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The Master of Public Health (MPH) course is a multidisciplinary program of study that aims to provide graduates and holders of relevant medical or non-medical professional qualifications with the advanced academic background required for leadership roles in public health. The programme cover the breadth of public health.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT two years PT, September to September. See also 'Attendance Requirements' on the Programme Details page.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake Approximately 20-25FT, 15-20PT.
Course leaders Programme Director: Dr Salma Ayis
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax:+44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax:+44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's college London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
A Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) is normally required. Applicants with a 2:2 (or overseas equivalent) will be considered where they offer significant work experience in a related field. A degree level professional qualification in an appropriate subject, normally with some experience in the broad field of public health (or primary care for MPH (Primary Care) applicants) will also be considered.
For the Master of Public Health degree, rather than the Public Health MSc, students should normally be, or have been, employed in a public health agency. Full-time students who have not been employed with a public health agency can satisfy this requirement by undertaking their dissertation within a public health agency, such as the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences at King's College London. Some full-time students from overseas undertake their dissertation project in their home country.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. Your application will be assessed by two academics (Admissions Tutors). Shortlisted home candidates may be interviewed in person, and shortlisted overseas candidates may be interviewed via Skype (telephone interviews will be conducted as an exception). We aim to process all applications within eight weeks, but please bear in mind that this programme attracts a very large number of applications. During holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.
We encourage applicants to use the personal statement to set out:
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) course is an intensive study programme that aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge informing the key domains of public health. You will explore the underpinning theoretical frameworks which draw upon a range of disciplines reflecting the wider determinants of health and ill-health. You will examine the effectiveness of public health interventions, services and policies. You will develop skills of critical appraisal through understanding different research designs and methods that are informing an emerging evidence based public health. You will be able to put public health principles into effect in a variety of settings and appreciate the complexities of evolving public health concerns and population health needs. You can study the breadth of public health or pursue a specialist pathway that better meets your specific career advancement needs.
All students are enrolled onto the Masters of Public Health which addresses the key domains of public health practice. The course is made up of optional and required modules. The rquired modules are Basic Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health and a Dissertation Project. Once accepted onto the course, you may wish to pursue a specialist pathway by selecting the additional rquired/compulsory modules.
If you are interested in the Primary Care pathway, you will need to select the module covering Complex Challenges in Multiple Health Care Needs; the Environmental Health pathway will require either the Essentials of Environmental Public Health Science and/or Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection modules. The Allied Health pathway will require you to study the Exercise as Medicine module. You will also explore a range of optional modules to bring your total credit value up to 180, allowing you to create a unique study plan that reflects your interests.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
Lectures, seminars & feedback
Per 15-credit taught module
The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is approximately 30 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study.
Students are expected to do at least one hour of self-directed study for each taught hour of lectures. You may find that you need to study more or less than this for specific topics, depending on your background. In addition, a consolidation week for self-directed study is scheduled during Week 6 of each module’s lecture schedule.
Additional self-directed study time will be required to complete module assignments and to revise for examinations.
There is no formal limit to the number of hours of contact with dissertation project supervisors, this varies between projects and according to the needs of the student. Formal timetabled compulsory dissertation training sessions are provided.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of unseen written examinations, coursework and presentations. The research project and dissertation will be assessed on an extended piece of writing.
Examinations are mainly held during Examination Period 1 (January) and Examination Period 2 (May / early June). The ‘Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection’ examination is, however, normally held during Examination Period 3 (August). Resit and replacement examinations are normally scheduled during Examination Period 3 (August).
You’ll submit your first piece of summative coursework towards the end of Term 1, and coursework submissions continue into April. The coursework for the ‘Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection’ module is submitted in August.
The dissertation is submitted in early September (part-time students submit their dissertation at the end of their second year).
The formal teaching, self-directed study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. They are however, subject to change.
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The MPH aims to provide graduates (or holders of a relevant medical or non-medical professional qualification), with the academic background required for leadership roles in public health, with the option to specialise in:
Specialist lectures; interactive seminars and workshops; project work; computer-based and problem solving exercises; case-study group work. A wide variety of assessment methods, including: conventional unseen essay-type examinations; short answer examinations; case studies; and conventional essays, poster and oral presentations and mini-projects.
Attendance requirements The MPH runs from September to September, and all students start in September. Attendance at lectures is compulsory. Most lectures are held during Terms 1 and 2. Each term is normally 12 weeks long. Full-time students typically attend lectures for a total of two days per week and part-time students typically attend lectures for a total of one day per week. A student’s actual days of attendance will depend on which modules they are studying.
Modules are normally scheduled on a Monday, Wednesday or Thurday. Lectures are normally scheduled from 10am to 1pm, or from 2pm to 5pm. Each module normally has one three-hour lecture per week, over a 12-week term. Two of the optional modules are run over one full-time week (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).
Essentials of Environmental Public Health Science is normally held during one week in November, and Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection is normally held during one week in late May / early June.
Study Leave For an estimate of study leave requirements, an example for a full-time MPH student might be, as a minimum: • Programme Induction – 1 day • Attendance at lectures – 48 days • Attendance at examinations (x 6) – 3 days (6 x ½ days) Please note that this is only an example. Exact study leave requirements would depend on your optional module choices, attendance at optional sessions, etc., and individual students would need to calculate their total study leave requirements themselves when requesting study leave from their employer. Students might also need to factor in self-directed study time, if their employer allows for this. In addition, finalist students must ensure that they can be available on the date of the external examiners’ visit, as external examiners are entitled to interview a sample of finalist students as part of their moderating role. Optional sessions: There are other optional sessions (workshops, tutorials, pre-exam revision sessions, etc.) scheduled throughout the year. Some are occasional lunchtime sessions on lecture days, but students may need to book additional study leave time for some optional sessions (or take annual leave) if they are interested in attending. A few tutorials and events may take place after 5pm – these tutorials and events are also normally optional.
Management of your study time The MPH is an intensive programme – and students will need to manage their study time carefully alongside their other commitments in order to complete the programme successfully. We do not advise that students are employed in full-time work whilst undertaking the MPH. Location
The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.
Other related courses:
All students on this course are required to take:
Students taking the Primary Care pathway are also required to undertake a Primary Care-focused dissertation topic, and are also required to take:
Students taking the Environmental Health pathway are also required to undertake an Environmental Health-focused dissertation topic and are also required to take one of the following:
Students taking the Allied Health pathway are also required to undertake an Allied Health-focused dissertation topic and are also required to take:
In addition, students take sufficient credits to bring their total for the course to 180 from a range of optional modules that may typically include:
Please note that if you have opted for one of the specialist pathways, and if for any reason we are not able to run the additional required modules for that pathway, it may be necessary to transfer you to the mainstream Master of Public Health award.
Please see the modules list for further information. Please note that the module descriptions listed are subject to change, and that not all of the modules listed may run in any given academic year. Some modules may also have limited places. Please see the module lists for further information. If you have any concerns or questions about your proposed selection, please contact the Programme Director.
Job titles of recent MPH graduates include: Public Health Specialist; Head of Public Health Intelligence; Health Partnership Programme Manager; Health Promotion Campaign Manager; Epidemiologist; Health Data Analyst; Project Coordinator; Public Health Advisor; Health Protection Specialist; Public Health Screening Coordinator; Vascular Prevention Programme Coordinator; Health Improvement Practitioner; Public Health Specialist: Healthy Living; and Lecturer in Public Health . Other MPH students have gone on to PhDs at King's and other universities.
A useful source of public health careers information is the NHS Health Careers website. You might find it helpful to review the information on this website as a starting point if you are considering a career in public health, or would like to further your current career in public health.
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'I found my learning experience at King’s exciting largely because of the synergy of living in a beautiful city with a great social life and learning from an intellectually stimulating academic environment at Guy’s campus. I built networks with students of various professional backgrounds and nationalities which provided an opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other.'
'The programme offers a wide range of topics in the public health field making the programme suitable to people from a variety of backgrounds. Despite focusing on a range of topics it’s amazing how much in-depth knowledge you gain from each module, knowledge that’s essential in my daily work.'
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Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
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