Public Health (Management and Leadership)


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Suitable 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.

About the course

Key information
Programme starts September 2019
  • Intro week: 23-28 September
  • Teaching starts: 30 September
Modes and duration
  • Taught face-to-face
  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2 years
  • Check the current programme fee on our fee calculator.
  • Fees are charged pro-rata for the postgraduate diploma and postgraduate certificate.
    Part-time programme fees are normally the equivalent of the full-time fee, split over the first two years of study. A charge may be made for inflation in the second year. Contact us for more details.
Entry requirements
  • 2:1 honours degree, or a medical degree, or significant experience in public health
    Intercalating medical students are welcome to apply
  • English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component or equivalent
Taking modules via the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) route
  • It is possible to complete standalone MPH M&L modules via our Continuing Professional Development programme (please check individual module web pages for CPD availability), and then apply to transfer to one of our MPH M&L qualifications. Any time spent on the CPD route counts toward the time-limit a student has to complete their chosen qualification. Please contact the CPD administrator ( for further information.
Disabled applicants

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.

The learning outcomes of this course 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

The module information given here is for the full time Masters programme

Core modules - compulsory

Code Title Semester Credits
HAR679 Dissertation Academic year (Sept-Sept) 45
HAR6041 Health Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation Semester One (Autumn) 15
HAR6030 Introduction to Research Methods Semester One (Autumn) 15
HAR6064 Knowledge Mobilisation in Healthcare Semester One (Autumn) 15

Economic Evaluation & Healthcare Financing

No more than 50 students will be able to enrol for this module

Semester Two (Spring) 15
HAR682 Leading and Managing Health Services Semester Two (Spring) 15
HAR697 Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems Semester Two (Spring) 15

Optional modules - choose a total of 45 credits

Code Title Semester Credits
HAR619 Epidemiology Semester One (Autumn) 15
CBE6195 Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork (online) Semester One (Autumn) 15
HAR675 Key Issues in Global Public Health Semester One (Autumn) 15
HAR6035 Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal Semester One (Autumn) 15
HAR686 Disaster and Emergency Management Semester One (Autumn) 15
HAR685 Communicable Disease Control Semester Two (Spring) 15
HAR6021 Health Promotion Semester Two (Spring) 15
HAR655 Public Health Informatics Semester Two (Spring) 15
MGT650 Managing People in Organisations Semester Two (Spring) 15
HAR6501 Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal Techniques Semester Two (Spring) 15

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 number

How this course is taught

Full-time and part-time optionsRobert Akparibo And Class

This 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.

Course team

The core staff for this course are listed below:

  • Course Director: Robert Akparibo
  • External Examiner: Dr Richard Giordano, University of Southampton

Current students can contact the course administrator at

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.

Career opportunities


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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