Institute of Health

Public Health

MPH Part-time 2 years, Part-time Distance Learning 2 years, Full-time 12 months

The Master of Public Health award (MPH) is an internationally recognised qualification in Public Health.

The Master of Public Health award (MPH) is an internationally recognised qualification in Public Health.

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  • Start Date(s) 18 January 2021, 1 October 2021, 20 September 2021, 17 January 2022
  • Award MPH
  • Study Mode Part-time, Part-time Distance Learning, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years), Part-time Distance Learning (2 years), Full-time (12 months)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, Distance Learning
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

The Master of Public Health award (MPH) is an internationally recognised qualification in Public Health. It is aimed at a wide range of people from both the UK and abroad, from NHS and non-NHS backgrounds including those in primary or secondary care, health authorities and primary care trusts, nursing and professions related to medicine, health promotion, health care research, health management and anyone wishing to develop a career in public health.

Distance Learning

Due to a global, national and local focus on public health developments, the Master of Public Health award has increased in popularity over the last few years. The distance learning route allows overseas students to undertake a University of Wolverhampton degree from their own country. The course is also suitable for those unable to travel into University for on-campus courses whether this is due to child-care difficulties, travel issues or general lack of time to enter traditional modules of study.  

WLVGlobal features uploading and downloading of module materials such as guides, regulations, reading and research sources/links as well as virtual classrooms whereby students and module leaders can hold discussions to learn collaboratively.  


What happens on the course?

You will take six 20 credit core modules and the dissertation. The full-time route can be completed over one year, part-time can be completed within two years and by distance learning can be completed between 15 months and two years.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Career choices encompass many disciplines including roles in public health, health promotion, health statistics, epidemiology, clinical governance, health care research, health technology assessment and public health nursing, where you will find that a Masters-level qualification is increasingly required.

Many of our home students have gone on to work within public health departments in the UK and other related areas of health. International students have developed their careers in public health within their own countries of origin. Students have also gone on to work with the WHO, the UN and other international organizations.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The MPH has been delivered for over a decade at the University and recruits around 60 students per year over two intakes. The success rate is high, mainly attributable to the personal tutor support that is provided to students throughout the taught elements of the award and during research supervision. Students are also supported when they have completed the course through regular email updates, opportunities and reference support for job applications.  

If you are an International student, our dedicated International Centre staff will support you with the application process and any Visa issues you may have before entry onto the course and when you study with us. 
The University has a long history of providing excellent standards of education to students and has been commended for its achievement by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA - this is an independent body whose main aim is to review the standards within University and Higher education establishments in the UK – see for more information). 
The course team are also actively engaged in the Learning for Public Health Network (formerly called the Teaching Public Health Network, supported by the Department of Health). This is a regional teaching enhancement and support group which enables us to ensure that the course aims and outcomes respond to the needs of public health employers (see for more information)
Visiting lecturers and honorary lecturers from public health organizations regularly lead classes, sharing their knowledge and experience of contemporary initiatives in public health. Extra curricula activities include a wide range of public lectures within the university.
The Institute of Public Health, Social Work and Care have staff with extensive experience in health care at clinical, managerial and research levels. Research and development are viewed as an integral part of the School’s activities, underpinning learning and teaching within all subject areas. The Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI) is a multi-disciplinary partnership within the School of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton. Our aim is to develop a new understanding between higher education and, health and social care organizations, and businesses to improve planning, delivery and evaluation of services, and development of people. Our vision is to work to continuously improve upon the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, promoting health and social well-being, and contributing to the development of appropriate policies and interventions locally, nationally and internationally.
The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit

During the course you will analyse practice and policy in health care, developing practical and critical skills – you will also gain a sound understanding of associated theories and will have the opportunity to develop your own special interests and embark on academic research. The programme also covers much of the syllabus required for the Part 1 examinations of the Faculty of Public Health

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full time Distance Learning £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time Distance Learning £3200 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
Home Full time Distance Learning £6550 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £6550 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time Distance Learning £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
International Full time Distance Learning £6400 per year 2020-21
International Full time Distance Learning £6550 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time Distance Learning £3200 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

You should have a good Honours degree or equivalent in a health related area (health related being public health, health and social care, public health nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, health psychology, dentistry) or any other degree deemed appropriate by the Admissions Tutor. Qualification in medicine (with a focus on public health medicine or community medicine) A 2:2 degree in a health related topic (see criteria above) with additional public health experience may be considered.

Any 'non-standard' qualification judged by the award team to be equivalent of the above (e.g. a relevant professional qualification or public health-related experience) .

In exceptional circumstances, and after a satisfactory interview with the award leader and/or course team, we would accept a minimum of three years experience at a senior level in a public health or related field.

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.



Emaan Syed

Emaan Syed, MPH student

Emaan Syed had never studied at university before, but when she moved to Walsall and left her full-time job to pursue the Master of Public Health, she chose the University of Wolverhampton, particularly as the course was offered as a 1-year programme.

“I had never been in a university before, and my first impressions of the University of Wolverhampton were very good. I was invited to an induction before the course commenced which was very useful. We also had an opportunity to meet the lecturers and have a look around the University. I was impressed with the facilities and the modern, but friendly feel to the University. I also noticed many mature students like myself so I felt I would not be out of place.”  

“The course was well structured and we were informed of the course plan and deadlines at the outset. I enjoyed how the modules were spaced and though the course was very intense there was a lot of support available from the lecturers. Even though I was very nervous about attending a university I never had a problem making friends or approaching staff. I was so well settled that the University became my second home during my studies.”

Emaan was particularly impressed with the ease of access and quality of the facilities offered.

“I really enjoyed the Learning Centre. The décor and the set up were well suited to all ages. There were places you could just sit and chill out as well as study in strict quiet locations. The long hour access really helped and even though I would study until midnight on most days I was never afraid to walk back to my car.” 

Like many students, Emaan encountered unexpected difficulties during her studies, and found that the support services available to her made a real difference in enabling her to continue with, and successfully complete her studies. “The most important thing for me whilst at the University was the support I was offered when I became ill during my studies. It was this support from staff that made me feel I have to persevere and complete the course.” 

“I believe there is a good support structure in place for students who want to complete their qualification and staff members are very understanding to individual needs and circumstances. Even though the course is intense and difficult, it is well designed with support in place for students.”   



Sani Baraya Wamakko, MPH student

Sani Baraya Wamakko, from Nigeria, is one of many international students enjoying his course and impressed with the quality of teaching, activities and opportunities offered at the University of Wolverhampton.

As a medical laboratory scientist, Sani chose to study the Master of Public Health (MPH) at Wolverhampton to progress his career. “I had been serving with the government hospital as head of the medical laboratory department on various public health issues, working with international NGOs like the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Family Health International and various HIV/TB integrated activities. This was where I first developed an interest to study MPH at the University of Wolverhampton.

Sani is very pleased with the knowledge and teaching of the staff, and felt welcomed and accepted by fellow students. “The University’s staff are friendly, caring, efficient and skill-minded to their respective disciplines of work. Students are co-operative, disciplined and courageous to penetrate knowledge from both lecturers and colleagues through learning, questions and group discussions.”

He has thoroughly enjoyed his course, including the modules, structure and management of the classes, as well as the additional facilities. “I enjoy the Harrison Learning Centre’s academic guides and workshops. The modules are very interesting compared to the current public health strategies and the lecturers are very good: able, dedicated and experts in their academic field. They enable students’ understanding and ability to assimilate information effectively. I like all the modules and as a public health practitioner will use the knowledge I gained to exhibit the quality of my University both academically and professionally.”

Sani feels he has gained many skills and the course has helped him achieve his aims. “I can make epidemiological studies: adopting different models, approaches, skills, techniques and theories in public health, epidemiology and statistics.” The course has allowed him to develop advanced research skills, as well as project management skills in leading transformation and change.

Sani graduates in 2014 and would definitely recommend the course, which has taught him about assessing the health needs of a population, health policies and social perspective. “I recommend students intending to study public health to come to the University of Wolverhampton to distinguish them from other university MPH graduates.” 


Dr Ogbonna Amanze, MPH graduate 2013

Choosing my course

The community experience in my medical education at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria crystallized my interest in public health. Preventive and social paediatrics fascinated me. However, it was not until 2011, while working as a Resident Doctor in paediatrics in the Middle East, that I took the decision to quit clinical practice in order to follow my passion for public health practice – I made a decision to go for a MPH programme in the United Kingdom.

It was while searching for a UK university offering MPH programmes suitable to the public health challenges confronting developing countries (like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria etc.), that a doctor colleague and friend sold the idea of realising my quality MPH dream at the University of Wolverhampton, as they had done.

I spent time each day going through the School of Health and Wellbeing webpages. As I read of the course content of the MPH programme and about life generally in Wolverhampton, my interest to come to Wolverhampton to pursue my MPH dream grew stronger!

A warm welcome

I finally came down to Wolverhampton in 2012. From the very first day I stepped into the university, I was welcomed by a pleasantly lovely and friendly team of non-academic and academic staff. I was hospitably guided through the registration formalities and induction programmes – some of which were organized by the Students’ Union, and well-tailored to meet the expectations of an international student like me.

I found the university environment very conducive to learning, with a well-equipped library (Harrison Learning Centre), staffed by highly supportive and courteous staff, who are ever ready to assist callers at the library!

Course excellence

The MPH programme modules were well designed to meet the yearnings of students like me- who wanted to get the requisite technical and leadership skills and competence to become key players and stakeholders in contemporary global public health practice. The academic staff were personally committed to rendering quality teaching and intellectual grooming to students, which went a long way in imbuing in me the confidence I now have to stand my ground in the comity of global public health practitioners.

My qualification in action

On completion of my MPH programme, I returned to Nigeria in November 2013. On December 20, 2013, my MPH certificate from University of Wolverhampton secured for me a top job in the Presidency at Abuja, Nigeria, as a Chief Programme Officer, under an agency that coordinates Nigeria’s national HIV/AIDS response, which enjoys great political will and close supervision of Nigeria’s President, His Excellency Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

Gaining the MPH from University of Wolverhampton and my current job are dreams come true. They have offered me a durable platform and wider latitude to play a proactive and critical role in mitigating the public health challenges facing my country, sub-Saharan Africa and the international community.



Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,750 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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