Master of Public Health (MPH/Diploma/Certificate)

School of Health and Related Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

We have a global reputation. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) places us fourth in the UK for research power.

Our research influences policy and improves lives in the developed and the developing world. We employ around 325 staff and attract £6 million per year in external support.

We understand the challenges you face as a healthcare professional. Our masters courses are accessible, practical, flexible and carefully designed to help you develop your career.

About the course

Public health has never been more important, as we encounter new challenges in areas such as obesity, for example, with the epidemiological transition globally meaning the burden of disease moves away from traditional communicable diseases.

In addition, much greater recognition of the role of health inequalities in the UK and globally means there are new challenges but also opportunities in how we try to improve population-level health.

This course is designed to provide you with the research, evaulation and analytical skills you need to understand and undertake a wide range of public health activities, in a national and international context.

Our modules set public health in an international context, so the course attracts students from all over the world.

Core modules

  • Epidemiology
  • Key Issues in Global Public Health
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal
  • Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
  • Dissertation (for Masters course)

Optional modules

Masters students also choose four modules from a range including:

  • Health Promotion
  • Leading and Managing Health Services
  • Communicable Disease
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Health Care Financing & Economic Evaluation
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers
  • Social Determinants of Health Inequalities
  • Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal Techniques
  • Promoting Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Contemporary Health Psychology and Behaviour Change


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study


  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

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ScHARR postgraduate student

I love the University and Sheffield as a city. I did my undergraduate degree here and didn’t want to leave. Whilst what I learned was related to public health such as disease outbreak management, the problem solving skills can be applied to other areas in the future.

Harriet Fidler, postgraduate student in School of Health and Related Research

Key facts

This course is also available at diploma and certificate levels.

Course duration

  • MPH: 1 year full-time/2-3 years part-time
  • Diploma: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
  • Certificate: 6 months full-time/1-2 years part-time

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree, or a recognised medical degree or significant experience in public health.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

We can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to understand and improve health services: analytical skills, critical thinking and in-depth knowledge of your discipline. We offer postgraduate courses for health and social care professionals, managers and anyone planning a career in health services research.

Our graduates work in public health, the private sector, health services management, and health and social care, all over the world. They also go on to further public health training or academic research.

Study options to suit you

Our postgraduate degrees are available full-time or part-time. Most courses gives you the option to take the full masters, the diploma or the certificate.

About us

We employ around 325 staff and attract £6 million per year in external support. All our teaching staff are active researchers. They include members of Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Public Health. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us fourth in the UK for research power.

We have experts in health economics, public health sciences, the sociology of health, health psychology, decision analysis, management sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics and information science. Our courses attract students from all over the world.


You'll have 24/7 access to library and computing facilities. We provide specialist information and library services in our information resources section.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Teaching Support Unit
T: +44 (0)114 222 5454