Master in Public Health (MPH) – find out more

This online chat event is designed to give prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer-holders information about the Public Health (MPH) course. This course is designed to provide academic training to professionals currently working in, or who wish to work in, the public health field. Students attend compulsory modules then choose from a wide range of approved modules.

The MPH programme can be studied either full-time, part-time or over up to five years by flexible learning. Overseas students may only study the MPH full-time. Teaching takes place in one-week blocks.

Dr Derek Ward (Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health) will be available from 12:00-14:00 to answer any questions you might have about the programme.

A number of our postgraduate mentors have studied in the Institute of Applied Health Research. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to work in the School.

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    Derek is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health. (Live Q&A 12:00-14:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Master in Public Health (MPH) – find out more live event.
Arwa Gamil asked:

How can this course integrate with a GP in the clinical act? And Carrie wise?

Derek Ward replied:

Thanks for your enquiry, and please accept my apologies for not replying sooner.

Our programme is taught in week long intensive blocks – for someone taking the full time option, this equates to 11-13 weeks of teaching in the university, depending on the modules chosen. This can be challenging to fit around a clinical career, but we do offer part-time and flexible options as well.

Duka msando from Tanzania asked:

Hii Dr. Please can you inform me about intake time for MPH course for 2020 and how about scholarship opportunity??

Derek Ward replied:

Thanks for your enquiry, and please accept my apologies for not replying sooner.

Our programme follows the normal academic year in the UK, starting in late September, with students completing their studies by handing in their dissertation project the following September. For applicants requiring visas, the deadline for applications is normally early summer at the very latest – earlier is better.

You can search for scholarship opportunities on the University website via the fees and funding tab on the programme page here
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/med/public-health.aspx

Arwa Gamil asked:

Do you know how far this course is demanded in middle east

Derek Ward replied:

Thanks for your enquiry, and please accept my apologies for not replying sooner.

The MPH qualification is internationally recognised, and this includes the degree from the University of Birmingham. In many countries, an MPH is required to progress in public health or related research fields, but even where it is not, it is an excellent way to demonstrate a high level of understanding and engagement with the topic.

Emma asked:

Hello, sorry if this has been asked already but could you tell me a bit more about the flexible option to attend this masters please?

Derek Ward replied:

Thanks for your enquiry, and please accept my apologies for not replying sooner.

With the flexible option you can take as many (or as few) modules as you like in a given academic year, up to the total taught credit maximum of 120 credits, and spread these out over any period up to 5 years. You choose and register for modules at the start of each academic year and the fees are staged to reflect the number of credits taken that year. All students need to take their dissertation project module in their final year – but you choose when this is.

Derek Ward asked:

How long does a course for MPH takes for full-time students

Derek Ward replied:

Thanks for your enquiry, and please accept my apologies for not replying sooner.

The course lasts a full year (almost 12 months) from the university welcome week in late September through until your dissertation project is submitted in the first week of September in the following year.  The taught components continue until the summer exam period in May, after which we expect students to be working on their dissertation project and writing up.