Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Public Health
Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society. Whether you are already a working professional in this area, or new to the subject, this flexible programme lets you study part-time to Masters, Diploma, or Certificate level. All students follow the same, compulsory certificate level courses.
You will gain an understanding of how different scientific disciplines can be used to investigate and then develop the best professional practice in epidemiology, public health and the social science of health.
This programme is taught by lecturers based at the University of Edinburgh Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS). CPHS is an interdisciplinary research hub which draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care and biomedical and social sciences. The Centre is also a WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training.
Year One (Certificate)
All students take the following compulsory courses:
Epidemiology for Health Professionals GLHE11016 (20 credits)
Health Systems Analysis (20 credits)
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods GLHE11017 (10 credits)
Introduction to Health Promotion (10 credits)
Year Two (Diploma)
If you have satisfactorily completed the Certificate level, you can decide whether you want to follow a general public health strand or a specialist strand in global non-communicable disease. Regardless of which strand you decide to follow, if you would like to do a dissertation, the following courses are compulsory:
Research Skills for Public and Global Health GLHE11018 (10 credits)
Introduction to Systematic Reviews (10 credits)
Year Two: General Public Health strand
Students planning to do a dissertation should choose elective courses totalling exactly 40 credits. At least 20 credits must be chosen from list A (see below). Students not planning to do a dissertation should choose elective courses totalling exactly 60 credits. At least 40 credits must be chosen from list A (see below).
Year Two: Global Health Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) strand
The following courses are compulsory for all students following the Global Health NCD strand:
Introduction to Global Health GLHE11002 (20 credits)
Globalisation and Non-Communicable Diseases GLHE11013 (20 credits)
Students on the Global Health NCD strand not planning to do a dissertation should choose exactly 20 credits from either list A or list B (see website).
Year Three (Masters)
Students who have completed the diploma level and are eligible to progress to year three can choose either to take a further 60 credits of elective courses (at least 40 of which must be chosen from list A) or to do a dissertation project (if agreed by the programme directors), worth 60 credits. The dissertation option will only be available to students who have met the stipulated academic requirements.
Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
The programme will prepare you for a career in research or academia, professional public health service, clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, public-health protection and a wide range of national and international organisations concerned with preventing disease and improving the health of populations.
No accreditation attached to programme but the Centre for Population Health Sciences is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training.
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
IELTS minimum score
IELTS Academic module 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each section)
Other accepted tests and scores
TOEFL-iBT 100 (with at least 23 in all sections)
PTE(A): 67 (with no score lower than 61 in each (with no score lower than 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections - "Enabling Skills" section scores are not considered)
Cambridge CPE Grade B; Cambridge CAE Grade A
Facts & Figures
International Financial Aid:
# of Credits Required:
180 (MPH), 120 (Dip)
In State Tuition (per year):
Out State Tuition (per year):
Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)