Master of Public Health (MPH)

Performing the core functions of public health knowledge to bring about social action.

MPH Public Health

Increasing inequalities continue to challenge quality of life and life expectancy improvements across the world. An ageing population, increased chronic disease burden, migration, environmental damage and climate change continue to highlight the need for an international workforce to take forward the public health agenda.

Join a university aligned to the global public health research agenda. Learn from our experienced teaching team working with researchers, graduates and external public health employers as part of an international force for the common good. Glasgow Caledonian University’s Master of Public Health aims to prevent disease, promote health, and protect the health and well-being of the public through education, research and public health practice and service.

Study in Glasgow and London; on campus or remotely, you will realise the following key learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of health inequalities and the social determinants of health
  • Awareness of data and ability to assess the population’s health and well-being
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of public health interventions, programmes and services
  • Understand how to develop and implement public health policy and strategy
  • Gain an understanding of health protection and public health intelligence
  • Understand the key role of health economics in public health
  • Have the ability to interpret statistical methods to make appropriate recommendations
  • Propose evidence based interventions to address health inequalities using a social action approach


Your career

The programme is flexible to your career needs and provides four exit awards:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health with Social Action
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health


Graduate employability is enhanced by external guest lectures and industry-led programme design which has been mapped to the Faculty of Public Health Core competency levels throughout.

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What you will study

  • The Principles and Theory of Public Health Practice
  • Epidemiology: Principles, Application and Evaluation in Practice
  • Social Action Approaches in Public Health
  • Health Economics
  • Applied Statistics and Data Analysis for Public health
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Option modules: One module from the following list will run each year based on the cohort preference:

  • Navigating the Policy Context
  • Infection Prevention and Control in a Global Context
  • Evidence Based Public Health

“We have guest lecturers delivered by public health practitioners so you will get to see how they work, and have the opportunity to interact and build your network.”

Dr Razak Abubakari (Programme Leader)

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to have a UK Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, at grade 2.2 or above within a relevant field.  If you can demonstrate experience or previous learning you will also be considered by submitting a Recognition of Prior Learning Application.

However, each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If applicants do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, they may be eligible to enter this programme via the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Students whose first language is not English will need IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with no element less than 6.0).


Home (including Scotland): £8700 | International (including EU): £13500

Home (including Scotland): £8700 | International (including EU): £13500

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

For details of part-time and distance-learning fee rates, please make an enquiry today.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.


We have a range of scholarship for this course. Find information about our scholarships from the menu at the top of this page.

“Student life in GCU London is colorful. For me, it’s not just about academics. At GCU London they give you chance to be academic but also to be social. They have a lot of seminars, social gatherings, and a big community to join.”

Rizal Al Idrus (Public Health)

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