Introduction

Our fully online Master of Public Health (MPH) provides a flexible programme that can be individually tailored to meet your needs across a wide range of core and elective courses to support the professional development of a broad range of public health related careers and/or the pursuit of a postgraduate academic career.

MPH is also available to study full-time on campus.

This programme is studied fully online.

Our MPH programme is delivered fully online providing you with a flexible learning solution that allows you to fit your studies around your career and personal life. The MPH online covers the key topics required for professional accreditation in public health that are relevant to both international and UK students.

Our MPH online is taught by experienced tutors from a broad range of disciplines including epidemiology, statistics, qualitative research, public health, health informatics, health economics, nutrition and clinical trials. Tutors include both renowned academics and expert practitioners. Online learning is enriched by interaction with other students from varied clinical, non-clinical, professional and cultural backgrounds.

Our MPH online offers a substantial range of elective options to allow you to tailor your learning to your needs and includes a flexible project component enabling you to gain experience oriented towards either the development of a professional career in public health practice or the pursuit of an academic career.

Public health is a very broad area of activity and we welcome student applications from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Although some previous exposure to the broader aspects of health is required, undertaking this MPH online does not require any particular clinical or specialist knowledge. Students from a broad range of backgrounds have successfully completed our MPH programme. These have included: medical students, nurses, political scientists, policy makers, healthcare managers, physicians, surgeons, dentists, psychologists, microbiologists, nutritionists, social workers, health educationalists, biologists, pharmacologists, biomedical scientists and engineers.

The MPH online programme is available on a part-time study basis with completion over two years.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MPH
Duration
24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September

What You'll Study

The MPH online is delivered part-time over two years, with 3 semesters in each year (a total of 6 semesters overall). In the final sixth semester, students undertake a compulsory Public Health Research Project.

In year one students complete four compulsory courses and one elective course. In year two students complete one compulsory course and four elective courses. The individual courses each carry 15 academic credits and the work-based Public Health Portfolio and Public Health Research Project carry 30 credits each. This equates to 90 credits each year and an overall total of 180 credits for the successful completion of the MPH online.

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Semester 1

Semester 1

In the first semester students undertake three compulsory courses.

Compulsory Courses

Fundamentals of Research Design (PU5027) - 15 Credit Points

This course is an introduction to the skills and information needed to appraise and undertake health-related research. This course provides a foundation for further learning in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Within this course you will develop the skills necessary for the planning, conducting and dissemination stages of health-related research. Topics covered include: - Developing a Research Question, Research Design; Methods of Data Collection; Approaches to Analysing Data; Dissemination of Research findings and Writing a Research Proposal.

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Introduction to Online Learning (PU5028)

This course is an introduction to the MyAberdeen platform which is used to deliver all online courses, to the university’s code of conduct for staff and students, and to make students aware of the support and help available to them during their studies. It is a zero credit but compulsory course for any student undertaking any online courses or programmes within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) at the University of Aberdeen.

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Public Health in Action (PU5041) - 15 Credit Points

Public health is the art and science of improving health through the organised efforts of society. This course provides an introduction to a population-based perspective on health, illness and disease. The course illustrates the practical application of numerical ways of thinking about the health of a population. The course covers the three major public health domains of healthcare evaluation, health protection and health promotion.

This course aims to support students in developing a critical understanding of the breadth of public health approaches to protecting, promoting, monitoring and improving health among a population as a whole.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

In the second semester, online students undertake one compulsory course and select one elective course from a choice of four options.

Compulsory Courses

Applied Statistics (PU5522) - 15 Credit Points

Applied statistics introduces students to statistical concepts involved in the appropriate design, analysis and interpretation of research in health settings, covering aspects of data types and presentation of data; probability; samples, distributions, statistical inference; hypothesis testing; univariate parametric and non-parametric methods and correlation with an introduction to regression.

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Optional Courses

Epidemiology (PU5538) - 15 Credit Points

This course in applied epidemiology gives an introduction to disease measurement at a population level, basic epidemiological study design and analysis, and provides an understanding of key methodological issues needed to apply when designing – or critically appraising – an epidemiological study.

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Health Informatics (PU5532) - 15 Credit Points

We live in a time of ‘Big Data’ with the rapid growth in the digital capture of health information. Health Informatics is the science of data capture, linkage and analysis of large datasets to improve health. The demand for health researchers with training and experience in health informatics is high. For people practicing in Public Health, it is a key skill. It will equip students for any career in health research or public health practice and this course is an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to develop a specialist interest in the field.

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Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages (PU5543) - 15 Credit Points

This course will provide a detailed knowledge of the relationships between diet, human development, health, and disease. Topics covered include diet and nutrition across the life course, integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways e.g. starvation, exercise, and the role of diet in the development of diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. During the course you will also develop the skills required to select and critically appraise scientific evidence.

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Designing Real - World Trials (PU5038) - 15 Credit Points

Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) are used to test the effectiveness of interventions. The aim of this course is to take a student through the process of designing RCTs. The course will focus on RCTs in the evaluation of real world healthcare and public health settings.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

In the third semester, online students undertake one compulsory course.

Compulsory Courses

Work Placement in Applied Health Sciences (PU5915) - 30 Credit Points

This course must be taken in conjunction with the research project in applied health sciences and offers the students the opportunity to extend the project length from 15 weeks to 22 weeks. This additional time is to allow student to undertake a more extensive project in order to develop additional research skills. By taking this combination of courses makes this one of the most extensive research projects to be undertaken in a taught masters.

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Semester 4

Semester 4

In the fourth semester, online students select 2 elective courses from a choice of three options.

Optional Courses

Evidence - Based Health (PU5031) - 15 Credit Points

This course is taken by students registered for the PGCert in Research Methods for Health and the MPH. It is delivered online and provides interaction with fellow students and faculty both synchronously and asynchronously. Everyone taking part must be registered for the course and complete all assessments.

This course aims to enable the fundamental understanding and application of evidence based health at an individual- and population-level, focusing on the use of systematic reviews to synthesise evidence as well as methods to translate and implement evidence to inform health practice and policy.

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Qualitative Health Research (PU5039) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides a sound introduction to qualitative health research. You will consider the relevance and value of qualitative methodologies which respond to current health agendas. The course introduces planning to conduct relevant research and a range of methods to generate, handle and analyse qualitative data. You will gain insight into issues of rigour, quality and ethics, and understand the importance of engaging with relevant audiences.

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Introduction to Global Health (PU5033)

The course introduces students to the field of global health and develops skills to critically appraise organisations, actors, debates and data. Teaching material will cover: key definitions and terminology; institutions, practitioners and scholars in global health; and key drivers and challenges in the global health field. Students will learn about established and emerging topics, how these intersect with broader social, economic and political factors, and how research can make credible contributions in this context.

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Semester 5

Semester 5

In the fifth semester, online students select 2 elective courses from a choice of four options (excluding the elective course they took in the second semester).

Optional Courses

Epidemiology (PU5538) - 15 Credit Points

This course in applied epidemiology gives an introduction to disease measurement at a population level, basic epidemiological study design and analysis, and provides an understanding of key methodological issues needed to apply when designing – or critically appraising – an epidemiological study.

View detailed information about this course

Health Informatics (PU5532) - 15 Credit Points

We live in a time of ‘Big Data’ with the rapid growth in the digital capture of health information. Health Informatics is the science of data capture, linkage and analysis of large datasets to improve health. The demand for health researchers with training and experience in health informatics is high. For people practicing in Public Health, it is a key skill. It will equip students for any career in health research or public health practice and this course is an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to develop a specialist interest in the field.

View detailed information about this course

Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages (PU5543) - 15 Credit Points

This course will provide a detailed knowledge of the relationships between diet, human development, health, and disease. Topics covered include diet and nutrition across the life course, integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways e.g. starvation, exercise, and the role of diet in the development of diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. During the course you will also develop the skills required to select and critically appraise scientific evidence.

View detailed information about this course

Designing Real - World Trials (PU5038) - 15 Credit Points

Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) are used to test the effectiveness of interventions. The aim of this course is to take a student through the process of designing RCTs. The course will focus on RCTs in the evaluation of real world healthcare and public health settings.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 6

Semester 6

In the final sixth semester, students undertake a compulsory Public Health Research Project.

Compulsory Courses

Extended Research Project in Applied Health Sciences (PU5914) - 30 Credit Points

This course must be taken in conjunction with the research project in applied health sciences and offers the students the opportunity to extend the project length from 15 weeks to 22 weeks. This additional time is to allow student to undertake a more extensive project in order to develop additional research skills. By taking this combination of courses makes this one of the most extensive research projects to be undertaken in a taught masters.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Peer Learning
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

All assessments within the MPH online programme are completed and delivered fully online. Several types of assessment are used throughout the online MPH, including both formative and summative assessment, reflecting the specific type of material being studied. The methods of assessment include: multiple choice questions, short answer tests, numerical exercises, essays, reports, posters, oral presentations and peer review by other students.

Why Study Master of Public Health Online?

  • Fully online MPH programme providing a flexible comprehensive and flexible approach to fitting your studies around both a career and a personal life.
  • Experience a supportive online collegiate learning environment that offers interaction with both leading academic researchers and experienced public health practitioners.
  • MPH online applications welcomed from students with both traditional and non-traditional health-related backgrounds.
  • Tailor the programme to your needs by selecting from a broad range of elective courses that include the emerging public health domains of health informatics and life-course nutrition.
  • An online collaborative learning environment benefiting from digitally enhanced teaching methods.
  • MPH online provides an international perspective on health that is set within the traditional strengths of an ancient Scottish University within a Medical School which is ranked amongst the top 5 in the UK, (Guardian League Tables, 2019).
  • MPH online covers core public health topics from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Tutors will guide you in selecting elective courses to ensure your online MPH is aligned to your career aspirations. ·
  • Mobile access to MPH online virtual learning environment via the Blackboard Mobile Student App.
  • In the national assessment of research in 2014 the University of Aberdeen was ranked  first in Scotland for ‘impact’ in Public Health, Health Service Research and Primary Care.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants will usually possess a health-related Honours degree (at a 2:2 level or at least 60%) or be able to demonstrate evidence of equivalent experience in health care practice or research. Students from non-health backgrounds who have Honours degrees (as above) in science, social science or humanities subjects and who are interested in a public health related career will also be considered for the programme.

Please check the In My Country pages to find out if your degree is equivalent.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employers, or other professional individuals

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £775
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
Indicative Programme Fee £9,560
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2019/20 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 60 credits of study per year over 3 years.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

Completing the MPH at the University of Aberdeen will equip you with broad Public Health knowledge and essential research skills relevant for application in both academic and workplace practitioner environments, including:

  • Career in Public Health Sector: Pursue a career in world ranking academic research institutions for projects commissioned by coordinating authorities of health such as WHO, Ministries of Health and NGOs. You will be able do this by developing a critical awareness of the wide public health domains and demonstrating evidence based knowledge.
  • Influence Public Health policy: Influence public health policies through independent research with publication in peer reviewed journals; and contribute to translating research evidence to practice in professional and health authority settings.
  • Become an independent researcher: Identify research priorities and goals set by global and national health authorities. You will learn to address these priorities by understanding the key concepts of Public Health through taught courses and formulating research questions, developing appropriate research methodology, conducting research, analysing data and writing a report.
  • A pathway to a PhD and/or Public Health role: With its emphasis on a knowledge of relevant research disciplines, skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, critical thinking and scientific writing - an MPH is a common entry pathway to undertaking further research including a health-related PhD.

Industry Links

The University has excellent links with NHS Grampian which is responsible for providing health and social care to a population of just over 500,000 in the Northeast region of Scotland and employs around 17,000 staff.

Programme Overview

Dr Mike Crilly describes our flexible MPH programme that you can tailor to meet your own needs.

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Our Experts

Our MPH is delivered by experienced academic researchers and public health specialists from across various disciplines, professions and research methodologies.

Other Experts
Professor Corri Black
Dr Lucia D'Ambruoso
Dr Shona Fielding
Dr Kirsty Kiezebrink
Dr Gordon Prescott
Dr Zoë Skea
Kirsty McCormack
Peter Murchie
Katie Wilde
Dr Mairead Black
Dr Heather Morgan
Dr William Rees
Programme Coordinator
Dr Mike Crilly

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX