Taught course

Public Health (International)

University of Leeds · Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

  • A medical degree or bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or equivalent qualification in a related discipline (eg medicine, health, science, social sciences, management or administration).
  • All applicants must have a minimum of two years’ work experience in a health service or developing health system in a low-middle income country.
  • In exceptional cases, we may accept extensive work experience in health services or health systems for applicants who do not fully meet the stated academic requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is designed (12-month variant) to provide public health professionals with an advanced understanding of the health needs of populations and how to effectively intervene to strengthen international health systems.

You can also study this subject at Master of Public Health (International) (18 months with a research project); Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate level (4 months).

Make an impact

Through our course you’ll gain a detailed insight into innovative solutions to address modern global health challenges. Through studying with our expert staff, you can benefit from their real world knowledge and experience, positioning you to join the global community of professionals working to improve the provision of healthcare around the world.

Course highlights

  • Analyse issues in health policy and health services using epidemiological and statistical tools to critically review evidence.

  • Develop the essential skills to improve existing (and build new) health services programmes and management systems.

  • Evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible programmes.

  • Discuss ethical issues, and adopt and justify an appropriate ethical stance.

You’ll benefit from an international learning environment, with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.

The course is delivered by Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

On this course you have the opportunity (dependent on travel restrictions - please see our Course terms and conditions) to take part in a study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with various health-related UN and other international organisations. In the past these have included: World Health Organisation; UNAIDS; UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR); United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR); International Labour Organisation; International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC); Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); GAVI Alliance.

The Master of Public Health (International) is designed for you if you are a health professional with diverse experience in national health systems. For example you may be a district and provincial medical officer, disease control, reproductive and child health and other programme officer, health service manager, community nurse, health educationalist or general medical practitioner.

You can also study this subject at Master of Public Health (International) (18 months with a research project); Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate level (3 months).

The 12-month variant concludes with a 10,000 word dissertation that you write in your final semester which gives you space for in-depth examination of an area of public health that is relevant to your work and career plans.

The 18-month variant replaces the dissertation with a research project. There you design and carry out a study involving primary data collection to investigate a public health issue in your workplace or organization of your choice.

Please contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences admissions team if you need further advice on which course would be best for you.

Information for international students

Additional cost information

The cost of the optional one-week trip to Geneva (see Course overview) is not included in the course fees (dependent on travel restrictions - please see our Course terms and conditions). Students pay a contribution towards their travel, accommodation, visa and insurance costs, and the Nuffield pays the rest of these costs. (Students who choose the study trip as an optional module pay a smaller contribution than students who attend the study trip for their professional development only.) Other costs, including meals and any personal costs, are paid by the student. We send more information with offer letters.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPH
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPH
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    You can study this subject as Master of Public Health International (12 or 18 months with dissertation based on secondary data) and at Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate level (4 months).

Course contact details

School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 0806