Master of Public Health (Health Services Research)/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

This course teaches a range of techniques used to evaluate health services and public health interventions.

The course is a strong foundation for a research degree or an academic career in public health or health services research.

Specifically the course aims to:

  • provide the knowledge and skills required to apply high quality, methodologically sound and ethical health services research to a range of public health problems
  • enable students to review and critically appraise the methods and results of existing research, and understand the implications for policy and practice
  • develop practical solutions to protect and promote the public health in the context of academic or professional settings

Core modules

  • Key Issues in Global Public Health
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal
  • Epidemiology
  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Dissertation

Students choose three from a range including:

  • Health Needs Assessment, Planning & Evaluation
  • Health Promotion
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Health Care Financing & Economic Evaluation
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Promoting Evidence-based Health Care
  • Further Statistics for Health Service Researchers
  • Complex Evaluation Methods
  • Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal Techniques


  • 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 relevant professional qualification and experience.

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.

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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