Conduct cutting-edge research alongside influential public health leaders & earn a Global MPH from one of the world’s top-10 universities.
The Global Master of Public Health from Imperial College London is a highly respected online Master’s degree programme from one of the top 10 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019). As a Global MPH student, you’ll study biostatistics, epidemiology, health systems, health economics, population health improvement, and more, while honing your research skills by exploring issues affecting your own community.
The postgraduate programme’s curriculum is rooted in evidence-based research skills. You’ll learn from faculty who are shaping global policy, such as researchers who led the fight against the Ebola virus. Ranked as the UK’s most international university (Times Higher Education 2018), Imperial College London is committed to improving public health for people throughout the world.
Global MPH students build strong portfolios while creating projects which model the tasks they will be asked to do as they move forward in their careers, as well as having the opportunity to develop work which can be submitted to peer-reviewed journals. They also learn practical quantitative and qualitative research skills that help evaluate the public health research and policy of their peers.
What makes this MPH degree unique?
• Internationally Respected: One of the top 10-ranked universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019), Imperial College London is also the United Kingdom’s most international university (Times Higher Education 2018), with students and faculty from more than 140 countries.
• Completely Online: Imperial College London’s Global MPH brings the study of epidemiology, health data analytics, and biostatistics to learners around the world. Offered fully online, this Master’s degree enables students to continue working as they learn from a top research institution and make an impact in their home community.
• Proven Career Results in Healthcare: Ranked first for career prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2018, the reputation of an Imperial College London postgraduate degree extends beyond the borders of the United Kingdom and the European Union. Alumni of the School of Public Health go on to roles in academia, government, industry and non-governmental organizations such as the Gates Foundation, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.
• Frequent Access to Faculty: Imperial College London faculty work in cutting-edge fields and come from diverse career backgrounds such as clinicians, researchers, policymakers, biomedical computing experts, and health economists. With regular access to faculty through their office hours and live global classroom sessions, Global MPH students will benefit from each instructor’s unique perspective.
• Applied and Analytical Curriculum: Designed specifically for an online audience and rooted in research, the Global MPH will challenge students to apply their knowledge to real-world health problems and scenarios. You’ll develop an impressive research portfolio to showcase your skills to potential employers. Additionally, you may be able to submit your final research project to a peer-reviewed journal.
• Breakthrough Price Point for a Top Master’s Degree: For 2020 entry, at a total cost of £20,100 (for Islands/Overseas students) and £12,000 (or Home-UK/EU students), Imperial College London’s Global MPH costs less than on-campus alternatives, as well as other top online programmes for international (non UK/European) students. Keep your job while earning the Global MPH degree, by studying online on your own schedule.
Is the online programme the same as the on-campus programme?
For the Global Master’s in Public Health, we’ve redesigned the high quality and multidisciplinary on-campus curriculum for the online environment. To this end the Global Master of Public Health aims to provide a comprehensive grounding in public health for students who wish to pursue or advance careers in public health practice, management and/or research at local, national and/or international levels.This online and part-time degree offers cutting-edge knowledge and skills based on the principles and methods of public health within a creative and supportive, fully-online learning environment. The programme has a special focus on the development of quantitative analytical skills for public health, epidemiology and health services research.
Do graduates of the online programme earn the same degree as graduates of the on-campus programme?
Yes, graduates will earn the same Master of Public Health award as students in the on-campus programme. *Note that this is a UK-based degree. Students seeking specifically to be a public health physician in the US will need to look for a US-accredited programmr instead.
Can you switch between online and on-campus programmes?
The online and on-campus programme will suit different learners in different ways. Whilst both offer a Master of Public Health, the online programme is purely online and is offered for two years, part-time. The on-campus programme is taught in London, over one year and is full-time. Both programmes are highly competitive and we encourage you to apply for the programme that best suits your needs in the first instance. It may not be possible to switch between the two programs if all the places have been filled.
What is the time commitment required? Can working adults complete this programme?
You will be required to take three modules per term, which run in parallel, so in total you should allocate roughly 24 hours a week to the degree programme. The majority of this time will be independent study- watching videos, reading core material, participating in discussion forums, and completing quizzes and peer reviews, though you can also expect to participate in weekly webinars, office hours, and Q&A sessions too. These will be scheduled in advance to help you plan your study time around your other commitments. There will be key assessment deadlines and dates that you will work to throughout.
What is the school year schedule?
For 2020-21 entry to the degree programme, there is one entry point in September 2020.Each academic year is divided into three terms. Complete eight core specialisations over two years, including a research portfolio and four optional specialisations. On average, you will dedicate 24 hours per week to study.
How long does it take to complete the program?
For 2020 entry, the program is offered on a part-time basis, over 24 months (two years).
What career options will I have with this degree?
In public health, the focus is on populations and communities rather than individual patients. There are a number of career options in research, public or government services or voluntary organisations and non-governmental organisations. Starting from a common core, students may develop into roles ranging from public health analysts, health services researchers, communicable disease control consultants, environmental epidemiologists, health policy advisors or directors of public health.
Can I transfer credits into the programme?
For 2020 entry it will not be possible to transfer credits into the programme. You will need to meet the entry requirements of the programme and complete it in full in order to be awarded a Master of Public Health.
Are there online office hours with instructors?
Yes. There will be regular office hours with programme team staff and Faculty members. Outside of this there will be scheduled sessions and webinars where you will have access to Faculty staff who will instruct and support your learning.
Are there networking opportunities to interact with fellow students?
Yes, under the guidance of faculty advisors, you will be working with groups of fellow learners engaged in similar projects as you.
Do the same faculty teach online and on-campus courses?
Yes, many of your instructors will be the same leaders from academic fields such as statistics, epidemiology, and health services research that lecture on campus.
How does the online format work?
The GMPH is a fully online degree program which involves no on-campus attendance at all. It will be taught fully online via the Coursera learning platform and allow learners to flexibly study around their own commitments, like employment, family, hobbies etc. The program is designed in a way to allow learners to independently study for the majority of the program, watching teaching sessions and returning to them around their daily schedule. There will be live and scheduled sessions, or group based work which require pre-organised attendance and engagement throughout. Assessments will also have deadlines and require learners to engage and submit when stated.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
If you have any questions about the degree programme or admissions then please contact a member of the School of Public Health Team via email@example.com.
What are the courses available?
Core specialisations will focus on building core skills and knowledge in epidemiology, the spread and prevention of disease, statistical analysis and modelling, public health practice and global health challenges. The degree has 12 core specialisations across the two years.Students will also be able to build a degree that best suits their interests, through the selection of 4 elective specialisations (out of choice of 8), allowing students to focus their efforts on those areas of study of most importance to them and their future careers.All students will be required to complete a substantive research output, across a number of core research specialisations that make up the research portfolio, which accounts for a third of the course. During the first half of the portfolio, students will learn key knowledge and skills required to design, plan, conduct, analyse and disseminate research in public health through three taught specialisations (research portfolio 1 – 3). Within these specialisations students will start to develop their own research in fully supported learning environment.In the second half, they will finish their research portfolio, which will lead to a draft paper (academic or policy), blog and dissemination plan. In this way students will be supported throughout their project and will enjoy a consistent level of supervision and structured learning.
Do students choose a concentration?
Students will be able to build a degree that best suits their interests, through the selection of 4 elective specialisations (out of a choice of 8), allowing students to focus their efforts on those areas of study of most importance to them and their future careers. For 2020, these specialisations include: Global health innovations, Infectious disease modelling, Quality improvement in healthcare, Advanced statistics, Participatory methods in public health, Social epidemiology for public health, Digital Health and Health Data Sciences.
How many courses can students take at a time?
The degree program requires you to study 3 specialisations a term, for the first term this will be 3 core specialisations, and for the subsequent terms this will be 2 core and 1 elective choice. Term 3 of the final (second) year will require you to undertake the final research portfolio specialisation only.
How many courses are needed to complete the programme?
In total the programme requires you to take 12 core specialisations and choose 4 specialisations from the 8 elective choices available.
How flexible is the schedule?
For 2020/21 entries, the specialisations are scheduled to take place each term according to a fixed schedule.
Are internships part of the programme?
No. The GMPH does not currently offer internships or placements within the degree programme structure.
What are the application requirements?
Normally a minimum 2.1 UK Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in a science subject or MBBS degree (or a comparable qualification recognised by the College).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.English Proficiency requirements are set at the Higher requirement with an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all elements).
Do I need a medical background?
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. However, some students come from different backgrounds and we will consider applicants who do not come from a medical or scientific background.
What are the prerequisites?
For UK StudentsOur 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.The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. For International StudentsWe also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact a member of the School of Public Health Admissions Team via firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I don’t meet admissions requirements?
Applications will be considered for the program based on the entry requirements, which will need to be met, but also the strength of their supporting statement including detail on their proposed research proposal, plus other work, research or relevant experience.Master’s level study is a progression from undergraduate work and is usually more specialised, interdisciplinary, or orientated to a specific profession. It is more intellectually demanding and challenging than undergraduate study. Students sometimes fail to appreciate the intense and demanding nature of Master's level programmes. There is no gradual introduction – the pace is fierce from the outset and it does not subside until the end. This requires a commitment to a sustained period of intensive work right from the start. In addition:• the pace of lecturing is likely to be significantly faster• you will be expected to undertake more directed background reading during the course• you will be expected to arrive at solutions for yourself For this reason the College requires a high academic standard of those seeking admission. International students, in particular, should also recognise the need to be proficient in English at the start of the course, hence the College's English language requirement.
Is work experience required?
Work experience is not essential but will be considered as part of the review process. Applications will be considered for the program based on the entry requirements, which will need to be met, but also the strength of the supporting statement plus other work, research or relevant experience.
Is there an application fee?
No, there is no admissions fee to pay to apply for the program.
How do I apply?
You will need to apply online directly with Imperial College London by registering and applying for the programme via https://imperialuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Apply/ Submitting evidence • To show how you qualify for the course(s) you are applying for, you will need to provide information about the higher qualifications you have achieved or which you’re currently studying.• All Imperial applicants must also show that they have a sufficiently good level of written and spoken English to meet the demands of our challenging academic environment. Find out more about our English language requirements for postgraduate study.• We can process your application more quickly if you upload scanned copies of the academic transcripts and certificates for the higher education qualifications you already hold when you apply.• If you receive an offer we may ask you to provide evidence of your previous qualifications as part of the conditions of your offer. Where this applies, you must send the original physical documents by post (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/after-you-apply/conditions/). References• You will need to provide the names of two people who can provide an academic reference in support of your application. An academic reference could be from, for example: Your personal tutor, Your thesis supervisor, or Your line manager in a research group • One academic and one relevant professional reference may be acceptable – contact the relevant Admissions team for confirmation before you apply (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/contact/).Application feeThere is no application fee.
Is there financial aid?
There are some School of Public Health Scholarships available for the program, which applicants will need to apply for separately and via the Imperial College webpages. These scholarships are not needs based but are competitive and made on the scholarship application submitted. Once students enrol and join the degree program, if they experience financial difficulties, they can contact the Imperial College Student Financial Support Team.
What is the programme cost, and what is the payment schedule?
For the 2020 entry the total programme costs will be £12,000 within the UK for Home/EU fee status students and £20,100 for Overseas/Islands fee status students. You will be required to pay a 10% deposit once you accept your offer to study, within 30 days of receiving the invoice. You will then be required to pay the year 1 fees upfront before you start and then pay for the year 2 fees upfront before you start year 2.
Can I sample a course?
Yes, multiple courses and specialisations from the Global MPH degree are available as open courses for you to try on Coursera before enrolling in the degree. If you complete an open course and enroll in the degree later, you work will count towards your degree. Check the list of open courses.
What are the English proficiency requirements?
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.English Proficiency requirements are set at the Higher requirement with an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all elements).
How do I submit international transcripts?
The application portal will allow you to submit all transcripts and documents needed.
Are there any additional requirements for international students?
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College. 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.