2020 start

International Development (Masters in Public Health)

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

We produce graduates who can apply their expertise to real-world problems.
Student participating in fieldwork in a laboratory in the Galapagos

Course description

You’ll develop an understanding of the interventions necessary to improve the health of communities in the Global South. 

By exploring contemporary theory, policy and practice in public health and international development, you’ll gain the skills to tackle these challenges working in a public health and development role. There’s an emphasis on applying theory to the everyday complexities of health and development.

The course includes a 10-day field class, which provides hands-on experience of research. Recent destinations have included the Galapagos, Nepal and Tanzania.

The cost of the compulsory field class is included in your tuition fees.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Core modules

  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Key Issues in Global Public Health
  • Dissertation with Placement
  • Professional Skills for Development
  • International Development Field Class (cost included in your tuition fees)

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Living with Climate Change in the Global South
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of ‘the South’: Planning for Informality


There are seminars, lectures, workshops, reading groups. You also do some fieldwork.


You’re assessed on coursework assignments, project work and a dissertation.


  • 1 year full-time

My course has given me a fantastic opportunity to broaden my horizons beyond my medical background. The international development side has provided the opportunity for travel to both Kenya and Ghana and given me the flexibility to focus on my own interests. The course attracts a strong mix of international students and it’s allowed me to make some great friends from all around the globe.

Katherine Cobb
MPH International Development

Entry requirements

You'll need a good 2:1 or first-class honours degree in an area of the social sciences or medicine.

Intercalating medical students must have successfully completed at least the equivalent of three years of an undergraduate medical degree and provide at least one satisfactory academic reference.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.