Taught course

Public Health

University of Cambridge · Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or its international equivalent. All applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions).

Months of entry


Course content


This full-time course is designed to provide successful students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills which, when combined with appropriate further experience, will enable them to make a professional contribution to public health. Approximately two-thirds of the curriculum is shared with the MPhil in Epidemiology. The course draws on local strengths in quantitative methods and their application to the solution of public health problems. It covers most of the curriculum for the UK Faculty of Health Part A examination. Throughout the course students are able to draw on the research expertise within the Institute of Public Health and wider expertise in the University. The course is open to medical and non-medical graduates and is aimed at:

  • Graduate students who wish to gain an advanced understanding in public health research
  • Graduate students with practical experience in a health field, who wish have a career in public health
  • Trainee public health physicians and public health specialists working in the NHS
  • Public health professionals who wish to gain a fuller understanding of aetiologic and applied epidemiology and other disciplines at the foundation of public health practice, and their application to the solution of public health problems

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used during the course including lectures, practical exercises, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. The level moves from basic to advanced within the three terms.

Fees and funding

Fee Home: GBP9468, EU: GBP9468, Overseas: GBP23808

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months



A thesis not exceeding 20,000 words in length is required and is completed in the Easter Term.


Two essays, each not exceeding 3,000 words in length are required.


Two written papers, each of which may cover all the areas of study prescribed in the syllabus, are taken in the Easter Term.

Other Assessment

Term 1 - Informal Epidemiology Assessment

Written paper of 1.5 hour duration.

The full-time components of the course are completed by the end of July. However, to complete the course, students will be required to attend a viva in person on a date (to be announced) in late August or early September.

Course contact details

+44 1223 337733