Master of Public Health (Management and Leadership) (MPH/Diploma/Certificate)

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Key Information

Programme Starts
  • September 2017
  • Intro Week: 18-23 September
  • Teaching starts: 25 September
Modes and duration
  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2-3 years
  • Part-time mode of study available for Masters only.

  • UK/EU: £8,000 (FT)
  • Overseas: £19,500 (FT)
Entry requirements
English language requirements
  • IELTS minimum of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

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About the course


Image via assetbankSuitable for both UK and overseas applicants, this Master of Public Health (Management and Leadership) programme will provide you with a firm grounding in the fundamental principles and application of public health and management and leadership as applied within health and social care services. The core of management science is coupled with options from the MPH programme, enabling you to study relevant public health topics and gain skills and knowledge in research appraisal.

The MPH (M&L) is ideally suited to clinical and non-clinical professionals who aspire to be leaders in their health care organisations and systems, either in the UK or in their own country. It will help clinicians understand the world of the manager and managers the world of the clinician. A major strength of this programme is its combination of public health, management, health services research and health economics. This is a combination not available from an MBA or a pure MPH or MSc programme. Furthermore, you will study alongside other students in the School taking our MPH programmes. Currently we have more than 100 students on these courses, of whom half come from overseas countries.

Professor Liddy Goyder (Public Health Strategic Lead for Academic Studies) talks below about our School's Public Health programmes...

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Course philosophy

MPH Photo - courtesy of Pierre Holtz for UNICEF under Creative CommonsThe MPH (M&L) programme has been designed to provide progression from the fundamentals to more advanced topics. The course introduces students to important aspects of gathering and appraising evidence through research and needs assessment, as well as financing and economic concepts. In addition, students take more specific modules relating to leading and managing health systems, as well as policy and practice aspects in an international context. Students also have the choice from a range of options and also undertaken a dissertation which provides an opportunity for you to apply your learning to an area of personal interest.

Learning outcomes

The MPH (M&L) aims to provide students with in depth understanding of issues in the management and government of public health, and apply this to the specific challenges in delivery, planning and management of health services in their national context. The learning outcomes are:

  • Thorough understanding of management and organisational theory and its application to the health sector
  • Insight into the global drivers of reform in health systems and their potential impacts on future public health policy directions in both developed and developing nations.
  • Systematic understanding of the challenges for the management, governance and leadership of public health services in developed and developing countries
  • Comprehensive understanding of the management tools available to systematically assess external and internal organisational drivers of change and system performance
  • Critical awareness of how the research process may be applied in the study of health services management
How this course is taught

Full-time and part-time options

Member of staff teachingThis course can be studied full-time over a period of around 12 months, beginning and ending in late September each year. For UK and European students, the course can also be studied part-time for up to 3 years. Study is divided into 2 main semesters in the autumn and spring, each of which involves 12 weeks of attending lectures.

A range of teaching

We use a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and computer-based activities to ensure you gain high-quality, research-informed teaching. You will study alongside a group of students from the UK and other nationalities, providing a mix of experiences and backgrounds that will augment your learning experience. Several modules are also available to other university students, giving you further opportunities to meet other students from different backgrounds. All teaching takes place in high quality purpose-built accommodation in ScHARR or close-by on the University of Sheffield campus.

Masters, Diploma and Certificate options

All our public health courses can be studied at Masters level which requires students to have obtained 180 credits which includes a 45 credit dissertation. The courses are also available at Certificate (60 credit) and Diploma (120 credit) level without a dissertation. Some UK students even begin study with one or two modules and build-up their credits over time.


Masters course students also undertake a dissertation project over a whole academic year, with most activity on this occurring after the spring semester. Students choose their dissertation topic and methods, which include empirical primary data collection, systematic or narrative literature reviews, and secondary data analysis. We also offer more than 20 placement-based where students assist external partner organisations on real-world projects, in the UK and internationally.

Why study at ScHARR? Journals held in the ScHARR library

ScHARR is a rich academic environment and a key strength is that staff come from many different backgrounds. ScHARR is also an internationally recognised institution with expertise in many fields, which ensures students are provided with research-led teaching. Staff bring a range of practical and theoretical experiences and you will be taught by some of the world's leading scholars in these fields, and benefit from an environment in which teaching and research go hand-in-hand. On the MPH, we have epidemiologists, statisticians, sociologists, managers, evaluation experts, qualitative researchers, and those with extensive public health experience, as well as medicine, nursing and pharmacy backgrounds. These also reflect not just UK but global experiences, to ensure we deliver teaching that is suited to students from any background.

Course team

The core staff for this course are listed below:

In addition to these core staff members, the course draws on the expertise of a large number of other staff within the School. The module leaders can be found on the course structure section.

Online open days

The online open day will be informative and an opportunity for people who have already applied to ask questions. They are an opportunity for you to learn more about the course and how it will be taught.

Course structure

All modules account for 15 credits unless stated otherwise. You will be required to take 45 credits worth of optional modules.

Core modules

Code Title Led by Semester
HAR679* Dissertation (45 credits) Katie Powell Academic year (Sept-Sept)
HAR6041 Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation Julie Dickinson Autumn
HAR6030 Introduction to Research Methods Sarah Barnes Autumn
HAR6521 Promoting Evidence Based Healthcare Steve Goodacre Autumn
HAR687* Economic Evaluation & Healthcare Financing Clara Mukuria Spring
HAR682* Leading and Managing Health Services Janet Harris Spring
HAR697 Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems Amy Barnes Spring

Optional modules

* by a module code indicates special information for the module. Please mouse over the module code or visit the module page to find out the details.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

Your career Graduate

The relevance of management and governance in international public health has been recognised as one of the greatest challenges facing governments in developing and newly-democratised nations.

In developed countries, the challenges of running large health and social care services requires understanding of both public sector policy and strategic management, a combination that cannot be obtained from a business degree such as an MBA.

The MPH in Management and Leadership has been designed to provide its graduates with all the skills and knowledge they require to take up employment in the following sectors:

  • Health care and public health organisations in developed and developing countries
  • Governmental organisations
  • Voluntary organisations, NGOs and development agencies
  • Commercial health care or health service providers

The course is also suited to those wishing to undertake a research degree, or to take up a post in an academic setting.

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