MPH Public Health


Program Description

MPH Public Health


An MPH is an internationally recognized qualification opening up many employment opportunities throughout the world.

The course equips students with the knowledge and skills base to pursue a career in public health or other health-related leadership roles.

The curriculum for the MPH at Queen’s is aligned very closely to the syllabus for the professional exams for the UK Faculty of Public Health.

The MPH is designed to introduce students to:

  • The 'science' of public health practice: a robust, systematic and evidence-based approach to define and understand population health issues and problems.
  • The 'art' of public health practice - interpersonal and organizational skills to work in partnership with others; influence decisions; support implementation of policy, programmes or interventions; and effect real change. It aims to identify optimal solutions for health gain within available resources.
  • A global perspective on public health, including the health of underserved areas in Lower and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)


In collaboration with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland and other key local stakeholders, Queen's hosts one of five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in the UK to encourage multidisciplinary working and increase capacity to address complex population-level health issues.

One of our strengths is the small class size (typically around 20 students per year) which enables very close liaison between staff and students. You will be based in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health, Northern Ireland, which is one of five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in the UK, and you will be taught and mentored by world-class researchers.

You will also be exposed to a wide range of public health leaders and practitioners who are working in the field of Public Health, making real changes to benefit the health of populations. There is an emphasis on global aspects of public health and emerging threats and challenges and the course attracts students from all over the world.


Programme content is based on the Diploma (Part A) Examination Syllabus for Membership of the UK Faculty of Public Health, this MPH comprises two taught semesters plus one research-based component. Semesters 1 and 2 involve a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials and group work and Semester 3 focuses on the dissertation.

Semester 1 modules

Introduce core concepts, methodologies, and approaches, with an emphasis on critical thinking and the application of new knowledge:

  • Determinants of Health and Health Improvement (Pt 1)
  • Medical Statistics
  • Public Health Sciences

Semester 2 modules

Focus on public health practice within the three principal domains/modules:

  • Determinants of Health and Health Improvement (Pt 2)
  • Health and Social Care Systems
  • Health Protection

Optional Modules:

  • Advanced Public Health Practice
  • Global Health

Semester 3

Students are also required to complete an appropriate, discrete, academic or service public health dissertation project to integrate and apply public health-related knowledge and skills. There may be opportunities to work with local public health organizations and opportunities to conduct projects in underserved areas of LMICs can be arranged.


Assessment is by a variety of methods including written examination, written assignments, and oral presentations. A 10-15,000 word dissertation is required.


At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable the student to achieve their full academic potential.

On this course, we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Classes are in the morning and afternoon through a combination of course lectures, practical experiences and Self-directed study to enhance employability.



A 2.1 Honours degree or above in a health-related subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications or experience may be considered, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisite academic requirement. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview.


International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.


MPH graduates will have the skills and knowledge foundation to pursue public health career opportunities in the health and social care sector, health-related non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and in both teaching and research departments in universities.

On completion of the course, graduates are well placed to undertake the professional examinations of the UK or Irish Faculty of Public Health and may go on to pursue a career in Public Health, either locally in the UK/Ireland or internationally, including careers focussed on the health needs of LMIC’s

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to network with prospective employers.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

What types of jobs do students go on to do after finishing the Masters in Public Health?

Some of our students go on to pursue further Ph.D. study in areas of health research and epidemiology here in Northern Ireland, in other parts of the UK and overseas.

Other students go on to work in both the private and public sector. The following are some of the jobs they have taken on:

  • Senior Regulatory Specialist at Beam Suntory
  • Health Advisor, Medair, Middle East Region
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast
  • Technical graduate, Kerry Group
  • DPhil student in Population Health, University of Oxford
  • Project Coordinator at Save the Children International
  • Ph.D. Student CPH
  • Registered Dietitian, Craigavon
  • Project Team Member, Northern Ireland Baby Hearts Study
  • Epidemiology Program Specialist at Pennsylvania Department of Health


There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

Postgraduate loans

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Last updated Jul 2019

About the School

The Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast has a reputation for excellence in education and research - a reputation which is reflected in our position in the top ... Read More

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