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MPH Public Health - Health Management, Planning and Policy (International) 12-month duration

Programme code:MPH-PH/IPPSUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Mayeh Omar Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Academic requirements:-
Either: Candidates should be health or allied professionals with at least a 2:2 honours degree or an international equivalent in a related subject (for example, medicine, allied health field, social sciences, management or administration), plus at least 2 years' working experience in a health service;
Or: exceptionally a professional diploma in a health related discipline with 4 years' relevant experience.
English language requirements:
Candidates whose first language is not English or who have not been educated previously in English will need to attain ONE of the following:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - - 92 with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Medicine, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Postgraduate Programmes Examination Board - School of Medicine

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

While there are no QAA subject benchmarks for a Master of Public Health (International) - HMPP, the programme objectives in this programme are in line with those of global competitors. Programme benchmarks are included in the programme specifications in Section F. However, there are several statements about competencies in public health set out in different documents from high income countries and one international organisation (PAHO/WHO) which can serve as a guidance for this programme:

Pan American Health Organization. Core Competencies for Public Health: A Regional Framework for the Americas. Edition translated and adapted. Washington, DC: PAHO, 2013. Available online at:
Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence. NSW Public Health Training Program Competency Framework. Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health, 2014. Available online at:
Public Health Agency of Canada. Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada: Release 1.0. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada. 2007. Available online at:
Public Health Resource Unit. Public Health Skills and Career Framework Multidisciplinary/multi-agency/multi-professional. 2008 (updated March 2009). NHS Health Education England. Available online at:
UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework 2013. NHS Health Education England. Available online at:
Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Revised and Adopted by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice: June 26, 2014). Washington, DC: Public Health Foundation (PHF), 2014 Available online at:
Frenk J, Chen L, Bhutta ZA, Cohen J, Crisp N, Evans T, et al. Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world. Lancet. 2010; 376: 1923-58.

Programme specification:

The programme at Leeds is one of the few programmes in the UK to offer a focus on health management, planning and policy. This focus, provides the opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary environment where learning and teaching is shared with other NCIHD postgraduate students, visits to UK-NHS organisations, along with the Geneva study tour. These are major selling points of the programme. The city of Leeds is a premier student destination because of its multi-culture, variety of student accommodation within close proximity to the university campus, a supportive learning environment (libraries, computer clusters, work space, dedicated post-graduate facilities), and low cost of living compared to that of London. The NCIHD and the University of Leeds are brands that attract students as does the strong international working background of our academics.

The programme offers an expanded focus on the key concepts and conceptual frameworks of health systems strengthening and models of health planning and management tools by using internationally established principles and applying them to a local context. This is highly innovative, cutting-edge learning, and to the best of our knowledge, unique to this programme. The Geneva study tour sets the Leeds programme apart; the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor estimates that approximately one third of applicants mention the Geneva trip in their applications.

The new programme title of MPH will ensure the programme keeps pace with equivalent programmes in the UK and other European countries, eg, MPH ----- (at KIT); MPH ------- in London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; MPH ------ in Liverpool School of Tropical Medical Medicine, etc. In some international contexts MPH degrees carry greater recognition for career progression than Master of Arts, thus enhancing the programme’s attractiveness.

The option of doing the programme over a period of 18 months instead of 12 months similar to other programmes in the UK and other European countries is another unique selling point for students from countries in the Middle East and India who place less value on a postgraduate degree of 12 months duration.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

NUFF5600MMaster of Public Health International: Dissertation45 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5645MIntroduction to Global and Public Health30 creditsSemester 1
NUFF5655MPrinciples of Health Management, Planning and Policy30 creditsSemester 1
NUFF5710MHealth Systems Research Methods15 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

NUFF5001MNon-Communicable Diseases15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5305MImplications of Conflicts and Emergencies on Health and Healthcare Systems15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5435MHuman Resources Planning and Management for Health15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5455MSexual and Reproductive Health15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5465MHealth Economics for Developing Health Systems15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5475MInternational Health Policy: Geneva Study Tour15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5550MMonitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5590MCommunicable Disease Control15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5610MHealth Promotion15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5635MEpidemiology and Biostatistics for Health System Strengthening15 creditsSemester 2
NUFF5685MHealth Systems Development and Leadership15 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 26/07/2018


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