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Master of Public Health (GMPH)

Master of Public Health (GMPH)


Duration: 2 years part-time
Campus: online
ECTS: 90 credits



Whether you’ve already had extensive experience in the public health field or you’re seeking a high-impact and useful career, this new online degree aims to turn you into a leader in this field.

You will have the chance to learn from Northampton experts who are shaping global health policy. This includes researchers who led the most recent fight against the Ebola epidemic, described as the largest, most severe and most complex in the nearly four-decade history of the disease.

As a university ranked in the global top 10, we offer a curriculum that is rooted in evidence-based research skills. It’s a style of learning that relies on learning by discovery, rather than simply memorising facts. The result is graduates who are equipped with knowledge and a transferable set of skills to be able to make a unique contribution in protecting and improving public health.

Find out more about the course and admissions process in our upcoming webinar.

Who the course is for

This course is aimed at students from a variety of different backgrounds in medicine, health policy, academic research and others.

They may represent different professional backgrounds but there is one common thread: The calling to help make the world healthier and safer for all.


What you study


You study biostatistics, epidemiology and health systems, and hone your research skills by exploring issues that affect your own community.

Each academic year is divided into three terms.

Over the two years, you complete eight core specialisations, including a research portfolio and choose four optional specialisations.


  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 1
  • 3 core specialisations
  • 2 core specialisations
  • 1 optional specialisation
  • 2 core specialisations
  • 1 optional specialisation
Year 2
  • 2 core specialisations
  • 1 optional specialisation
  • 2 core specialisations
  • 1 optional specialisation
  • 1 core specialisation*


Northampton online learning environment


The Global Master of Public Health programme will be delivered as a fully online degree, via Coursera. This online programme will have comparable learning outcomes and results to the on-campus MPH programme which currently exists.

As an established and global learning provider, Coursera use high-touch and innovative learning features to provide high quality degree learning experiences. Teaching and learning on the programme will be delivered through the Coursera platform using a range of methods including:

  • pre-recorded lectures and video capture
  • slide-decks with audio commentary
  • practical exercises in coding and analysis
  • asynchronous peer-to-peer and staff-moderated discussion forums
  • synchronous scheduled live tutorials
  • discussion forums and office hours
  • discussion prompts

The assessment methods, also delivered through the Coursera platform, include:

  • online quizzes
  • video blogs
  • case study review discussions
  • coding exercises

Students will also learn as a cohort through discussion boards (which can be used as assessment through graded discussion prompts) and peer assessed exercises.

These features, ranging from live classroom sessions to group peer sessions, will allow each student to participate in a seamless, flexible, and engaging learning experience and ensure the highest quality online learning environment.





Through this course you will develop a wide range of research skills, underpinned by knowledge of the most pressing global health issues.

As this is a new course, there have not yet been any graduates of the programme. However, the School of Public Health also offers an on-campus MPH, taught at our St Mary’s Campus full time over one academic year. Graduates of this course have gone into leadership roles in academia, government, industry and non-governmental organisations such as the Gates Foundation, the United Nations, and the World Health Organisation.



Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

You take all of the core specialisations listed below.


  • Epidemiology for Public Health
  • Foundations of Public Health Practice 
  • Global Diseases Masterclass 
  • Global Health Challenges and Governance 
  • Health Economics
  • Health Systems Development 
  • Population Health Improvement 
  • Statistics for Public Health

Your research portfolio is made up of each of the four specialisations listed below.


  • Research Portfolio 1: The Research Question
  • Research Portfolio 2: The Study Design
  • Research Portfolio 3: Core Research Skills
  • Research Portfolio 4: Research in Practice

You choose four optional specialisations from the list below.


  • Advanced Statistics
  • Digital Health
  • Global Health Innovations
  • Health Data Sciences
  • Infectious Disease Modelling
  • Participatory Methods in Public Health
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Social Epidemiology for Public Health

Teaching and assessment


Teaching methods


  • Core research skills
  • Designing a research study
  • Discussion prompts
  • Group-chat/video conference discussions and exercises with peers
  • Interactive content including online assessment via video, quizzes, virtual examination
  • Online individual/group presentations
  • Online lectures
  • Online seminars and tutorials
  • Research methods in public health
  • Research project portfolio


Assessment methods


  • Articles and case study reviews
  • Essays
  • Individual and group presentations
  • MCQs and online quizzes
  • Reports and paper reviews
  • Research plan
  • Research project portfolio
  • Video blogs
  • Short answer examinations

Entry requirements


We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Minimum academic requirement

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.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a USA qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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.

English language requirement (all applicants)

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.

How to apply


You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.


Making an application

All applicants to our Master’s courses must apply online.