United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a multidisciplinary programme of study that aims to provide graduates and holders of relevant medical or non-medical professional qualifications with the advanced academic background required for leadership roles in public health. The course covers the breadth of public health.

Key benefits:

  • Flexible interdepartmental study programme that can be tailored to reflect your academic interests.
  • Regular speakers from local NHS bodies and central government agencies such as Public Health England and the Department of Health.
  • Combines the development of a strong interdisciplinary foundation in public health with the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in one of four distinct pathways.
  • Primarily UK-focused with emphasis on the prevention and control of disease.

King's College London also offer a 100% online Public Health MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert if the campus based route is not for you.

Who should take this course

A Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours is normally required. Applicants with a 2:2 (or overseas equivalent) will be considered where they offer significant work experience in a related field. A degree level professional qualification in an appropriate subject, normally with some experience in the broad field of public health (or primary care for MPH (Primary Care) applicants) will also be considered.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. Required Modules All students on this course are required to take: - Prevention & Control of Communicable Disease (15 credits) - Basic Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health (15 credits) - Public Health Dissertation (60 credits) Students taking the Primary Care pathway are also required to undertake a Primary Care-focused dissertation topic, and are also required to take: - Delivering Public Health in Primary Care: from Theory to Practice (15 credits) Students taking the Environmental Health pathway are also required to undertake an Environmental Health-focused dissertation topic and are also required to take one of the following:

  • Essentials of Environmental Public Health Science (15 credits)
  • Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection (15 credits)

Students taking the Allied Health pathway are also required to undertake an Allied Health-focused dissertation topic and are also required to take:

  • Exercise as Medicine (15 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, students take sufficient credits to bring their total for the course to 180 from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Further Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health (15 credits)
  • Health Economics (15 credits)
  • Nutrition for Public Health, and the Principles & Practice of Health Promotion (15 credits)
  • Sociology of Health & Illness (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology Applied to Public Health (15 credits)
  • Global Public Health (15 credits)
  • Social Research Methods for Public Health (15 credits)
  • Engaging Publics in Health Research: Theory, Politics and Practices (15 credits)
  • Facilitating Learning in Primary Care (15 credits)
  • Essentials of Environmental Public Health Science (15 credits)
  • Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection (15 credits)
  • Healthcare Public Health (15 credits)
  • Management in Organisations (15 credits)
  • Delivering Public Health in Primary Care: from Theory to Practice (15 credits)

Please note that if you have opted for one of the specialist pathways, and if for any reason we are not able to run the additional required modules for that pathway, it may be necessary to transfer you to the mainstream Master of Public Health award. Some modules may also have limited places. Please see the module lists for further information. If you have any concerns or questions about your proposed selection, please contact the Programme Director or the relevant module lead. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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