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100% online MPH with Leadership

Apply by: 20 August 2024
To begin: 3 September 2024
  • 180 credits
  • 2 years part-time
Learn the skills and knowledge needed to progress into leadership positions within public health.

This is Keele:

  • 100% online MPH in 24 months
  • Top 20 in UK for Health Professions*
  • Part of Keele School of Medicine
  • Britain’s best university, as ranked by students**
  • 80% of research ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’***
  • £8,500 total fees, with option to pay per module
  • *Guardian University League Table, 2022
    **StudentCrowd University Awards, 2022
    **Research Excellence Framework, 2021

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Learn how to create positive change in public health

Leading and managing in today’s business environment is complex, especially within healthcare organisations. On this online MPH with Leadership degree, you will learn the needs of leaders in today’s dynamic environment and how to be a strategic leader in the context of complexity and change. 

You will develop knowledge and understanding of key leadership issues, the nature of the problems and dilemmas leaders face, the approaches that can be taken, and techniques that can be employed to ensure strong leadership within healthcare organisations. You will also develop essential skills in leading individuals, and will become a well-rounded public health leader with knowledge of key contemporary issues.

What you will learn on this MPH with Leadership

This MPH with Leadership course is aligned with internationally recognised competency frameworks including the UK Public Health Skill and Knowledge Framework, and the World Health Organisation ASPHER Core Competency Framework for Public Health in the European Region.

Modules will cover core topics, including:

  • Epidemiology
  • Global health
  • Health promotion
  • The health protection function of public health
  • Statistics and epidemiology
  • Leadership in global healthcare
  • Health inequalities and community action
  • Control of communicable disease

Taught by experts

This MPH with Leadership degree is part of Keele University’s School of Medicine. The School of Medicine unites world-leading research experts with experienced teaching staff to provide a pioneering teaching and research environment – one which you will directly benefit from when you study with us.

Programme Director, Dr Ross Wilkie, is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Epidemiology. His research is recognised internationally and Ross was awarded the European League Against Rheumatism Research Award in 2019. He has also been awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health by distinction for his education and research work.

Potential career paths with an MPH with Leadership

Our MPH with Leadership distance learning degree could create or enhance a career in any of the following:

  • Epidemiologist
  • Healthcare Quality Data Analyst
  • Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Health Policy Adviser
  • Healthcare commissioning and planning
  • Public Health Consultant
  • Project lead for non-government organisation
  • Work for national and international government agencies

Entry requirements for home and international students

A 2:2 undergraduate degree or a UK Master’s degree (or international equivalent)

Applicants with qualifications below this level may be considered if they can provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience. The evidence will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

In addition, applicants must also have passed GCSE Maths (minimum grade C or 4) and pass a numeracy test prior to starting the course

Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant experience. The evidence will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of a recognised qualification in English language. The minimum score for entry to the programme is Academic IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no subtest score below 5.5).

Programme Start dates

Next start date: 3 September 2024
Documents deadline: 27 August 2024
Application deadline: 20 August 2024


Total programme fees:
Per 15-credit module fee:

If you are based in the UK or the EU, you may be eligible for a government postgraduate loan to cover the full course fees.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £850.


Award - Shortlisted for University of the Year (Times Higher Education, 2020)
Award - Britain's best university, as ranked by students (StudentCrowd University Awards, 2022)
Global Sustainability Institution of the Year (International Green Gown Awards, 2021)
Top 10 for Research opportunities offered to postgraduate students (PRES, 2019)

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