Master of Public Health

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

30 September 2019


2 years part-time
1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472199

About the course

This specialist course was designed in response to the demands presented by international and UK government policy and practice, public health and health promotion.

This specifically designed course is aimed at professionals who aspire to become leaders in and influence the public health agenda in the UK and internationally. It aims to equip you with the critical knowledge, theoretical understanding and skills required to make a high quality, professional contribution to public health.

The course offers you the opportunity to enhance and develop your current knowledge, strategic thinking and leadership skills, as well as enabling you to apply these to practice, whilst examining the changing political landscape of public health environments both nationally and internationally.

You will be taught by a team of passionate academics who have a wealth of skills, expertise and professional credibility related to contemporary public health both in the UK and overseas.

We are particularly proud of our range of innovative assessment approaches which have been designed to prepare you to work in leadership roles within the public health field, using evidence-based practice.

“The Master of Public Health Course at the University of Huddersfield is highly innovative and relevant in its field. The modules balance innovation with technical competency, with assessments that reflect current research and technological advancements. Not only will future Public Health professionals graduate from this course, but it also provides a clear platform for those wishing to commence doctoral studies. In my role as a Director of Public Health, we are looking for dynamic, motivated professionals. This Master of Public Health is driving these skills and more, developing Public Health Specialists who can deliver at local, national and international levels and make a positive difference in improving the health and well-being of the population”.


Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Director of Public Health for Kirklees

Course detail

Core modules

Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

This module provides the theoretical and conceptual foundation for Master’s level research study within Public Health. The module provides the opportunity for you to develop key skills to understand and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative research, including data collection and analysis methods. You‘ll be assessed through coursework.

Introductory Statistics for Public Health

This module introduces you to a range of statistical techniques used for the analysis of quantitative data used in Master of Public Health and Master of Forensic Mental Health. You will learn about the treatment of regression in settings where several independent variables may be assessed or where the outcome is binary. You will also study treatments applicable to the analysis of multivariate data sets. The emphasis will be placed on the practical application of such techniques through the use of the statistical software SPSS. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework, where you will undertake a detailed analysis of a large data set, using a range of statistical techniques.

Principles of Public Health

Public Health has a pivotal role in promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of the public. It aims to prevent poor health, eradicate disease and increase longevity through population based interventions and activities. Through an exploration of public health concepts, approaches to protect and promote health and examination of the broader influences on health and healthcare provision, you’ll be encouraged to think strategically, whilst developing a broad understanding of public health. You’ll be assessed through coursework.


This module provides the opportunity to learn about the definition, scope and history of epidemiology and the fundamental strategies of epidemiological research. You’ll cover different types of epidemiological studies, and how to measure them. This will include approaches for assessing the validity of statistical associations and making judgements about causality; as well as exploring measures of disease frequency and association. You’ll study the strengths and limitations of different study types and the methods used to analyse them. You’ll also learn about the principles of screening and diagnostic testing and the analysis of survival data in the context of an epidemiological study. Assessment will be through an examination.

Communicable Disease

Communicable diseases are a major threat to public health. This module provides the opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the principles of epidemiology, health surveillance, outbreak and incident management, common infectious diseases (global and local), the role of public health bodies and infection prevention and control teams in the prevention and management of communicable diseases. The module also explores the prevention of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the context of public/patient safety. Assessment will be through coursework.

Global Public Health

This module provides the opportunity to critically explore the place of public health and leadership in a global context. You’ll address the ways in which the contemporary processes of globalisation impact upon public health policy. An exploration of key global health organisations (eg Government, Non-Government, World Health Organization, and United Nations) will be used to illustrate how health inequity, social justice and social determinants of health impact different populations at a global level. You’ll also reflect on and debate key global public health issues. Assessment will be through coursework.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent in a subject relevant to public health, such as health professional qualifications, social science subjects, applied sciences, business, leadership, management or administration.

Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in any single component.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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