MPH (Masters in Public Health) International Development

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

We produce graduates who can apply their expertise to real-world problems.

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

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

This course is taught in conjunction with the School of Health and Related Research

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 currently in Galapagos, Nepal and Tanzania, which provides hands-on experience of research.

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

Students doing fieldwork in kenya

Core modules

  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Key Issues in Global Public Health
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Dissertation with Placement
  • Professional Skills for Development
  • International Development Field Class

Examples of optional modules

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

Teaching and assessment

A mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.

Each module draws heavily on the latest research and the individual expertise of each of our academics.

Assessment methods include: essays, reflective writing, research reports, policy briefs and oral presentations.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: social sciences; arts and humanities; biosciences; dentistry; medicine; or public health.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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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.