Global Master of Public Health

A research-driven, flexible degree for the next generation of public health leaders.

The Global Master of Public Health from Imperial College London is a high quality online degree programme from one of the top 10 universities in the world (QS World university Rankings 2019). As a Global MPH student, you’ll study biostatistics, epidemiology, health systems and more. You’ll also hone your research skills by exploring issues that affect your own community.

The programme’s curriculum is rooted in evidence-based research skills. You’ll learn from faculty who are shaping global policy, such as researchers who led the fight against the Ebola virus. Ranked as the UK’s most international university (Times Higher Education 2018), Imperial College London is committed to improving the health of people throughout the world.

Global MPH students build strong portfolios as they create projects that can be submitted to peer-reviewed journals. They also learn practical quantitative and qualitative research skills that help them evaluate the public health research of their peers.

What makes this degree unique?

- Internationally Respected: One of the top 10-ranked universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019), Imperial College London is also the United Kingdom’s most international university (Times Higher Education 2018), with students and faculty from more than 140 countries.

- Completely Online: Imperial College London’s Global MPH brings the study of epidemiology, health data analytics, and biostatistics to learners around the world. Offered fully online, this degree enables students to continue working as they learn from a top research institution and make an impact in their home community.

- Proven Career Results: Ranked first for career prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2018, the reputation of an Imperial College London degree extends beyond the borders of the United Kingdom and the European Union. Alumni of the School of Public Health go on to roles in academia, government, industry and non-governmental organizations such as the Gates Foundation, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.

- Frequent Access to Faculty: Imperial College London faculty work in cutting-edge fields and come from diverse career backgrounds such as clinicians, researchers, policymakers, biomedical computing experts, and health economists. With regular access to faculty through their office hours and live global classroom sessions, Global MPH students will benefit from each instructor’s unique perspective.

- Applied and Analytical Curriculum: Designed specifically for an online audience and rooted in research, the Global MPH will challenge students to apply their knowledge to real-world problems and scenarios. You’ll develop an impressive research portfolio to showcase your skills to potential employers. Additionally, you may be able to submit your final research project to a peer-reviewed journal.

- Breakthrough Price Point for a Top Degree: For 2019/20 entry, at a total cost of £19,440 (for Islands/Overseas students) and £11,300 ( or Home-UK/EU students), the Imperial College London’s Global MPH costs less than on-campus alternatives, as well as other top online programmes for international (non UK/European) students. Since you can study online on your own schedule, you won’t need to leave your job to earn the Global MPH degree.

Who is this degree for:

Whether you’ve already had extensive experience in the public health field or you’re longing to build a high-impact, and useful career, a Global MPH will help shape you into a leader in this field. Students at the School of Public Health come from paths in medicine, health policy, academic research, and more. However, there is one common thread: The calling to help make the world healthier and safer for all.

Tuition:

For 2019/20 entry to the Degree, the total cost of tuition fees for students outside of the UK (Islands/Overseas fee status) is £19,440 and for UK or EU based (Home/EU fee status) is £11,300.

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AT A GLANCE

  • 24 months
    Average of 24 hours per week
  • 16 Specialisations + Research Portfolio
  • £11,300 for UK/EU based (Home/EU fee status), £19,440 for outside UK (Islands/Overseas fee status)
  • Completely online

We anticipate the programme to be very popular and spaces to fill up quickly. We encourage applicants to apply ASAP once applications open on 21st January 2019.

The next cohort starts on September 23rd, 2019. Sign up here for updates.


Final Deadline:

June 30th, 2019

For 2019/20 entry to the degree programme, there is one entry point in September 2019. You will need to apply online directly with Imperial College London by registering and applying for the programme.

Want to learn more before applying?

After answering a few short questions, we’ll be able to help you find out if you’re qualified to apply and give you more information about the degree program.

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Academics

The Global Master of Public Health is a fully online part-time programme, delivered and structured over two-years, with three terms per academic year.

Core specialisations* will 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.

Year one 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

Year two core modules:

  • 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

Students will also be able to 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 their efforts on those areas of study of most importance to them and their future careers.

Elective modules:

  • Global health innovations
  • Infectious disease modelling
  • Quality improvement in healthcare
  • Advanced statistics
  • Participatory methods in public health
  • Social epidemiology for public health
  • Digital Health
  • Health Data Sciences

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

In the second half, they will finish their research portfolio, which will lead to a draft paper (academic or policy), blog and dissemination plan. In this way students will be supported throughout their project and will enjoy a consistent level of supervision and structured learning.

*Imperial College London

  • 16 Specialisations + Research Portfolio
  • 7 projects
  • 24 months
    Average of 24 hours per week

Some of the projects you’ll do...

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

The degree experience is...

100% ONLINE
100% ONLINE

The same kind of courses you’ll find on campus, with the flexibility to learn when and where you want.

INTERACTIVE
INTERACTIVE

Collaborate with a global network of classmates, instructors, and alumni.

ENGAGING
ENGAGING

Innovative courses with lectures from some of the world’s best instructors and hands-on projects.

CAREER-FOCUSED
CAREER-FOCUSED

Practical courses designed to help you master skills that you can start applying to your career right away.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Success

    Apply health research methods, including epidemiology and biostatistics.

  • Success

    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.

  • Success

    Develop towards leading roles in fields like public health analysis, communicable disease control, environmental epidemiology, and global health policy.

Admissions

Requirements

  • Normally a minimum 2.1 UK Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in a science subject or MBBS degree (or a comparable qualification recognised by the College).
  • Suitable applicants are likely to be those with a background in: medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.
  • Mature applicants with relevant academic or professional experience will also be considered.

Application Process

Applications will open on Monday 21st January 2019.

An application will need to be submitted via the Imperial College ‘Apply’ webpage.

We aim to review applications, once all information has been submitted between 6-8 weeks. This allows us to review your application in detail and provide you with a decision.

We are unable to make a decision on your application if we have not received your references or other supporting information related to qualifications or english language requirements, so it is important this information and documents are submitted via the Imperial College online system by your referees quickly.

Tuition & Financial Aid/Financing Options

For 2019/20 entry to the Degree, the total cost of tuition fees for students outside of the UK (Islands/Overseas fee status) is £19,440 and for UK or EU based (Home/EU fee status) is £11,300.

The School of Public Health and Imperial College offer a number of limited Scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition fees. Any one interested in a Scholarship will need to apply separately, directly to the School of Public Health, and also make an application and been made on offer to the degree programme.

In order to apply, please visit the School of Public Health, Imperial College web page.

We anticipate the programme to be very popular and spaces to fill up quickly. We encourage applicants to apply ASAP once applications open on 21st January 2019.

The next cohort starts on September 23rd, 2019. Sign up here for updates.


Final Deadline:

June 30th, 2019

For 2019/20 entry to the degree programme, there is one entry point in September 2019. You will need to apply online directly with Imperial College London by registering and applying for the programme.

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is unique in the UK as the only university to focus solely on science, engineering, medicine and business.

Consistently ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the world, Imperial is home to a global community of scientists, engineers, medics and business experts. They are using their diverse talents to find solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges – like fighting infectious diseases, curing cancer, and addressing the health issues posed by obesity.

This research-led approach shapes the way we educate our students through teaching that opens everything up to question. It’s a style of learning that relies on learning by discovery, preparing graduates who can bring fresh perspectives to the ever-evolving landscape of global health and wellbeing challenges.

School of Public Health

This course is delivered by Imperial’s School of Public Health. Its goal is to achieve a healthier population through:

  • strengthening the public health science base
  • training the next generation of public health leaders
  • influencing health policies and programmes around the world

Its activities contribute to our top five world ranking for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health subjects in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings by Subject 2019 league. Cancer, obesity, heart disease, dementia, and infectious and parasitic diseases are among the global health challenges that the School is working to address through its world leading research programme.

Top 10

university in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2019)

Top 5

for most international university in the UK (Times Higher Education 2017)

1st in UK

for Most Innovative University (Reuters)

Faculty

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The next cohort starts on September 23rd, 2019


Final Deadline:

June 30th, 2019

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • For the Global Master’s in Public Health, we’ve redesigned the high quality and multidisciplinary on-campus curriculum for the online environment. To this end the Global Master of Public Health aims to provide a comprehensive grounding in public health for students who wish to pursue or advance careers in public health practice, management and/or research at local, national and/or international levels.

    This online and part-time degree offers cutting-edge knowledge and skills based on the principles and methods of public health within a creative and supportive, fully-online learning environment. The programme has a special focus on the development of quantitative analytical skills for public health, epidemiology and health services research.

  • Yes, graduates will earn the same Master of Public Health award as students in the on-campus program.

    *Note that this is a UK-based degree. Students seeking specifically to be a public health physician in the US will need to look for a US-accredited program instead.

  • The online and on-campus program will suit different learners in different ways. Whilst both offer a Master of Public Health, the online program is purely online and is offered for two years, part-time. The on-campus program is taught in London, over one year and is full-time. Both programs are highly competitive and we encourage you to apply for the program that best suits your needs in the first instance. It may not be possible to switch between the two programs if all the places have been filled.

  • You will be required to take three specialisations per term, which run in parallel, so in total you should allocate roughly 24 hours a week to the degree programme. The majority of this time will be independent study- watching videos, reading core material, participating in discussion forums, and completing quizzes and peer reviews, though you can also expect to participate in weekly webinars, office hours, and Q&A sessions too. These will be scheduled in advance to help you plan your study time around your other commitments. There will be key assessment deadlines and dates that you will work to throughout.

  • The full and detailed learning schedule will be communicated before the program starts. For 2019/20 entry the program will hold it’s online ‘induction’ program during the w/c 23rd September and the program will start w/c 30th September 2019.

  • For 2019/20 entry, the program is offered on a part-time basis, over 24 months (two years).

  • In public health, the focus is on populations and communities rather than individual patients. There are a number of career options in research, public or government services or voluntary organisations and non-governmental organisations. Starting from a common core, students may develop into roles ranging from public health analysts, health services researchers, communicable disease control consultants, environmental epidemiologists, health policy advisors or directors of public health.

  • For 2019/20 entry it will not be possible to transfer credits into the program. You will need to meet the entry requirements of the program and complete it in full in order to be awarded a Master of Public Health.

  • Yes. There will be regular office hours with program team staff and Faculty members. Outside of this there will be scheduled sessions and webinars where you will have access to Faculty staff who will instruct and support your learning.

  • Yes, under the guidance of faculty advisors, you will be working with groups of fellow learners engaged in similar projects as you.

  • Yes, many of your instructors will be the same leaders from academic fields such as statistics, epidemiology, and health services research that lecture on campus.

  • The GMPH is a fully online degree program which involves no on-campus attendance at all. It will be taught fully online via the Coursera learning platform and allow learners to flexibly study around their own commitments, like employment, family, hobbies etc. The program is designed in a way to allow learners to independently study for the majority of the program, watching teaching sessions and returning to them around their daily schedule. There will be live and scheduled sessions, or group based work which require pre-organised attendance and engagement throughout. Assessments will also have deadlines and require learners to engage and submit when stated.

  • If you have any questions about the degree programme or admissions then please contact a member of the School of Public Health Team via gmph-queries@imperial.ac.uk.

    • Core specialisations will 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. The degree has 12 core specialisations across the two years.
    • Students will also be able to build a degree that best suits their interests, through the selection of 4 elective specialisations (out of choice of 8), allowing students to focus their efforts on those areas of study of most importance to them and their future careers.
    • All students will be required to complete a substantive research output, across a number of core research specialisations that make up the research portfolio, which accounts for a third of the course. During the first half of the portfolio, students will learn key knowledge and skills required to design, plan, conduct, analyse and disseminate research in public health through three taught specialisations (research portfolio 1 – 3). Within these specialisations students will start to develop their own research in fully supported learning environment.
    • In the second half, they will finish their research portfolio, which will lead to a draft paper (academic or policy), blog and dissemination plan. In this way students will be supported throughout their project and will enjoy a consistent level of supervision and structured learning.
  • Students will be able to 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 their efforts on those areas of study of most importance to them and their future careers. For 2019/20, these specialisations include: Global health innovations, Infectious disease modelling, Quality improvement in healthcare, Advanced statistics, Participatory methods in public health, Social epidemiology for public health, Digital Health and Health Data Sciences.

  • The degree program requires you to study 3 specialisations a term, for the first term this will be 3 core specialisations, and for the subsequent terms this will be 2 core and 1 elective choice. Term 3 of the final (second) year will require you to undertake the final research portfolio specialisation only.

  • In total the program requires you to take 12 core specialisations and choose 4 specialisations from the 8 elective choices available.

  • For 2019/20 entry, the specialisations are scheduled to take place each term according to a fixed schedule.

  • No. The GMPH does not currently offer internships or placements within the degree program structure.

    • Normally a minimum 2.1 UK Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in a science subject or MBBS degree (or a comparable qualification recognised by the College).
    • Suitable applicants are likely to be those with a background in: medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.
    • Mature applicants with relevant academic or professional experience will also be considered.
    • English Proficiency requirements are set at the Higher requirement with an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all elements).
  • Suitable applicants are likely to be those with a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences. Mature applicants with relevant academic or professional experience will also be considered. However, some students come from different backgrounds and we will consider applicants who do not come from a medical or scientific background.

  • For UK Students

    • Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in science subject or an MBBS medical degree. Suitable applicants are likely to be those with a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.
    • Mature applicants with relevant academic or professional experience will also be considered.
    • The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

    For International Students

    • We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College. If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact a member of the School of Public Health Admissions Team via gmph-queries@imperial.ac.uk
    • Applications will be considered for the program based on the entry requirements, which will need to be met, but also the strength of their supporting statement including detail on their proposed research proposal, plus other work, research or relevant experience.
    • Master’s level study is a progression from undergraduate work and is usually more specialised, interdisciplinary, or orientated to a specific profession. It is more intellectually demanding and challenging than undergraduate study. Students sometimes fail to appreciate the intense and demanding nature of Master's level programmes. There is no gradual introduction – the pace is fierce from the outset and it does not subside until the end. This requires a commitment to a sustained period of intensive work right from the start. In addition:
      • the pace of lecturing is likely to be significantly faster
      • you will be expected to undertake more directed background reading during the course
      • you will be expected to arrive at solutions for yourself
    • For this reason the College requires a high academic standard of those seeking admission. International students, in particular, should also recognise the need to be proficient in English at the start of the course, hence the College's English language requirement.
  • Work experience is not essential but will be considered as part of the review process. Applications will be considered for the program based on the entry requirements, which will need to be met, but also the strength of the supporting statement plus other work, research or relevant experience.

  • No, there is no admissions fee to pay to apply for the program.

  • You will need to apply online directly with Imperial College London by registering and applying for the programme via https://imperialuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Apply/

    • Submitting evidence
    • To show how you qualify for the course(s) you are applying for, you will need to provide information about the higher qualifications you have achieved or which you’re currently studying.
    • All Imperial applicants must also show that they have a sufficiently good level of written and spoken English to meet the demands of our challenging academic environment. Find out more about our English language requirements for postgraduate study.
    • We can process your application more quickly if you upload scanned copies of the academic transcripts and certificates for the higher education qualifications you already hold when you apply.
    • If you receive an offer we may ask you to provide evidence of your previous qualifications as part of the conditions of your offer. Where this applies, you must send the original physical documents by post (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/after-you-apply/conditions/).

    • References
    • You will need to provide the names of two people who can provide an academic reference in support of your application. An academic reference could be from, for example: Your personal tutor Your thesis supervisor Your line manager in a research group
    • One academic and one relevant professional reference may be acceptable – contact the relevant Admissions team for confirmation before you apply (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/contact/).

    • Application fee
    There is no application fee.

  • There are some School of Public Health Scholarships available for the program, which applicants will need to apply for separately and via the Imperial College webpages. These scholarships are not needs based but are competitive and made on the scholarship application submitted.

    Once students enrol and join the degree program, if they experience financial difficulties, they can contact the Imperial College Student Financial Support Team.

  • The total program costs will be £11,300 within the UK for Home/EU fee status students and £19,440 for Overseas/Islands fee status students. You will be required to pay a 10% deposit once you accept your offer to study, within 30 days of receiving the invoice. You will then be required to pay the year 1 fees upfront before you start and then pay for the year 2 fees upfront before you start year 2.

  • Yes, the Statistical Analysis with R for Public Health Specialization is now available via the Coursera learning platform.

Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

  • All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College. For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

    English Proficiency requirements are set at the Higher requirement with an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all elements).

  • The application portal will allow you to submit all transcripts and documents needed.

  • The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College. If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.