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Public Health

Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MPH
Not suitable for international students
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Faculty of Health Studies
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The Bradford MPH is designed for those looking to move into public health, policy or community development at a senior level, and is suitable for candidates from diverse undergraduate study backgrounds and / or professional experience. The programme retrains students into future healthcare leaders who understand health policy, community change, human behaviour change, or health service design. 

The Bradford MPH addresses the central practice dilemma for public health today – how to address the challenges of an ageing society suffering from increasing and multiple chronic diseases in a context of standstill or diminishing resources.

The programme develops strategic leaders with a comprehensive, analytical and critical understanding of the wider determinants of population health and well-being. The programme places emphasis on leadership and strategic thinking, developed through comprehensive qualitative and quantitative research, analysis and evaluation.

Graduates will be equipped to address contemporary Public Health challenges such as changing health demographics, health inequalities, problems of access, quality, and continuity of care, and ageing and end of life care. It will help healthcare professionals to find creative policy solutions and implement tailored practice-interventions. Graduates will be change agents identifying ways to address health problems but also to innovate by building on community and health service assets to enhance the quality of life for millions of people in a safe, ethical and cost effective way.

The programme is be tailored to the demographic and epidemiological challenges of contemporary urban societies - the diseases of affluence and ageing, and the marginalized and vulnerable populations produced by these kinds of settings. The focus on infectious disease management and international health, though necessarily addressed in our curriculum, will not receive concentrated focus as it does in so many other MPH programmes in the UK.

MPH students will have access to the new DHEZ Academic Building. This centre, opening in 2017, provides patient services in pathology, optometry, physiotherapy, and community pharmacy. It also houses a health promotion unit specialising in ageing and end of life care issues, and an evaluation and trials unit designed to evaluate new health technologies designed by businesses.

There are also innovative partnerships with primary health/GP providers as well as new mental health promotion programmes (e.g. Recovery Colleges) that students will access either in demonstration events or within actual teaching modules that encourage students to meet with the actual academic researchers and innovators behind these programmes.

The academic team behind the programme include University of Bradford 50th Anniversary Chair Professor Allan Kellehear, and a transdisciplinary development team including the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences and School of Engineering at the University of Bradford.

The programme is offered on a full and part-time basis to accommodate the needs of professionals working in industry. The programme can be studied over 12 months full time, or two years part time (up to five years by credit accumulation).

Programme specialisms

The Bradford MPH offers the following specialisms:

  • Leadership and Management development, through qualitative and quantitative research, analysis and evaluation plus core competencies, combined with an understanding of wider determinants of public health
  • Pharmaceuticals, concentrating on Pharmacy, health impact assessment and Epidemiology & Biostatistics plus research methods
  • Long Term Conditions, concentrating on health-promoting palliative care, health impact assessment and Epidemiology & Biostatistics plus research methods
  • Health Informatics, concentrating on digital technologies, I.T, and applications and data in the public health arena

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

The programme has been mapped onto the Faculty of Public Health syllabus for the Part A examinations of the Faculty of Public Health and up to Level 7 of the Public Health Skills and Career Framework (Public Health Resource, 2008.) Specialism is possible through the choice of elective modules and dissertation topic.

Why Bradford?

The Bradford MPH builds on a long history in and an excellent reputation for taught postgraduate training in Public Health at the University of Bradford.

A practical degree with instant international recognition, an MPH is the "MBA" of the health world - one that will add both prestige and practice skills to enhance or change your current career.

The Bradford MPH provides training in public policy, health care practice development, epidemiology, and community development that focusses on skills for change, making it a must-have qualification for those wishing to address the contemporary challenges of public health or undertake research in the public health field.

The programme has been developed by leading academics in the field of public health, and the cross Faculty nature of the programme enables students to benefit from wide ranging transdisciplinary teaching and learning experiences, and have access to a variety of cutting-edge equipment and facilities. The programme will also draw on specialist knowledge from the Bradford Institute of Health Research and Bradford District Metropolitan Council Public Health department.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree or the overseas equivalent.

Applicants with a lower second class (2:2) honours degree and a minimum of two years professional public health related experience may also be considered. A degree level professional qualification in an appropriate subject, normally with some experience in the broad field of public health will also be considered

English language requirements:

English language IELTS 6.5.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Module Information:

Semester 1

Introduction to Public Health (20 credits) core

The module will explore the history, ideological, political and philosophical underpinning of contemporary public health within a globalised and localised context. The module considers contemporary national and international policy, the relevance and importance of public health to contemporary health care practice and the implications for the health of individuals, groups and communities.

Epidemiology & Biostatistics (20 credits) core

This module provides an introduction to the basic concepts in statistics and the main epidemiological methods used to identify and quantify disease and associated risks.

Optional Modules

Long Term Conditions (20 credits) core for Long Term Conditions specialism

This module will explore the epidemiology and public health aspects of long term conditions. The module considers contemporary public health approaches and practice to managing long term conditions and health promotion for the prevention of long term conditions. The module will also explore new models of care.

PHARM1 Quality Assurance and medicines control (20 credits) core for Pharmaceutical specialism

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge & understanding of the principles of Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Control (QC) & Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) necessary for assuring & managing product quality in the manufacture of medicines. It will also enable students to develop their knowledge & understanding of current regulatory procedures in the licensing of medicines, the concepts of modern instrumental analysis & the monitoring of the quality of medicines during processing & at the final product stage.

Introduction to Health Informatics (20 credits) core for Health Informatics specialism

The module provides an introduction to problem solving using computing tools, and focuses on the following modern topics in Computer Science: 1. Object-oriented programming. 2. Object-oriented design method. 3. Modern operating system and its tools. 4. Programming constructs data and control structures. 5. Advanced topics in programming. 6. Testing and debugging programs.

Health Promotion (20 credits)

The module will provide the ideology, theory and practice of health promotion and explore contemporary policy associated with health improvement and modernising public health. The module will assist in applying learning to developing, planning and evaluating health promotion interventions and programmes in response to health promotion issues.

Communicable Disease Control (20 credits)

This module will explore the principles of Communicable disease control, focussing on immunisation, disease surveillance, and outbreak and incident management. The module will draw on examples of a broad range of important diseases, including TB, Influenza, Diarrhoeal diseases and HIV/AIDS.

Leadership & Management: Theory and Practice (20 credits) core for Leadership & Management specialism

The module will provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the theory and practice related to the management of quality of services; analyse and develop their own practice in relation to the management of quality; develop and sustain service improvement; develop a critical understanding of policy and change within their area of service delivery; analyse and apply policy and change within their area of service delivery.

Undertaking a systematic review (20 credits)

This module aims to advance student knowledge and understanding of the process for conducting a systematic review. It will provide students with an overview of common research approaches and statistical tests that may be encountered in the research literature and guide students through the process of developing a systematic search strategy, identifying appropriate research studies, critical evaluation skills, data extraction, data synthesis, meta-analysis and report writing.

Semester 2

Research Methods (20 credits)

This module will provide an introduction to research, research methods, study design and evidence based practice.

Health Needs/Impact Assessment (20 credits)

The module explores how to identify and describe the health needs of a particular population. The module considers what evidence is needed to inform public health decisions, how to estimate the effect that any intervention of policy might have and how to measure and evaluate the outcome of interventions to improve health.

Optional Modules

Health Promoting Palliative Care (20 credits)

This module introduces the 'new' public health approach to palliative care. This approach emphasises the importance of public education, social ecology and community development strategies in targeting the social epidemiology of dying, bereavement and long-term care-giving as well as promoting health and wellbeing for people living with a life-limiting condition, long-term care-giving and bereavement. The meaning of prevention, harm-reduction and early intervention with respect to end of life care will be explored. The relationship between clinical end of life care and health promoting palliative care will be described. The module will explore: basic concepts of health promoting palliative care; basic practice methodologies of health promoting palliative care; local and international case studies of health promoting palliative care; research and policies issues associated with this approach; and the place of health promoting approaches to palliative care in relation to braid public health policy and practice.

Management of Pharmaceutical Supply (20 credits)

This module will provide the students with the opportunity to develop in-depth understanding of the processes and strategies for the procurement of medicines and its relevance to the availability of affordable quality medicine. Students will also develop their knowledge & understanding of the principles of supply chain management, from procurement through to the customer, including how to maintain a reliable supply chain and issues associated with drugs counterfeiting.

Data mining (20 credits)

The module focuses on modern concepts in Data Mining: Data, Information and Knowledge. Data Preparation (Statistical Evaluation, Data Selection, Data Cleaning, Transformation of Data). Data Mining Algorithms (Association, Classification, Clustering, Time Series Analysis, Text Mining). Data Mining Methodologies. Using Data Mining in the analysis of scientific and practical data. Examples tailored to the class profile will be developed and discussed.

Strategy, Policy and Organisations (20 credits)

The module will develop a critical understanding of strategy and policy making. It will provide students with the opportunity to explore and analyse different theories and approaches to strategy and policy making.

Advanced Epidemiology (20 credits)

This module builds on the Epidemiology & Biostatistics module, where basic concepts in statistics and the main epidemiological methods used to identify and quantify disease and associated risks were undertaken. This module will include: types of data and data presentation, descriptive statistics, basic probability, distribution theory including the normal distribution and its properties, sampling theory, principles and techniques, inferential statistics, analysis of categorical and continuous data, non-parametric tests, correlation and regression, and survival analysis. The module will introduce descriptive epidemiology, measures and comparisons of disease frequency, ecological studies, cross-sectional studies, prevalence studies, case-control studies, principles of screening, study design.

Health & Society (20 credits)

The module will explore sociological approaches for understanding the relationships between health, illness, healthcare and society.

Working with Communities to Improve Health (20 credits)

This module explore the history, ideological, political and philosophical underpinning of working with communities to improve health. The module considers contemporary national and international policy, the relevance, implications and importance of working with communities to improve their health. It will also develop and facilitate critical knowledge and understanding of the factors that foster sustainability of communities, maintenance of independence and empowerment, to enable and foster effective partnership working in health care delivery and practice.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

The MPH adds credibility to any health professionals Curriculum Vitae who wishes to progress in their career in Senior Management/leadership roles in local, national and International public health roles.

The government’s drive towards improving public health has been well documented in The White Paper "Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England" (July 2011). In line with the push towards securing good population health, there is a requirement for healthcare practitioners to be up-to-date with the knowledge and skills required when working within an integrated public health service. This programme will provide an opportunity to gain the academic background for these leadership roles in Public Health.

MPH graduate jobs include: Public Health Specialist; Head of Public Health Intelligence; Health Partnership Programme Manager; Health Promotion Campaign Manager; Epidemiologist; Health Data Analyst; Project Coordinator; Public Health Advisor; Health Protection Specialist; Public Health Screening Coordinator; Vascular Prevention Programme Coordinator; Health Improvement Practitioner; Public Health Specialist: Healthy Living; and Public Health lecturer and/or researcher. Other MPH students may go on to study a PhD at Bradford or other universities. Graduates may also aspire to teaching posts and/or clinical posts.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £3,340 per year

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.