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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MPH Public Health (International) 12-month duration

Programme code:MPH-PH/ISUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Maryam Ba-Break Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Academic requirements:
Either: Candidates should be medical graduates or health professionals with at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant related subject (for example, allied health field) plus at least 2 years working experience in public health or personal health services;
Or: exceptionally a professional diploma in a health related discipline with 4 years relevant experience in public health.
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) of 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:

School of Medicine Postgraduate Programmes Assessment Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no QAA subject benchmarks specific to a postgraduate programme in public health international against which the programme can be assessed. However, there are several statements about competencies in public health set out by 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
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:
Zwanikken PAC, Alexander L, Huong NT, Qian X, Valladares LM, Mohamed NA, Ying XH, Gonzalez-Robledo MC, Cuu LL, Abuzaid Wadidi MSA, Neupane S, Tahir N, Scherpbier A. Validation of public health competencies and impact variables for low-and middle-income countries. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14(1), 55.
Frenk J, Chen L, BhuttaZA, 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 several programmes in the UK with a focus on public health in an international context. The major selling points of the programme are:
- the opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary environment where learning and teaching is shared with other Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development (NCIHD) postgraduate students
- the accessibility of and support by academic staff for our students
- the diverse and relevant range of option modules including the Geneva study tour
The city of Leeds is a premier student destination because of its multi-culture, variety of student accommodation that are near the university campus, supportive learning environment, 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 active alumni network and the strong international working background of our academics.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates have a choice between Stream A and Stream B. The programme structure for each Stream is show below.
All candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

NUFF5600MMaster of Public Health International: Dissertation45 credits1 Feb to 31 Aug
NUFF5645MIntroduction to Global and Public Health30 credits1 Sep to 30 Nov
NUFF5710MHealth Systems Research Methods15 credits1 Jan to 28 Feb

Optional modules:

All candidates studying Stream A are required to take the following 30-credit module:

NUFF5675MPrinciples of Public Health30 credits1 Nov to 31 Jan

All candidates studying Stream B are required to take the following 30-credit module:

NUFF5655MPrinciples of Health Management, Planning and Policy30 credits1 Nov to 31 Jan

Candidates will also be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

NUFF5001MNon-Communicable Diseases15 credits1 Feb to 31 Mar
NUFF5305MImplications of Conflicts and Emergencies on Health and Healthcare Systems15 credits1 May to 30 June
NUFF5435MHuman Resources Planning and Management for Health15 credits1 Feb to 31 Mar
NUFF5455MSexual and Reproductive Health15 credits1 Feb to 28 Feb (1mth)
NUFF5465MHealth Economics for Developing Health Systems15 credits1 Apr to 31 May
NUFF5475MInternational Health Policy: Geneva Study Tour15 credits1 Jan to 31 May
NUFF5550MMonitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes15 credits01 Jun to 30 Jun (1mth)
NUFF5590MCommunicable Disease Control15 credits1 May to 30 June
NUFF5610MHealth Promotion15 credits1 Apr to 31 May
NUFF5685MHealth Systems Development and Leadership15 credits01 Jun to 30 Jun (1mth)

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:06:51


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