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MPH Public Health (International)

Key facts

Start date September 2017

Duration/mode 12 months full time

UK/EU fees £7,500 (total)

International fees £15,750 (total)

Additional cost information

Entry requirements Medical degree or bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a health-related discipline + experience.

Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components


This programme provides public health professionals with an understanding of the health needs of populations and how to effectively intervene to strengthen health systems and improve health in an international context.
You can learn to:

  • analyse issues in health policy and understand how to improve health services using epidemiology, statistics and evidence-based public health interventions
  • develop the essential skills to improve existing (and build new) health services programmes and management systems
  • evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible programmes
  • discuss ethical issues, and adopt and justify an appropriate ethical stance.

You’ll benefit from an international learning environment, with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.

More information

On this programme you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with World Health Organization staff and visits to other organisations, such as the United Nations and UN High Commission for Refugees, Red Cross, World Vision, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Hospital Federation, GAVI Alliance and the World Council of Churches.

The Master of Public Health (International) is designed for district and provincial medical officers, communicable disease controllers and other reproductive and child health programme officers, health service managers, community nurses, health educationalists and general medical practitioners.

The programme is run by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, a WHO Collaborating Centre, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate level.

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Course content

The taught compulsory modules lay firm foundations for your learning throughout the programme:

  • Foundations of international health – introduces international health and health systems
  • Principles of public health (international) – examines the definition of health needs using epidemiological and statistical methods, public health interventions and strategies
  • Health systems research methods – looks at how to plan research, choose research methods, evaluate findings and present results

The wide range of optional modules allows you to focus your study to match your interests and experience.

The 10,000-word dissertation you write in your final semester gives you space for in-depth examination of an area of public health that’s relevant to your work or career plans.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information on typical modules, read Public Health (International) MPH in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Under the guidance of academic tutors who have all worked in resource-limited settings, you develop core skills and knowledge early in the programme, which you build on with your chosen modules in specialist fields of public health, planning and management. Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to plan, initiate, execute and complete a substantial piece of independent research, with support and guidance.

The programme introduces essential learning skills for postgraduate level study, with particular emphasis on the challenges facing those returning to study. Building your Learning Portfolio encourages you to develop a reflective approach, which can form the basis of career-long independent learning and continued professional development.

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work. Some study sessions use the University's computer resources, with support for students less familiar with information technology. You have access to electronic copies of all teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment.

You’ll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals.

Our students often benefit from the international learning environment on our International Health and Development programmes, where you learn and discuss with fellow-health professionals from a range of countries and professional backgrounds.


Each module is assessed through a combination of written coursework, presentations and assignments, including an 10,000-word dissertation on your original research project.

For this programme there is also a written examination on basic epidemiology and statistics.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A medical degree or bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a health-related discipline or equivalent qualification.

In exceptional cases, we may accept extensive work experience in public health instead.

All applicants must have at least two years’ international public health professional experience.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


UK/EU fees: £7,500 (total)
International fees: £15,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

The cost of the optional one-week trip to Geneva is not included in the course fees. Students pay a contribution towards their travel, accommodation, visa and insurance costs, and the Nuffield pays the rest of these costs. (Students who choose the study trip as an optional module pay a smaller contribution than students who attend the study trip for their personal development only.) Other costs, including meals and any personal costs, are paid by the student. We send more information with offer letters.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

We provide information on where previous students have obtained funding. Please take a look at Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Funders for ideas.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in ministries of health, international organisations, NGOs, universities, consulting firms and private health providers.

The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development programmes at Leeds for almost 30 years and so has a large alumni network of health managers and planners holding senior positions around the world.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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