Institute of Health

Public Health

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

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MPH
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (12 months), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

Public health is about creating a healthy and happy society by tackling the underlying causes of ill-health to prevent health problems and promoting health and well-being.

Increasing government attention is focused on improving population health, and many agencies now have public health responsibilities. This is opening up new opportunities for innovative approaches and also brings with it the need for a well-prepared public health workforce, able to work flexibly across many disciplines and demonstrate a wide range of abilities. Our Master of Public Health course is specifically designed to fulfil this need through the educational aim of developing the specific knowledge and skills you will need for effective public health practice.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Wolverhampton has an established reputation for producing accomplished and highly marketable graduates in public health. The positive feedback we receive from our successful students demonstrates the value of completing the MPH at the University of Wolverhampton. Many of these graduates have achieved excellent jobs within public health and are working in organisations such as government public health agencies, the WHO and the UN where they are making a difference to the population's health with the skills they have acquired from the programme.

Public health has always been popular but awareness of the work of public health professionals and the range of roles available in this field has increased since the Covid-19 pandemic. In light of the impact of the pandemic on public health practice both now and in the future, we have reviewed and strengthened our public health programme so you can be prepared to address these challenges.   

Success against key public health issues and diseases has no geographical boundaries, and our students may come from a variety of countries, so we also draw on wider international public health policy and priorities. As such, this post-graduate course adopts a strong focus on addressing health inequalities, empowering individuals, and communities, and building the skills needed for a pro-active public health workforce. So, by focusing on socio-ecological models of health rather than just medical and epidemiological ones, our public health programme is able to offer a new, modern and global understanding of public health that reflects the changes and developments witnessed in current and future health services both in the UK and overseas.

What happens on the course?

You will take six 20 credit modules; if you are studying full time you will take 3 modules per semester, and then complete the dissertation over the summer period. In most cases, the modules are delivered over two days a week at the city campus in Wolverhampton. The format of delivery has been designed to fit in with people who work or have other commitments.

You will learn and be assessed through a variety of activities including discussion, debate, presentations, posters, videos, quizzes and more.  These activities will take place in-class, with some online activities.

You will study a range of modules; some are studied alongside other health and social care students, which will provide you with opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning and broaden your understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of public health. 

Students from diverse backgrounds are supported through an inclusive curriculum where every module, session, teaching material or activity is assessed for its suitability. Your prior experience and background will be respected, and you will be encouraged to contribute your unique perspectives, primarily through open discussion in seminars as well as interactive exercises that encourage you to share your diverse experiences.

The academic teaching team also provide a range of extra-curricular activities to support you in your studies and wider interest in public health issues.  These include a regular public health open-seminar series where professionals in health and research share details of their work and engage in lively debate.  For an additional fee we also offer a 2-week field trip to India where you can learn about health in India through visits to organisations and talks from health professionals and academics.

Please take a look at the modules below for further details of what you will study. 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Successful MPH students are attractive to both the NHS, Local authorities and the voluntary sector as potential employees. Career opportunities range from academic roles within public health, roles within health promotion, health statistics and epidemiology, Clinical Governance, Public health research and development. Students may also wish to pursue doctoral study.

Recently qualified students have progressed into Public Health departments within the UK and international students have secured roles within international organisations such as WHO and the UN.

With over 20 years of delivering public health programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the School of Public Health Studies have a range of established partnerships with public health practitioners and organisations, both in the UK and overseas. Our team of academics actively maintain links with local stakeholders that comprise a range of NHS, private, independent, and voluntary organisations, and are able to improve practice through research and help inform curriculum developments to ensure that this course meets the needs of potential employers. We also actively maintain links with our alumni, many of whom have gone to develop successful careers in public health and will become part of your extensive network.  

This Master of Public Health award is mapped against the UKPHR specialist register standards so you can go on to use the award to fulfil part of the requirements for registration as a specialist practitioner in the future. The UKPHR provides public protection by ensuring that only competent public health professionals are registered and that high standards of practice are maintained.

The Master of Public Health is one of many courses run by the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, which has an established reputation for excellence in terms of the quality of its courses, particularly through the provision of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and for the student centred-friendliness of its academic and administrative staff. You will have the benefit of being taught by very experienced staff with first-hand knowledge of working in the public health field in a variety of professional roles, and so can help you integrate and apply the knowledge you will gain.

 

The educational aims of this course have been informed by the core competency areas defined by the Public Health Skills and Knowledge framework:

  • surveillance and assessment of health,
  • assessing the evidence for health,
  • policy and strategy,
  • leadership and collaborative working,
  • health improvement and protection,
  • public health intelligence,
  • academic public health, and
  • health and social care quality

These relate to the three domains of public health practice:

  • health protection,
  • health improvement and
  • service quality.

Through these core themes that run throughout the award, the course will enable you to gain an understanding of the inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to Public Health. As a Public Health student, you will develop the skills necessary for the assimilation and understanding of the complex and diverse nature of the subject, as well as more general skills which will be widely transferable, enabling you to effectively prepare for and to establish a career in a wide range of health and public health related areas. These include the knowledge and ability to:

  • Conduct a surveillance and assessment of population health and well-being within an international context
  • Assess best evidence in health care interventions
  • Review policy and strategic developments and implementation
  • Develop strategic leadership and collaborative working
  • Develop public health intelligence within a national and international context
  • Facilitate health improvement and health protection strategies to ensure Public health and social care quality.

This, along with close associations with the RSPH and ASPHER, and our mapping of the course to the UKPHR specialist register standards and the PHSKF, gives the University of Wolverhampton MPH course a sound foundation for employability and enables you to use the award to fulfil part of the requirements for registration as a specialist practitioner in the future. 

Public health deals with the well-being of populations, entire communities, or groups of people rather than health issues at an individual clinical level. It is a common mistake made by people who are embedded in biomedical notions of health, either because of their previous studies or because they do not understand the remit of public health, that the study of public health, or practitioners in this field, need an understanding of anatomy and physiology and/or an understanding of the science behind the onset of disease.  As public health is not about disease in the individual, but about how social and environmental factors lead to diseases and affect populations, and how a reduction in inequalities in health, as well as how health-related data can be used to identify a specific population that health services may then prioritise to improve health overall, prior knowledge of these areas is not required. However, where necessary you may briefly explore health issues at the individual level within some of the modules, but you do not need any prior knowledge of biology or other sciences, other than what you will have learnt at school or college level, to effectively participate and succeed in this programme.

Whilst the course does not include a work-based placement, we have good relationships with local public health organisations and other employers and will support you if you would like to explore work experience opportunities.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full time Distance Learning £6550 per year 2021-22
Home Full time Distance Learning £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £6550 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time Distance Learning £3998 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
International Full time Distance Learning £6550 per year 2021-22
International Full time Distance Learning £7995 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time Distance Learning £3998 per year 2022-23

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.

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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

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 £11,570 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 gov.uk.

* 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.


Self-funded:

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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