Taught course

Public Health

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require a minimum of an Upper Second class honours degree or overseas equivalent . Significant relevant research or professional experience may be considered in place of an academic qualification lower than an Upper Second.

Applicants who fail to meet the required entry criteria for the course will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on another route, eg PGCert or PGDip. These students may be allowed to progress to the full MSc if they pass the course at the required MSc level.

You will require regular access to a modern personal computer (Windows or Mac) with a stable internet connection. You should be confident in using the internet for web browsing and sending emails and also using word processing software, such as Microsoft Word.

Months of entry


Course content

Our distance learning Master of Public Health (MPH) course meets the training needs of health professionals around the world who are interested in a career in public health or those seeking new skills in this area.

Contemporary public health practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible, with a broad experience of a range of subject areas.

This course will equip you with:

  • the skills and knowledge to apply to public health concerns at local, national and international level;
  • the ability to apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations;
  • the capability of meeting core-competencies in public health.

We offer a number of different pathways including PGCert, PGDip and MPH awards.

Special features

Flexible learning

All of the course content is delivered online, enabling you to fit study around other commitments. A three-day residential induction is held in Manchester at the start of the course, but attendance is not compulsory. There are both fully online and blended options where face-to-face sessions are planned.

Learn with students from around the world

You will be able to mix with students from a range of disciplines from all over the world. We have over 1,500 alumni from more than 80 countries.

Specialisation options

If you have an interest in a specialised approach to public health, you can also opt to take the Master of Public Health (Global Health) stream.

Additional course information

We run induction sessions for all new students starting our Public Health and Primary Care courses.

Residential induction

A three-day residential course is held at the University at the beginning of the academic year.

The course is designed to introduce you to the content and technology used throughout the programmes. It is also an opportunity for you to meet academic, e-learning and support staff.

You are encouraged to attend the residential course and many students find it very beneficial.

However, due to the international nature of our programmes, attendance is not compulsory.

The residential course includes:

  • an introduction to the core units;
  • an opportunity to meet tutors, e-learning support staff and administrators;
  • an introduction to the online learning environment;
  • an introduction to the library and e-resources at Manchester;
  • an opportunity to present your work and hear about work undertaken by other students.

You will be required to provide your own transport and accommodation for the residential course.

Confirmation of attendance on the residential induction will be sought once you have applied for the course.

Online induction

We offer an online induction unit for all students. This is ideal if you cannot attend the residential, as it covers the basic information that you will need to get started on the online programme.

Our e-learning team will also run online drop-in sessions for all students from the start of Semester 1, where there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have as you begin your studies.

Scholarship induction

Each year, staff from our programmes will visit one or more of the African scholarship countries to host an induction session for scholarship students.

This will be similar to the residential induction hosted at Manchester.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

If the language of instruction of your first degree was English, but you obtained the degree from a university of a non-majority English-speaking country, the English language requirement may be waived for applicants on our Personal Professional Development CPD programme only, provided written evidence is submitted.

The CPD programme is not award-bearing and allows you to complete up to three units from the MPH syllabus. After successfully completing this level of the course, students could then be considered for progression to the award-bearing levels of our course.

Fees and funding

CSC scholarships

We are currently able to offer five scholarship places for resident citizens of Uganda via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC). Applications must be made via the via the CSC electronic application system. Applications open on Monday 22 May 2017 and close on Sunday 18 June 2017.

See our CSC scholarship flyer (Word, 2MB) for more information.

Equity and Merit Scholarships

We offer Equity and Merit Scholarships to academically excellent young professionals from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
48 months


distance learning
12-60 months

Further details of qualification

The MPH is the first web-based public health Masters programme in the UK. It now has approximately 280 students, two thirds from the UK. It attracts doctors, nurses, researchers,managers, NGO staff, intercalating medical students and other health professionals interested in public health or primary care.

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0) 161 306 0604