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For graduates or holders of a relevant professional qualification, who are working or intend to work in public health, the programme provides an opportunity to gain the academic background for leadership roles. Core and optional modules delivered by leading experts in a mix of formats. There are also a options to study for an MPH (Primary Care) or MPH (Environmental Health) award.
We make extensive use of visiting lecturers from local NHS bodies and central government agencies such as Public Health England and the Department of Health.
The programme is taught in a primarily UK context and has more emphasis on prevention than some programmes.
Application status Closed
Duration One year F,T 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 Kalwant Sidhu
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 email 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.
General entry advice Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). Applicants with a 2:2 (or overseas equivalent) considered if offering 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. English language proficiency requirements apply for international students: please see this page for more information. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/admissions/requirements/language.aspx. For this programme we would like applicants to have met (and to supply evidence for) the required standard of English Language at the time they submit their application
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 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 by telephone. All shortlisted candidates are asked to complete a short numerical reasoning test, which must be completed and passed in order for an offer to be made. 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:
Applications for 2016 entry are now closed for this course.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Since the Programme’s introduction, elective modules have been developed in Toxicology and Health Protection Science to better meet the needs of those working in health protection and environmental health. Other elective modules have been introduced more recently e.g. in the areas of Health Psychology and Global Public Health.
The orientation is towards high income countries and most subjects are taught in a UK context, though we take many students from overseas.
MPH (Primary Care)
In September 2012, the highly regarded MSc in Primary Health Care merged with the Master of Public Health programme, reflecting the newly combined Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences. This has ensured the continued viability of the Primary Health Care programme and enhanced the learning opportunities available to students; ensuring they continue to reflect the demands of practice.
The roles undertaken by GPs, and other members of the Primary Care team have continued to develop and the Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced further changes to the organization and delivery of healthcare. GPs are playing a central role in these reforms, which include the establishment of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), with implications for education and training. Furthermore, the requirement of appraisals and advent of revalidation will mean that continuing professional development is ongoing. The MPH (Primary Care) programme will provide the opportunity to fully integrate policy, theory and excellence in practice.
The MPH aims to provide graduates (or holders of a relevant medical or non-medical professional qualifications), with the academic background required for leadership roles in public health. The MPH (Primary Care) specialty aims to enable health professionals involved in primary health care provision to develop both personally and professionally.
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.
Lectures are normally held from 10am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 5pm. Each module normally has one three-hour lecture per week, over a 12-week term. Two of the elective 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 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 taking the mainstream elective modules would 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 elective 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 employers. 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.
Self-directed Study Students are expected to put in at least one hour of self-directed study for each taught hour of lectures – eg a full-time student would need to undertake at least an additional two days of self-directed study per week on top of the two days of lectures. Individual students may find that they need to study more or less than this for specific topics depending on their background. Additional self-directed study time will be required to complete module assignments, to revise for examinations and to work on the dissertation project. The dissertation is submitted in early September (part-time students submit their dissertation at the end of their second year). Examinations are mainly held during the January and May examination periods (the Essentials of Toxicology for Health Protection examination is, however, normally held during the August examination period). Resit and replacement examinations are normally scheduled during the August examination period. 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 to complete the programme successfully. We do not advise that students are employed in full-time work whilst undertaking the MPH. Careers in Public Health A useful site for information on careers in public health is PHORCAST (Public Health Online Resource for Careers, Skills and Training - www.phorcast.org.uk). 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.
Master of Public Health Core Modules:
All students are enrolled onto the Masters in Public Health. Additionally students may opt to take a specialist pathway reflecting a specific aspect of Public Health:
Students taking the Primary Care pathway are also required to take:
Students taking the Environmental Health pathway are also required to take ONE of the following two modules:
Please note that if you have chosen the MPH (Environmental Health) pathway, and if for any reason we are not able to run either of the above two modules, it may be necessary to transfer you to the mainstream Master of Public Health award.
In addition to the required core modules, students can select from a range of optional modules that may typically include:
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 site for information on careers in public health is PHORCAST (Public Health Online Resource for Careers, Skills and Training) - www.phorcast.org.uk. 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.
Graduates from the previous MSc in Primary Health Care have gone on to become some of the leading academics in general practice and into positions at the forefront of research. Many graduates have also reported attaining teaching posts and clinical posts. Examples of job titles: Senior Clinical Lecturer, VTS Programme Director, Principal GP.
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£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc) £9,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (MPH)
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*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)
If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.
If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.
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