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PG Certificate
PG Diploma

Public Health

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

Develop the research, evaluation and analytical skills you need to understand and undertake a wide range of public health activities, in national and international contexts.
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Course description

This course covers the broad range of knowledge and skills required for public health practice around the world. You’ll explore how public health principles apply to professional practice and how research processes apply to public health. Your understanding of public health approaches will be increased, as will your knowledge of health service organisations, management and economics.

The course welcomes students from a wide range of educational backgrounds.


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

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Accredited by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation


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

Optional modules

Choices include:

  • Health Promotion
  • Leading and Managing Health Services
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Health Care Financing and Economic Evaluation
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal Techniques
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Contemporary Health Psychology and Behaviour Change
  • Confronting Public Health Problems
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis


Lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent study.


You’re assessed on coursework, examinations and a dissertation.



  • 1 year full-time

I love the University and Sheffield as a city. I did my undergraduate degree here and didn’t want to leave. Whilst what I learnt 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
Master of Public Health

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students


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

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+44 114 222 5454

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