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Master of Public Health

Master Programme

Master of Public Health

Part Time

The Department of Public Health, at the University of Liverpool, is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. This degree is one of the only online MPH programmes in the UK which is fully accredited by APHEA (Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation).


To prepare students with the expertise and knowledge needed to address constantly changing public health concerns, this MPH degree takes on a global and multidisciplinary approach to provide you with an insight into public health best practices.


The curriculum will offer a solid foundation on key topics within the public health realm and how the principles and practice can be achieved within a global context including global health promotion, health inequalities, management and leadership, and methodologies from an ethical, social, and economic standpoint.


You will be driven to critically appraise the complexities of current health and social systems from various perspectives and evaluate options for strategy development and programme interventions, through which you will apply knowledge to real-world scenarios and chart the unexplored territories.


Upon completion, you will have developed key public health skills through enhanced learning and varied assessment activities on which you can immediately reflect in your current roles. You will be able to progress your career in related areas, apply the knowledge and skills you have gained into effect in a variety of settings including research, practice, and policy. You will also be eligible for senior roles in public health research and practice across various sectors, such as health organisations, governmental organisations, charities, and NGOs.


This programme is also available as a postgraduate certificate and a postgraduate diploma.


Other online master's programmes are also available: 

Programme excellence

  • Seal of confidence: The university has delivered worldclass MPH programmes for more than thirty years and this is one of the only online MPH programmes in the UK with full accreditation from APHEA
  • Provide 2 specialist pathways: Elect to study a choice of specialist modules to fit your specific needs and develop specific expertise that enables you to pursue specialist pathways in Management of Health Systems and International Public Health
  • Apply appropriate epidemiological and qualitative research methods to public health problems
  • Learn to analyse the range of different leadership and management styles in relation to the complexity of health systems and public health challenges
  • Global connection: After graduation, you will immediately join a global community of more than 258,000 alumni and establish lifelong networks

Course Structure

Course Structure

This programme consists of the following modules. In order to achieve the full accreditation, you are required to complete 180 credits.


Modules General route Global Mental Health route International Public Health route Management of Health Systems route
 Practising and Promoting Public Health in a Global Context (15 credits)  * * * *
 Generating and Evaluating Public Health Evidence (20 credits) * * * *
 Integrated Research in Public Health: Epidemiology and Qualitative Methods (20 credits) * * * *
 Leading and Managing Health Systems (10 credits) * * * *
 Monitoring and Evaluation of Systems and Programmes (10 credits) * * * *
 Global Mental Health: Practice & Research (10 credits)   *    
 Global Mental Health: Contemporary issues (10 credits) Choose 2 * Choose 1 Choose 1
 Health Protection: Preventing and Managing Communicable Diseases (10 credits)  
 Managing Crises and Disasters (10 credits)  
 Programme and Policy Challenges in Low Income Countries (10 credits)   *  
 Health, Economics and Governance (10 credits)     *
 Applied Epidemiological Research for Public Health (15 credits) Choose 1 Choose 1 Choose 1 Choose 1
 Applied Qualitative Research for Public Health (15 credits)
 Health Inequalities: Integrating Public Health Practice (10 credits) * * * *
 Dissertation (60 credits)* * * * *

*Please note that for students taking one of the specialist pathways your dissertation will need to be on a topic that matches your pathway.


Duration: 30 months^

Programme Start: 1 Feb 2024


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^The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

Learning and assessments

Teaching methods

You will take part in an innovative online learning environment, which includes a range of interesting and thought-provoking exercises. Core information is developed by subject-leading experts in the field and closely aligned with both industry and academic best practice, underpinned by rigorous theoretical and practical topics, examples and cases. Throughout your study journey, you will learn through interactive individual activities, case studies, group tasks and discussion boards; these will be primarily asynchronous, but opportunities for synchronous interaction will be provided.


Assessment method

Assessment is by coursework only – no examinations required. Instead, a diverse range of assessments are used throughout the programme designed to mirror circumstances that students may experience within a professional context. This ensures you will be provided with a range of opportunities to show evidence of your learning.

Virtual learning environment (VLE)

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is at the centre of your online study experience. It is the platform where you can find your study timetable, view interactive lecturecasts, exchange knowledge with others in discussion forums, access resources and e-library, and submit your assignments. You can learn on demand, study at any time, on any device, from anywhere with an internet connection. There is a study skills hub to help you improve and maintain your academic skills, from planning your assignments, understanding academic integrity, and referencing, to using the online library and improving your time management.

Entry Requirement

  • A master’s or bachelor’s in medicine, equivalent to a UK degree, coupled with at least one year experience in a public health related field; or  
  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in a public health related discipline, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years professional experience in a public health related field; or
  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in a non-public health related discipline, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years of professional experience in a public health related field.


Applicants should also have:


A minimum GCSE grade C or equivalent in English language and mathematics.


All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 (overall) and 7.0 (reading and writing).


If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

Fees and Funding

Fee and Funding


This fee^ is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits. 


Full payment discount

If you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront, you will receive a 5% discount.


Regional Scholarship
A Regional Scholarship of 5% is available for students based in Hong Kong for the 2023/24 academic year.


10% discount for Kaplan HK Alumni

If you have completed a course in Kaplan Hong Kong campus, you are eligible to enjoy a 10% discount. (This offer is valid for 2021/22 academic year only)


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^All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. Programme fees are reviewed annually. We reserve the right to increase programme fees in line with the RPI-X index.


As one of Europe’s leading provider of advanced programmes and part of its global vision to offer world-class higher education online, the University of Liverpool is the premium choice that brings to the forefront a wealth of flexible career-focused postgraduate programmes tailored for working professionals around the globe.


Solid and sustainable partnership
Offering online programmes since 2000, the University of Liverpool has forged a robust partnership with Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced provider in online higher education learning with a track record of success, to host postgraduate degree programmes. With this venture, the University and Kaplan are dedicated to offering the highest quality programmes and maintaining quality assurance through which students worldwide will benefit from the flexibility of online delivery.


A member of the Russell Group
Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a member of the elite Russell Group of research-led universities in the UK and has been ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide. The broad range of online programmes on offer spans across professional disciplines from Management, Business, Computing, Psychology and Health, all with an international edge.


All-embracing support
Teaching is delivered through a state-of-the-art learning platform, allowing students full access to all resources, interactive study materials and a comprehensive eLibrary 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Students will also benefit from holistic academic support throughout the entire course from student advisers and subject tutors.


The original redbrick
All online degrees are awarded by the University of Liverpool with the same validity and credibility as an equivalent degree awarded to campus-students. Upon completion, online students will be invited to receive their degrees in a graduation ceremony at the University of Liverpool campus in the North West of England, and will join a global network of more than 219,000 alumni.