Research course

Doctor of Public Health

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants will have a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in Public Health or health and social care related discipline, plus a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject.

Applicants will also need to satisfy the requirements for English Language, where English is not their first language, which are a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each test band) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

The course is for people who work or aspire to work as higher specialists in public health or at senior policy level.

This course requires students to carry out a systematic inquiry which makes an original contribution to knowledge in practice. It provides an opportunity for you to focus on developing advanced capabilities and understanding as public health leaders, with a view to making a significant original contribution to public health professional objectives.

Why study Doctor of Public Health with us?

Our Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) course takes an innovative multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon international experts in health economics, health protection, communicable disease, epidemiology, social justice, health promotion, biostatistics, and health and social policy.

The course was developed to provide you with the cutting-edge research experience, knowledge and skills to enable you to undertake strategic leadership in public health. Its central aims are to foster an integrated understanding of health and social policies, the systems that create and sustain the uneven distribution of determinants of health, and the critical application of social justice principles to current public health issues.

How will I be taught?

You will study as a member of a supportive peer group, and will be encouraged to develop distinctive themes for research grounded in your own professional practice.

You will be taught in weekend (and weekdays for full-time students) seminars and workshops, as well as through individual tutorials.

Contact hours are 20 per taught module. You will also be expected to undertake 400 hours’ private study per taught module, and 3000 hours for the thesis.

How will I be assessed?

The DrPH will enable you to critically and reflectively engage with the principles of public health within your own practice.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DrPH
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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