• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12-24 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time

This course focuses on techniques which can be applied in in public health practice and research for a wide variety of health related professions.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Are you interested in worldwide medical issues and learning the practical skills to help confront them?

Our Master of Public Health course (MPH) focuses on the epidemiological, statistical, and behavioural techniques which are applicable to public health practice and research around the globe.

You will learn how to design and carry out public health research, gaining the skills to improve the health of communities on a local, national and global scale.  You will also have the opportunity to improve and enhance your generic and transferable skills. With the help of our team of dedicated teaching staff, this course can offer an ideal starting point for a career in public health practice, or for further study at PhD level.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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How you will be taught

  • Lectures
  • Guest lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical classes
  • Tutorials

How you will be assessed

  • Written assignments
  • Examinations
  • Online discussion
  • Dissertation

What you will study


These modules are being updated for September 2020 entry, information will be published before you start your course.


Semester 1

Number of credits: 15

In this module you will learn the terminology and concepts of basic statistics – such as central tendency, variability, normal distribution, frequency and probability. This will enable you to apply and interpret the results of descriptive and inferential statistics.

Number of credits:15 

This module will introduce you to the foundational principles of epidemiology, including concepts such as mortality, morbidity, and disease distribution, as well as the major research designs used to collect data and approaches to the analysis and interpretation of data.

Number of credits: 20 

This module will provide an introduction to the history, development and current importance of public health in our societies; highlighting major public health issues in a local, national and global context, and to identify techniques and strategies for addressing them.

Number of credits: 5

This module will support you in developing the skills necessary to present research data in a range of formats.

Semester 2

Number of credits: 10

This module will develop your understanding of the theories, methodologies, and techniques commonly used in behavioural and social science, and their application to wider public health issues.

Number of credits: 15

Through this module you will be introduced to specialised statistical procedures for use with record-linked routine observational data, including handling missing data, and developing clinical prediction rules.

Number of credits: 10

In this module you will develop your skills in understanding statistical issues in clinical trials during the design and process of the trial, and to analyse, report and appropriately implement the results.

Number of credits: 10

In this module you will learn the relevant skills necessary to design a research study, culminating in the creation of a model grant application relevant to population health research.

Number of credits: 5

In this module you will develop the skills necessary to use, produce, and interpret spatial epidemiology and disease mapping.

Number of credits: 10

This module supports the development of transferable skills, which will enable you to design, analyse, interpret, and write up an epidemiological study.

Number of credits: 5

This module will provide you with the skills to design, carry out, interpret and report a systematic review.

Semester 3

Number of credits: 60

In your final module you will use all of your knowledge gained on the course, as well as guidance from our teaching staff, to produce a substantial piece of written work, which will demonstrate integrative, analytical and critical skills.

Worldwide, there is a recognition that public health will be a priority for governments, health professionals, and academics in the future – and a UK public health masters course is recognised the world over. The University of Dundee's MPH course prepares students for research and management careers in a wide variety of medical and health-related disciplines.

Previous students graduating with the MPH from Dundee have taken up management positions in public health practice, nursing, education, government, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and NGOs. Others have taken research positions within academic public health, general practice, veterinary medicine, dentistry, environmental health, and more.

In addition to providing a solid foundation upon which to build a career, the MPH is also an ideal springboard for further postgraduate study.

What I loved about being in Dundee was the almost seamless blend between the University environment and the city. It is a small city where you can find everything you want, with nice places to shop. I also visited some sites of importance such as the Discovery Point, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee Ice Arena and also the DUSA building where students meet to socialise.

The learning environment is so friendly and there is help available any time. We had excellent resident and visiting lecturers, gave presentations, worked on team projects on current public health issues, and worked individually on our research projects. This combination of experiences provided me with the knowledge and skills to take up a fellowship program with the West African College of Physicians on my return to Nigeria.

Ibrahim Bashir
Assistant Director of Public Health with the Presidency of Nigeria

I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering a career in public health. While the essential modules are in-depth and challenging, you feel supported through the whole semester by the excellent teaching staff. The MPH offers fantastic practical training in statistics and clinical trials, and also includes teaching in the more complex and innovative aspects of public health, like using health data linkage.

Not only does the course prime students for their career, it also helps you develop your independence in research. Having recently completed the course I am now working in a research role at a UK university on an exciting public health project. I can say that choosing the MPH at Dundee has been extremely rewarding, the skillset I have gained in such a short 1-year course is unbelievable.

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Gillian Smith
Graduate 2018

To be eligible to register for the MPH, students should normally hold a first class or upper second class degree. Entry is normally restricted to graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing and health-related sciences. Exceptionally, students are accepted without a first degree but in such instances they should have professional qualifications and hold senior posts.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £16,950 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,650
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £18,150
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowPublic Health MPHP022924

Course Contact

Dr Julian Davis
+44 (0)1382 383987