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PGCert Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International)

Key facts

Start date September 2018

Duration/mode 4 months full time

UK/EU fees £2,750 (total)

International fees £6,500 (total)

Entry requirements Medical degree or bachelor degree with 2:2 (hons) in a related subject + experience

Language requirements

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


This programme deals with the management, planning and policy issues for public health services in countries with developing health systems. It will help you acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for building new health services and improving existing health systems.

You’ll learn to:

  • take a proactive role in problem-solving and arriving at informed decisions
  • communicate, plan and manage tasks independently and as part of a team
  • evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible programmes
  • review policies, situations and issues in the field of health management, planning and policy-making, with particular reference to strengthening health policy for government and NGO sectors.

The programme also helps you to develop analytical thinking and problem solving skills.

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

More information

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

This Post Graduate Certificate in Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy is for you if you are a more experienced policy-maker, planner or manager working in a developing health system and you wish to develop a theoretical background to your skills in public health management without taking prolonged time from work.

You could be working in:
• national, federal or state ministries of health at both senior and middle levels
• national health programmes
• NGOs and international organisations
• training and research institutions.

You can also study this subject at Master of Public Health – HMPP (18 months with research project); Master of Public Health – HMPP (12 months with dissertation based on secondary data); or Postgraduate Diploma (9 months).

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Course content

The compulsory modules lay firm foundations for your learning throughout the programme:
• Introduction to Global and Public Health – introduces concepts, approaches and practices of international health, health systems development and disease control.
• Principles of Health Management, Planning and Policy - examines health systems challenges in resource-limited countries to support health policy and planning, and develops epidemiological skills for addressing public health concerns.

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 - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) PGCert in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Under the guidance of academic tutors who have all worked in low and middle income countries, you develop core skills and knowledge early in the programme.

The programme introduces essential learning skills for postgraduate level study, with particular emphasis on the challenges facing those returning to study. A reflective learning approach will form the basis of career-long independent learning and continued professional development.

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials and case studies. Some study sessions use the University's computer resources, with support for students to enhance their competence in the use of 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. You will also have access to the newly refurbished Worsley Building with new teaching space and post-graduate social space.

You’ll 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 assignments, group and individual presentations, reflective logs and a written examination on epidemiology and statistics. Please note that although the course ends in December, the written examination usually takes place in January of the second semester. You can however arrange for the examination to be taken in December at the end of the course.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A medical degree or bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or equivalent qualification in a related discipline (eg medicine, health, science, social sciences, management or administration).

All applicants must have a minimum of two years’ work experience in a health service or developing health system in a low-middle income country.

In exceptional cases, we may accept extensive work experience in health services or health systems for applicants who do not fully meet the stated academic requirements.

International qualifications

International qualifications
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For 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.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

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.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £2,750 (total)
International fees: £6,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

Scholarships and financial support

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Career opportunities

The programme has been updated from the former MA – Health Management Planning and Policy. Graduates from the programme can work with ministries of health, international organisations, NGOs, universities, consulting firms and private health providers. For example our graduates work in Médecins Sans Frontières, the Red Cross, Save the Children and the World Health Organisation at international, country, region and district levels.

The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development programmes at Leeds for more than 30 years and so has a large alumni network of health managers and planners holding senior positions around the world. We also have graduates who have pursued PhDs and are now working in major academic and research institutions.

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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