Increasing inequalities continue to challenge quality of life and life expectancy improvements across the world. An ageing population, increased chronic disease burden, migration, environmental damage and climate change continue to highlight the need for an international workforce to take forward the public health agenda.
Join a university aligned to the global public health research agenda. Learn from our experienced teaching team working with researchers, graduates and external public health employers as part of an international force for the common good. Glasgow Caledonian University's Master of Public Health aims to prevent disease, promote health, and protect the health and well-being of the public through education, research and public health practice and service.
Study in Glasgow and London; on campus or remotely, you will realise the following key learning outcomes:
- Gain an understanding of health inequalities and the social determinants of health
- Awareness of data and ability to assess the population's health and well-being
- Evaluate the effectiveness of public health interventions, programmes and services
- Understand how to develop and implement public health policy and strategy
- Gain an understanding of health protection and public health intelligence
- Understand the key role of health economics in public health
- Have the ability to interpret statistical methods to make appropriate recommendations
- Propose evidence based interventions to address health inequalities using a social action approach
The programme is flexible to your career needs and provides four exit awards:
- Master of Public Health
- Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
- Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health with Social Action
- Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
Graduate employability is enhanced by external guest lectures and industry-led programme design which has been mapped to the Faculty of Public Health Core competency levels throughout.
The Master of Public Health has been designed and mapped against the Faculty of Public Health competencies, preparing you for your future career with this globally recognised named exit award.
- Advanced Research Methods
- The Principles and Theory of Public Health Practice
- Epidemiology: Principles, Application and Evaluation in Practice
- Social Action Approaches in Public Health
- Health Economics
- Applied Statistics and Data Analysis for Public Health
- Master Dissertation
Option modules: One module from the following list will run each year based on the cohort preference
- Navigating the Policy Context
- Infection Prevention and Control in a Global Context
- Evidence Based Public Health
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
"The course content aligns closely with the nine public health key competencies used by the UK Faculty of Public Health (www.fph.org). This gives you a head start in demonstrating that you are able and ready to be employed as a public health practitioner. These competencies are recognised worldwide and are a solid framework for thinking about what skills and expertise you need in order to deliver in the field of public health."Professor Antony Morgan,
Fellow of the UK's Faculty of Public Health, Dean of GCU London.
|Award||Mode of study||Duration||Start date||Location|
|MPH||Full Time||16 Months||18 Jan 2021||GCU London||Enquire Apply|
|MPH||Part Time||3 Years||18 Jan 2021||GCU London||Enquire Apply|
|MPH||Full Time||1 Year||29 Sep 2020||GCU London||Enquire Apply|
|MPH||Part Time||3 Years||29 Sep 2020||GCU London||Enquire Apply|
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Typical Entry Requirements
UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in a relevant subject such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health professions, microbiology or chemistry. If you can demonstrate experience or previous learning you will also be considered by submitting a Recognition of Prior Learning Application.
Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
Join GCU in September 2020
We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.
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Tuition fees 2020/21
Home (including Scotland and Europe): £8,700
International (outside Europe): £13,500
Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees
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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.
Advanced Research Methods
This module has been designed to develop your knowledge of the evaluation of literature, research design and data interpretation. You will be able to discriminate between different research methodologies to determine the most suitable answer to practice-based questions you would be likely to face in a real world setting.
The Principles and Theory of Public Health Practice
You will examine the principles of health needs assessment, the importance of public health policies, the factors which influence the formulation of public health policies, the wider public health workforce and the ways in which leadership can influence the success of public health interventions.
Epidemiology: Principles, Application and Evaluation in Practice
You will develop and enhance your understanding of epidemiological approaches and their application to public health practice. The module aims to develop a practical understanding of how the techniques used to undertake epidemiological studies can be applied to gather and interpret information which can support the planning and implementation of new public health initiatives and evaluate existing activities.
Social Action Approaches in Public Health
Guided by the Social Determinants approach to health, this module aims to encourage and enable you to enhance your knowledge and understanding on how community development approaches aim to support communities to address health inequalities, while providing you with the skills to be able to critically analyse and evaluate the relationship between public health theory and its application to social action.
This module is designed to provide students with the analytical tools to understand, from an economic perspective: the nature of health care systems internationally; techniques to assess specific health intervention programmes; and frameworks for evaluating actions on determinants of health and wellbeing.
Applied Statistics and Data Analysis for Public Health
This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in interpreting statistical information, designing a statistical data analysis plan and executing appropriate statistical data analysis. You will be supported to demonstrate statistical data entry skills and the ability to plan and conduct data analyses to answer relevant public health related questions using appropriate statistical software.
In undertaking this project you will engage in independent self-directed learning using established techniques of research inquiry to explore a topic in an area of professional practice relevant to you. The Dissertation can be completed by undertaking an 'Empirical study' or a 'Structured Literature Review'.
Option modules: One module from the following list will run each year based on the cohort preference
Navigating the Policy Context
You will develop a critical awareness of contemporary public health policies and explore the evidence used to underpin these. The module will enable you to critically evaluate current policy and formulate an evidence based action plan for addressing a public health issue.
Infection Prevention and Control in a Global Context
You will be encouraged to engage with underpinning knowledge from the disciplines of epidemiology, microbiology, infection prevention, health protection and public health. You will explore the contemporary issues, current successes and need for action at local, national and global levels to prevent, treat and control infections worldwide.
Evidence Based Public Health
This will include an overview of the sources and methods used to generate evidence for use within public health practice, and how this is synthesised and applied. You will be encouraged to use tools and frameworks for critical appraisal of public health interventions and to critically analyse and evaluate monitoring and evaluation strategies used for public health initiatives.
Modules are delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, directed and self-directed study.
At GCU assessment methods are designed to ensure your learning goes beyond the theory of public health and using real life data and examples, from past and current research students, helps you demonstrate the acquisition of applied and contextualised knowledge.
Through the development of a mixed assessment style, including essays and statistical reporting, you are enabled to showcase your understanding of the public health environment and the key competencies required by those working in the industry around the world.