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100% online Master’s in Public Health (MPH)

Apply by: 20 August 2024
To begin: 3 September 2024
  • 180 credits
  • 2 years part-time
Develop invaluable skills and knowledge that could improve the health of entire communities and populations.

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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Become an expert in public health

On this Master of Public Health degree, you will learn skills to make a positive difference to the physical, social and mental health outcomes and wellbeing of people within and across local, regional, national, and international populations.

With an emphasis on reducing health inequalities, you will develop the ability to interpret and understand key areas of health and social research, and how it can be used to inform policy and improve public health. You will be encouraged to view public health as a collective responsibility, across organisations and individuals, and will learn to have wider considerations than the remit of health services to include education and the environment.

What you will learn on this MPH

The course content for this MPH distance learning degree 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
  • Health promotion
  • The health protection function of public health
  • Global health
  • Health inequalities and community action
  • Control of communicable disease
  • Statistics
  • Leadership in global healthcare

Taught by experts

This MPH 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

Our Master of Public Health degree could create or enhance a career in any of the following:

  • Public Health Practitioner
  • Epidemiologist
  • Healthcare Quality Data Analyst
  • Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Health Policy Adviser
  • Healthcare Commissioning and Planning
  • Health Protection Officer
  • Work in roles of government or non-government organisations

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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