MPH Public Health (Online)

Earn a Masters in Public Health from Scotland’s top-rated University for Health Sciences research.

Public Health (Online)

Key facts

  • Award Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, MPH
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, May 2022, September 2022, January 2023, May 2023
  • Duration MPH part-time: 36 months (September start), 44 months (January/February start), 40 months (May start)
  • Mode of study Online, Part-time, Stand-alone modules

Public health has a central role in influencing health policy, protecting the public and improving population health. As COVID-19 has highlighted, public health filters through all aspects of our lives and the world needs more highly trained and skilled people working directly and indirectly in public health roles who can lead the change towards a healthier and fairer society.  

Whether you’re already involved in public health research, policy and practice, or are planning a career in those areas, this Masters course is designed to support your future career ambitions, either in the UK or abroad.

Shaped by some of the leading thinkers in public health, the course will equip you with unique insights into modern public health theory and methods and teach you how to apply them to your work. You’ll interact with experts in the field as you develop a critical understanding of public health approaches and learn how to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

You can study the course entirely online, making it an ideal option if you want to gain a Masters qualification while working. The module choices are flexible, allowing you to create a tailored programme that suits your own learning needs, interests and goals in public health.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

This course is for anyone who wants to explore the current and emerging issues in public health while reflecting on their own practice, experiences and interests. Through your studies, you’ll learn how to:

  • explore and understand public health theory and techniques appropriate to your own area of interest
  • gain first-hand insight into approaches used by researchers, practitioners and policymakers
  • develop practical and transferable skills, including report writing, team working, literature searching, research methods, and critical appraisal

A distinctive Masters course

This course has a multidisciplinary focus, teaching and delivering both practical and theoretical skills in collaboration with public and third sector partners.

It focuses on how societies, groups and individuals can improve public health and tackle health inequalities, considering both top-down and bottom-up approaches (e.g. government policies versus grassroots movements). There is a focus on helping you develop skills that will be relevant to current and future careers in public health, through individual study and collaborations with other students and staff.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be equipped with expert knowledge and different perspectives from across research, policy and practice, focusing on contemporary public health issues that are relevant locally, nationally and internationally.

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

Our Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport was ranked 1st in Scotland and top 15 in the UK for Health Sciences in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) – highlighting our commitment to producing world-leading research that improves healthcare and reduces health inequalities on a global and local scale.

You’ll be supported in your studies by a group of influential academics with strong and established research records, public health experience and a wealth of world-class publications.

What our students said

Oluwaseun Ajibawo
Oluwaseun Ajibawo
Masters in Public Health
At the University of Stirling, I have been exposed to a wide array of learning tools, journals and books which have made concepts in the MPH course easier to understand. The modules in the course are designed to equip students with knowledge that can be applied globally. The Student learning services also provides numerous resources which help students in overcoming potential areas of difficulty such as critical thinking and writing. Stirling is a forward thinking and innovative university.
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