority, public health commissioners from a range of backgrounds and emergency planning officers who run a simulated event for students.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60-72 months
full time
48-60 months

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384110