University of Derby

Master of Public Health

If you’re a public health worker, such as a community nurse, environmental health practitioner, health promotion officer, community health worker, or if you have a medical background, this course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a public health practitioner who can lead, develop, and evaluate public health projects in a multi-disciplinary environment.

This course is ideal if you’re working in public health and you wish to improve your skills and broaden your knowledge in ways that provide you with more autonomy and expertise in public health practice.

Global perspectives

You’ll study the underlying causes and mechanisms and potential public health intervention strategies aimed at reducing health inequalities. Elements of the course have a global perspective, so you’ll study global environmental and public health issues to gain an international perspective. The course is structured to allow knowledge transfer between home and overseas students, enabling you to benefit from best practice from all over the world.

If you’re an international student, you’ll be able to study topics that are directly relevant to your native country, as well as looking at UK-specific issues.

Experienced teaching team

Our teaching team are friendly, approachable, and include public health specialists, environmental health practitioners, biomedical scientists, and psychologists. They will provide you with a broad perspective on public health issues that is firmly based in practice through case studies.

This course is run in partnership with the public health team at Derby City Council. Public health specialists may mentor and support you throughout the course. Research opportunities with the public health team may be available.

Practical course

This is a practical course with a focus on case studies and practice in the community. Note that it does not provide readiness for the Faculty of Public Health examination (Part A).

Entry requirements

You'll need an undergraduate degree (lower second class or above) in a related subject or an equivalent qualification. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be considered - contact the course leader for details.

Course modules

The course is made up of three stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master of Public Health.

Stage One: Postgraduate Certificate (part-time and full-time)

You will undertake a compulsory induction and the following compulsory modules:

  • Essential Public Health

    Public health plays a key role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of populations; it is frequently delivered in multi-partnership environments by a variety of professionals, including environmental health practitioners, biomedical scientists, nurses, microbiologists, medics, and public health specialists. The module is designed to develop a critical understanding of the policies, interventions, legislation and strategies used to improve population health and the roles of those involved in public health practice.

  • Epidemiology and Statistics

    This module will cover the strengths and weaknesses of design, methods and analysis required for public health research. It will also familiarise you with a range of analyses, both qualitative and quantitative applicable to research in public health.

You’ll then choose one of the following modules:

  • Health Promotion and Behaviour Change
    The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of a range of factors that may influence health behaviour and behaviour change.

  • Health Leadership, Assessment and Inequalities
    You’ll look at health inequalities, public health leadership and methods used for measuring, analysing and interpreting health and wellbeing, needs and outcomes.

  • Health Economics and Health Information
    This module will consider how information about the health and wellbeing of a population is obtained, presented, and evaluated. It will explore how the data can be used in health service planning and evaluation, look at the role of economic evaluation and priority setting in health care decision-making and examine the different approaches to the assessment of health care needs and the evaluation of health and health care.

  • Global Issues in Environmental and Public Health
    This module considers environmental and public health issues in a global context. You’ll gain an understanding of assessing the health needs of a population, prioritisation and allocation of resources to reduce inequalities and improve health and wellbeing.

  • Health Protection and Intervention Strategies
    During this module, you will develop an appreciation of the natural and human-made hazards that are present in the environment. You’ll take a risk-based approach to the prioritisation and allocation of resources for interventions that can reduce or mitigate the impact on public health. You’ll develop the skills needed to assess the effectiveness of surveillance and other health protection intervention strategies.

Stage two: Postgraduate Diploma (part-time)

You’ll also study a further three modules from the following:

  • Health Leadership, Assessment and Inequalities
  • Health Promotion and Behaviour Change
  • Health Protection and Intervention Strategies
  • Health Economics and Health Information
  • Global Issues in Environmental and Public Health

Stage three: Master of Public Health (part-time and full-time)

You will study also this module:

  • Independent Scholarship
    Using the knowledge and understanding gained from the taught modules, you’ll apply this to a specific research-based investigation. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply your initiative, creative thinking, and organisational skills to a specific topic. You will devise a research proposal and then undertake the project.

Assessment methods

There will be lectures, seminars, and tutorials, using practice and research-based approaches. In addition, technology-based support, instruction, and assessment will be integral to the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPH Full-time September 2018 - 1 Years
MPH Part-time September 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus Derby DE22 1GB East Midlands

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