Taught course

Public Health (International)

University of Leeds · Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

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. Our entry requirements are:

  • 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’ full-time professional work experience in a health service or developing health system in a low-middle income country (please note that we cannot count internships, lab-based positions or work-based training towards the entry requirement).

  • 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


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 Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate level (4 months).

Find out more by watching our virtual open day video

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 health policy and health service issues 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 to select the most effective and feasible programmes.

  • Discuss ethical issues to adopt and justify appropriate ethical stances.

  • Benefit from an international learning environment, with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.

At Leeds, you’ll also have the opportunity (dependent on travel restrictions) to take part in a study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with various health-related UN and other international organisations.

The course is delivered by Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate (4 months) level.

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

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.

Fees and funding

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.

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

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