University of Liverpool

Established in 1989, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is internationally respected for its multidisciplinary focus and commitment to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health for All principles.It is an essential programme if you are working in any area of public health: governmental organisations; health services management; policy and planning; housing; transport; or for community groups and NGOs. Public health aims to tackle the wider determinants of health, and as a multidisciplinary subject, our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, health services, health service management, environmental health and graduates with a background in the natural sciences, social sciences or humanities subjects.Please note this programme is also suitable for intercalating medical students.With its modular format and open learning facilities the programme can be studied to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters levels within the University. You can also study with other institutions by using the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).The MPH provides a solid foundation for public health research and practice in a variety of public, NGO, and international settings. With the knowledge and skills this programme will give you, you’ll be able to put public health principles into effect in a variety of settings including research, practice, policy and at the interface of applied research.It forms a core component of approved training programmes for Health Education North West (HENW) who are responsible for the commissioning and management of training and education of:NHS Specialist Registrars in public health, working towards Certificate of Completion of Specialist training.Students who wish to go on to complete MFPHM Part A.Our students can opt to study full-time over one year or part time over 2-6 years and integrate the programme with their jobs and CPD.Organised into three semesters per year, the programme starts in September. You’ll need to attend two days per week (Wednesday, Thursday) for full-time or one day per week (Year One – Wednesday, Year Two – Thursday) for part-time.We offer 12 weeks of active learning in semesters one and two, followed by one week of assessment. Semester Three (MPH only) is dedicated to your dissertation.The full-time introductory days in Year One are compulsory. As a Masters, Diploma and Certificate student you’ll need to attend these, even if you’ve opted to study part-time.

Entry Requirements

The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is available to any University graduate in a health or health-related profession, as well as non-health-related graduates and others approved by the University. The entry requirements are as follows:-Graduates in medicine of an approved university must have one year post-registration professional experience;-Applicants with a health-related undergraduate degree (preferably 2:1 or above) must be able to demonstrate at least one year of relevant public health work experience. Applicants with a non-health-related undergraduate degree must be able to demonstrate at least two years of relevant public health work experience.-In addition, applicants require a GCSE Grade C or GCE O Level pass in Mathematics and English, or an equivalent qualification.-Students will also need to provide a personal statement detailing why they wish to undertake the programme.-We will need one independent academic/professional reference.-We can consider nursing (non-degree) qualificationsInternational students are encouraged to apply to undertake the programme. This may include professionals working, for example, in health promotion, policy development and evaluation, in government or non-governmental organisations and other health-related agencies. International students should note that the working language for the programme is English. This is a linguistically demanding programme and students whose first language is not English are required to have passed the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) before commencing the programme. The following standard is required:-an overall score of at least 7.0-a score of at least 6.5 on each of the four elements of IELTS-the IELTS reading and writing tests taken by candidates must be the Academic Reading and Academic Writing testsWhere English is the first language, overseas students are usually expected to be able to demonstrate their English language proficiency equivalent to that of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirements and we therefore strongly recommend that all overseas applicants take the IELTS examination.International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines. You can see typically accepted qualifications by country here is a linguistically demanding programme and students whose first language is not English are required to have passed the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination before commencing the programme. The IELTS reading and writing tests taken by candidates must be the Academic Reading and Academic Writing tests.If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at course will only consider IELTS scores (other Secure English Language tests or Country specific tests such as WAEC or Malaysian SPM 1119 are not suitable for this programme).

Closing Date

There are no strict application deadlines but applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they require visas or have special requirements. Each year the university holds Postgraduate Open Days where you can come and meet the MPH team and find out more about the programme. To find out forthcoming PG Open Days, please visit our meet us page: