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  • This course is closed for September 2022 entry for international applicants.

Course overview

This course facilitates the transfer of knowledge from academic public health to the practice environment by translating research findings into actions that can be understood and acted upon by practitioners and the public. It offers enhanced opportunities for students wishing to pursue studies in the academic and applied world of public health.

The University is keen to share its vision by reaching out to students worldwide – either as attendees or distance learners with full support and interactive resources with experienced team members.

Whether studying for career development part time or full time, or from a specific professional interest in the discipline, the MPH/DPH courses offer a distinguished broader-based learning programme aligned with the growing worldwide interest in public health development. Teaching focuses on core concepts and principles underpinning public health practice and policy development, which can be applied in a variety of settings. You are encouraged to apply these concepts and principles to your own area of practice or interest through the assessments you complete.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Data Analysis Methods

This module provides you with an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis employed in public health research. The content covers both theoretical and practical aspects of data analysis, ranging from basic exploratory analysis to more complex multi-variable analysis.

Developing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s course.


Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.


You explore the role of epidemiology in the understanding of health and disease, policy development and service provision. The module includes an introduction to the basic principles of epidemiology and the most commonly used research methods. Emphasis is placed on the strengths and weaknesses of various study designs with regard to confounding, bias and validity. You review measures of disease occurrence, and sources of routinely collected data. Key concepts in epidemiological methodology are explored, and you develop skills in the evaluation of epidemiological research.

International Public Health

You examine the key public health principles and factors that contribute to an international public health discipline and develop a good understanding of the public health spectrum. These key principles include an in-depth examination of global health, exploring health and health inequalities globally, taking into account international health systems and economies as well as the key public health principles such as health protection, disease notification, collaborative working and management of major public health incidents nationally and globally. Specific areas covered include:
• globalisation and the impact on international public health policy
• communication in public health
• principles of global health
• cultures and society
• health protection
• overview of molecular biology of disease
• environmental health
• health economics.

Leadership and Management in Public Health

You are provided with a detailed understanding of the role of public health leadership and management in improving population and community health. You critically explore key strategic drivers, collaborative working for health and wellbeing outcomes; as well as critical professional reflection and ethical conduct in leadership. You are supported in cultivating leadership and management skills and knowledge. This module is ideal for those who are existing, emerging leaders or aspire to be future leaders in public health, as well as those working in a health and social care context or those wanting to gain knowledge and understanding of the role of leadership and the strategic challenges related to public health practice. Specific areas covered include:
• types of leadership: styles and theory
• resource allocation in health care
• using health data to inform strategic direction
• use of an ethical framework in decision making/priority setting
• evaluating public health interventions
• organisational culture
• public health law
• how to use reflection for continued professional development
• report writing.

Public Health in Context

This module is designed to enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the context of public health. It is aimed at students who have a role or partial role in public health, or are wishing to move into the field.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You can learn through online distance learning or by attending face-to-face sessions. Equivalent learning and teaching activities are provided for both distance and attendance students although the mode of delivery may vary. You are supported through the use of a virtual learning environment (Blackboard) and other readily available software.

You participate in lectures, seminars, group activities and computer-based workshops such as blogs and webinars. Distance learning students receive recorded lectures and structured open learning materials and are encouraged to participate in online discussion and activities. There are also key points when distance learners must be available via online web technology as part of the assessment framework (a distance learning handbook is provided separately with more details). Skills development is supported through computer-based simulations. Individual tutorial support is available to all students throughout the course.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through a range of methods to provide a variety of learning experiences and to challenge and extend your knowledge. These include written reports and essays, defended poster, case study, research proposals, and a dissertation. You are given written feedback on all assignments to outline your progress and encourage further development.


Entry requirements

An honours degree (2.2 and above) or equivalent in a subject related to social sciences, health and health sciences, life sciences, or public health.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to satisfy the English language requirements which are a minimum overall score of 6.5 IELTS and minimum 5.5 in each band, or equivalent as set out in the Teesside English Language Policy.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

Successful completion of this programme provides opportunities for career progression for those already working in public health and opportunities for others to embark on a career in the field. It also serves as preparation for those wishing to take the Faculty of Public Health Part A examination.


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2022/23 entry

Fee for applicants

On campus: £6,100 for UK applicants, £14,000 for international applicants. Online: £6,100 for all applicants

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  • Start date: September
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2022/23 entry

Fee for UK applicants

On campus: £680 for each 20 credits (£6,120 total) for UK applicants. Online: £680 per 20 credits (£6,120 total) for all applicants

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Online, daytime and evening, flexible
  • Start date: September
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