Curriculum

The Global Master of Public Health degree is a fully online degree part-time programme. Imperial College London offers a number of enrollment options to provide a learning experience to suit your existing work and family commitments.

The Master’s level programmes are delivered and structured over either two years or three years, with three terms per academic year.

You can either:

  • enrol on the two year Master’s programme as a standalone pathway, where you will study three specialisations per term (approx. 16-24 hours study time per week over 2 years), or;
  • build to the Master’s qualification over three years (approx. 12-18 hours per week).

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply health research methods, including epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • Become a global public health professional and build a strong career leading to roles at institutions such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
  • Develop towards leading roles in fields like public health analysis, communicable disease control, environmental epidemiology, and global health policy.

Two year Master's

Core specialisations focus on building core skills and knowledge in epidemiology, the spread and prevention of disease, statistical analysis and modelling, public health practice and global health challenges.

Students build a degree that best suits their interests, through the selection of 4 elective specialisations (out of a choice of 8), allowing students to focus efforts on areas of study most important to them and their future public health careers.

All GMPH students will be required to complete a substantive research output, across a number of core specialisations in the research portfolio, which accounts for a third of the course. During the first half of the portfolio, students gain key knowledge and skills required to design, plan, conduct, analyse and disseminate research in public health through three taught specialisations (research portfolios 1 – 3). Within these specialisations, students develop their own research in a fully supported learning environment.

Students will finish their research portfolio in the second half, which will lead to a draft paper (academic or policy), blog and dissemination plan. Students will be supported throughout their project and will enjoy a consistent level of supervision and structured study.

Three year Master’s

For the three year Master’s programme, students must first enrol on a one year Postgraduate Certificate programme. Students who complete the Certificate will have the option to continue on to study for a one year Postgraduate Diploma, followed by the option of a final year to achieve the Master’s qualification.

By the end of the Postgraduate Certificate programme, you will have gained an understanding of the basic foundations of public health, having completed the core specialisations of Epidemiology for Public Health, Foundations of Public Health Practice, Statistics for Public Health, Population Health Improvement and a choice of two electives, allowing you to choose/specialise at this level in areas of your own interest.

The PG Diploma will allow you to develop and build upon your knowledge and skills with further choice and specialised subjects within public health, directed towards your own public health practice and research. You will be required to complete all 4 core specialisations (Global Diseases Masterclass, Global Health Governance and Challenges, and Health Systems Development). You can then choose a further two electives. This level also requires you to undertake Research Portfolio 1: Designing a Research Study. This specialisation will provide you with the basic/foundation understanding of research practice.

The Master’s will allow you to continue to build upon your knowledge and skills, and the majority of this level requires you to undertake the remaining Research Portfolio core specialisations, building your own research practice and skills at this level to completion of your project. You will also be required to undertake the core Health Economics specialisation and have 1 further elective choice.

Within each pathway core, specialisations focus on building core skills and knowledge in epidemiology, the spread and prevention of disease, statistical analysis and modelling, public health practice and global health challenges.

Specialisations

Core specialisations:

  • Statistics for Public Health
  • Epidemiology for Public Health
  • Foundations of Public Health Practice
  • Global Diseases Masterclass
  • Health Systems Development
  • Research Portfolio 1: The Research Question
  • Population Health Improvement
  • Global Health Challenges and Governance
  • Research Portfolio 2: The Study Question
  • Health Economics
  • Research Portfolio 3: Core Research skills
  • Research Portfolio 4: Research in Practice

Elective specialisations:

  • Global Health Innovations
  • Infectious Disease Modelling
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Participatory Approaches in Public Health
  • Social Epidemiology for Public Health
  • Digital Health
  • Advanced Statistics and Data Science (Master's only)
  • Life Course Public Health (Master's only)

Some examples of previous projects:

  • The prevalence and impact of occult hepatitis B infection in Sub-Saharan Africa: systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Prevalence and determinants of smoking relapse among US adult smokers - a longitudinal study
  • Evaluation of Country Cooperation Strategies in six countries of the WHO regions for Health System Strengthening
  • Global Tobacco product prices and affordability
  • Blood pressure, hypertension and the risk of sudden cardiac death - a systematic review of cohort studies
  • Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals on the TB epidemic
  • Environmental inequalities in England: an area-level study

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Programme Length

Each academic year is divided into three terms.

Two year Master's

Complete eight core specialisations over two years, including four research portfolios and four optional specialisations.

On average, you will dedicate 24 hours per week to study.

YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 13 core specialisations2 core specialisations and 1 optional speicialisation2 core specialisations and 1 optional specialisation
Year 22 core specialisations and 1 optional specialisation2 core specialisations and 1 optional specialisationResearch Portfolio 4

Three year Master's

Complete eight core specialisations over two years, plus four research portfolios and choose four optional specialisations.

On average, you will dedicate 18 hours per week to study.

YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 1 (PGCert)2 core specialisations1 core specialisation and 1 elective specialisation1 core specialisation and 1 elective specialisation
Year 2 (PGDip)1 core specialisation and 1 elective specialisation1 core specialisation and 1 elective specialisation1 core specialisation and 1 elective specialisation
Year 3 (Master's)1 core specialisation and 1 elective specialisation2 core specialisationsResearch portfolio 4

Flexibility

The online Global MPH is a chance to earn an MPH degree from a leading program, without disrupting your career. Take the same kind of courses found on campus, with the flexibility to learn from a location of your choosing and to fit around your work, home and social life in collaboration with a global network of classmates, instructors, and alumni.

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