The Master of Public Health award (MPH) is an internationally recognised qualification in Public Health. It is aimed at a wide range of people from both the UK and abroad, from NHS and non-NHS backgrounds including those in primary or secondary care, health authorities and primary care trusts, nursing and professions related to medicine, health promotion, health care research, health management and anyone wishing to develop a career in public health.
Due to a global, national and local focus on public health developments, the Master of Public Health award has increased in popularity over the last few years. The distance learning route allows overseas students to undertake a University of Wolverhampton degree from their own country. The course is also suitable for those unable to travel into University for on-campus courses whether this is due to child-care difficulties, travel issues or general lack of time to enter traditional modules of study.
WLVGlobal features uploading and downloading of module materials such as guides, regulations, reading and research sources/links as well as virtual classrooms whereby students and module leaders can hold discussions to learn collaboratively.
You will take six 20 credit core modules and the dissertation. The full-time route can be completed over one year, part-time can be completed within two years and by distance learning can be completed between 15 months and two years.
7HW011 - Assessing The Health Needs Of Population:
Health needs assessment is a systematic method for reviewing the health issues facing a population leading to agreed priorities and resource allocation that will improve health and reduce inequalities. This module will enable you to critically assess and evaluate ways in which health and social needs are assessed.
7HW012 - Advanced Research Skills
Advanced research skills will provide you with an in depth knowledge of the research process. You will acquire practical skills for the design and conduct of research studies, including data collection and analysis. This module will enable you to plan a research study to be carried out independently, in fulfilment of the requirements of the Master’s Dissertation.
7HR006 - Leading Transformation and Change
The number one organisational challenge is to bring about beneficial change through organisational transformation and effective change leadership. This module aims to challenge you to consider the practical issues associated with change leadership from a range of different conceptual perspectives.
7HW019 - Health Protection Health Improvement
This module aims to explore the inter-relationship between the protection of public health (the control of communicable diseases) and the improvement of public health through health promotion strategies. It critically reviews techniques and strategies that are implemented nationally and internationally to both protect and improve health
7HW019 - Social Perspectives on Health and Health Policy
The module introduces students to the sociological perspectives needed to understand current health issues. It develops critical understanding of sociological theory, and the skills needed to analyse health policy.
7HW014 - Public Health Epidemiology and Statistics
Two broad themes of health inequalities and global health differences underpin the module. Contemporary public health and epidemiological priorities are explored from a life course perspective. Teaching on epidemiological methodologies and statistics interfaces with and supports the research methods and dissertation modules, preparing you for work in a range of public health arenas.
7HW015 - Research Dissertation (60 credits)
This module is designed to be studied after or in conjunction with the advanced research skills module where your research proposal is planned and assessed. The outcome of the module is to complete an independent project based on the research plan developed for 7HW012
The MPH has been delivered for over a decade at the University and recruits around 60 students per year over two intakes. The success rate is high, mainly attributable to the personal tutor support that is provided to students throughout the taught elements of the award and during research supervision. Students are also supported when they have completed the course through regular email updates, opportunities and reference support for job applications.
If you are an International student, our dedicated International Centre staff will support you with the application process and any Visa issues you may have before entry onto the course and when you study with us.
The University has a long history of providing excellent standards of education to students and has been commended for its achievement by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA - this is an independent body whose main aim is to review the standards within University and Higher education establishments in the UK – see www.qaa.ac.uk for more information).
The course team are also actively engaged in the Learning for Public Health Network (formerly called the Teaching Public Health Network, supported by the Department of Health). This is a regional teaching enhancement and support group which enables us to ensure that the course aims and outcomes respond to the needs of public health employers (see http://www.lfphwm.org.uk for more information)
Visiting lecturers and honorary lecturers from public health organizations regularly lead classes, sharing their knowledge and experience of contemporary initiatives in public health. Extra curricula activities include a wide range of public lectures within the university.
The Institute of Public Health, Social Work and Care have staff with extensive experience in health care at clinical, managerial and research levels. Research and development are viewed as an integral part of the School’s activities, underpinning learning and teaching within all subject areas. The Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI) is a multi-disciplinary partnership within the School of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton. Our aim is to develop a new understanding between higher education and, health and social care organizations, and businesses to improve planning, delivery and evaluation of services, and development of people. Our vision is to work to continuously improve upon the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, promoting health and social well-being, and contributing to the development of appropriate policies and interventions locally, nationally and internationally.
Emaan Syed, MPH student
Emaan Syed had never studied at university before, but when she moved to Walsall and left her full-time job to pursue the Master of Public Health, she chose the University of Wolverhampton, particularly as the course was offered as a 1-year programme.
“I had never been in a university before, and my first impressions of the University of Wolverhampton were very good. I was invited to an induction before the course commenced which was very useful. We also had an opportunity to meet the lecturers and have a look around the University. I was impressed with the facilities and the modern, but friendly feel to the University. I also noticed many mature students like myself so I felt I would not be out of place.”
“The course was well structured and we were informed of the course plan and deadlines at the outset. I enjoyed how the modules were spaced and though the course was very intense there was a lot of support available from the lecturers. Even though I was very nervous about attending a university I never had a problem making friends or approaching staff. I was so well settled that the University became my second home during my studies.”
Emaan was particularly impressed with the ease of access and quality of the facilities offered.
“I really enjoyed the Learning Centre. The décor and the set up were well suited to all ages. There were places you could just sit and chill out as well as study in strict quiet locations. The long hour access really helped and even though I would study until midnight on most days I was never afraid to walk back to my car.”
Like many students, Emaan encountered unexpected difficulties during her studies, and found that the support services available to her made a real difference in enabling her to continue with, and successfully complete her studies. “The most important thing for me whilst at the University was the support I was offered when I became ill during my studies. It was this support from staff that made me feel I have to persevere and complete the course.”
“I believe there is a good support structure in place for students who want to complete their qualification and staff members are very understanding to individual needs and circumstances. Even though the course is intense and difficult, it is well designed with support in place for students.”
Sani Baraya Wamakko, MPH student
Sani Baraya Wamakko, from Nigeria, is one of many international students enjoying his course and impressed with the quality of teaching, activities and opportunities offered at the University of Wolverhampton.
As a medical laboratory scientist, Sani chose to study the Master of Public Health (MPH) at Wolverhampton to progress his career. “I had been serving with the government hospital as head of the medical laboratory department on various public health issues, working with international NGOs like the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Family Health International and various HIV/TB integrated activities. This was where I first developed an interest to study MPH at the University of Wolverhampton.
Sani is very pleased with the knowledge and teaching of the staff, and felt welcomed and accepted by fellow students. “The University’s staff are friendly, caring, efficient and skill-minded to their respective disciplines of work. Students are co-operative, disciplined and courageous to penetrate knowledge from both lecturers and colleagues through learning, questions and group discussions.”
He has thoroughly enjoyed his course, including the modules, structure and management of the classes, as well as the additional facilities. “I enjoy the Harrison Learning Centre’s academic guides and workshops. The modules are very interesting compared to the current public health strategies and the lecturers are very good: able, dedicated and experts in their academic field. They enable students’ understanding and ability to assimilate information effectively. I like all the modules and as a public health practitioner will use the knowledge I gained to exhibit the quality of my University both academically and professionally.”
Sani feels he has gained many skills and the course has helped him achieve his aims. “I can make epidemiological studies: adopting different models, approaches, skills, techniques and theories in public health, epidemiology and statistics.” The course has allowed him to develop advanced research skills, as well as project management skills in leading transformation and change.
Sani graduates in 2014 and would definitely recommend the course, which has taught him about assessing the health needs of a population, health policies and social perspective. “I recommend students intending to study public health to come to the University of Wolverhampton to distinguish them from other university MPH graduates.”
Dr Ogbonna Amanze, MPH graduate 2013
Choosing my course
The community experience in my medical education at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria crystallized my interest in public health. Preventive and social paediatrics fascinated me. However, it was not until 2011, while working as a Resident Doctor in paediatrics in the Middle East, that I took the decision to quit clinical practice in order to follow my passion for public health practice – I made a decision to go for a MPH programme in the United Kingdom.
It was while searching for a UK university offering MPH programmes suitable to the public health challenges confronting developing countries (like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria etc.), that a doctor colleague and friend sold the idea of realising my quality MPH dream at the University of Wolverhampton, as they had done.
I spent time each day going through the School of Health and Wellbeing webpages. As I read of the course content of the MPH programme and about life generally in Wolverhampton, my interest to come to Wolverhampton to pursue my MPH dream grew stronger!
A warm welcome
I finally came down to Wolverhampton in 2012. From the very first day I stepped into the university, I was welcomed by a pleasantly lovely and friendly team of non-academic and academic staff. I was hospitably guided through the registration formalities and induction programmes – some of which were organized by the Students’ Union, and well-tailored to meet the expectations of an international student like me.
I found the university environment very conducive to learning, with a well-equipped library (Harrison Learning Centre), staffed by highly supportive and courteous staff, who are ever ready to assist callers at the library!
The MPH programme modules were well designed to meet the yearnings of students like me- who wanted to get the requisite technical and leadership skills and competence to become key players and stakeholders in contemporary global public health practice. The academic staff were personally committed to rendering quality teaching and intellectual grooming to students, which went a long way in imbuing in me the confidence I now have to stand my ground in the comity of global public health practitioners.
My qualification in action
On completion of my MPH programme, I returned to Nigeria in November 2013. On December 20, 2013, my MPH certificate from University of Wolverhampton secured for me a top job in the Presidency at Abuja, Nigeria, as a Chief Programme Officer, under an agency that coordinates Nigeria’s national HIV/AIDS response, which enjoys great political will and close supervision of Nigeria’s President, His Excellency Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
Gaining the MPH from University of Wolverhampton and my current job are dreams come true. They have offered me a durable platform and wider latitude to play a proactive and critical role in mitigating the public health challenges facing my country, sub-Saharan Africa and the international community.
Career choices encompass many disciplines including roles in public health, health promotion, health statistics, epidemiology, clinical governance, health care research, health technology assessment and public health nursing, where you will find that a Masters-level qualification is increasingly required.
Many of our home students have gone on to work within public health departments in the UK and other related areas of health. International students have developed their careers in public health within their own countries of origin. Students have also gone on to work with the WHO, the UN and other international organizations.
During the course you will analyse practice and policy in health care, developing practical and critical skills – you will also gain a sound understanding of associated theories and will have the opportunity to develop your own special interests and embark on academic research. The programme also covers much of the syllabus required for the Part 1 examinations of the Faculty of Public Health.
The course team are actively engaged in the Learning for Public Health Network (formerly called the Teaching Public Health Network, supported by the Department of Health. This is a regional teaching enhancement and support group which enables us to ensure that the course aims and outcomes respond to the needs of public health employers, see http://www.lfphwm.org.uk/ for more information). They also work closely with the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) which helps to inform policy and practice, working to educate, empower and support communities and individuals to live healthily. The RSPH has a membership of over 6000 health professionals and is therefore the largest body representing public health practice in the UK.
The MPH has been developed with employers needs in mind and covers the main elements of the Faculty of Public Health exams. The educational aims of this course have been informed by the Public health skills and career framework 2008 and by the UK Faculty of Public Health:
One or more of the following will be required:
• You must have a first or upper second-class Honours degree (i.e. 2.1 or above) within a health-related field or equivalent - e.g. medicine, dentistry, nursing/health visiting, environmental health, occupational health, pharmacy, or any other degree deemed appropriate by the award team
• Any 'non-standard' qualification judged by the award team to be equivalent of the above (e.g. a relevant professional qualification or public health-related experience) would warrant admission to the Postgraduate Certificate programme, successful completion of which will enable transfer to the Masters Award - the same conditions will apply to candidates offering a non-Honours degree
• In exceptional circumstances, and after a satisfactory interview with the award leader and/or course team, we would accept a minimum of three years experience at a senior level in a public health or related field.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.
Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.