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 2021). 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 2020), 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.
Internationally Respected: One of the top 10-ranked universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021), Imperial College London is also the United Kingdom’s most international university (Times Higher Education 2020), 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 2021, 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.
Depending upon geographic location (UK/EU or Overseas) | 2020 entry fees
Average of 18 - 36 hours per week, depending on enrolment option
The next cohort starts in October 2021.
Early Admission Deadlines:
Round 1: 15 January, 2021
Round 2: 12 March, 2021
Round 3: 5 May, 2021
We encourage applications to be submitted before the early deadlines. Imperial College London is likely to make a number of offers during this round and anticipates that a number of places will be filled in the programme.
30 June, 2021
For 2021-22 entry to the degree programme, there is one entry point in September 2021. You will need to apply online directly with Imperial College London by registering and applying for the programme.
If you have any questions about the admissions process or the programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email@example.com.
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, your work will count towards your degree.
This programme is aimed at students from a variety of different backgrounds in medicine, health policy, academic research and others representing different professional backgrounds with one common thread: a calling to help make the world healthier and safer for all.Learn more about Admissions
Study biostatistics, epidemiology and health systems, and hone your research skills by exploring issues that affect your own community. Over the two years of coursework, you complete eight core specialisations, including a research portfolio and choose four optional specialisationsLearn more about the curriculum
Graduates of the on-campus program have moved into roles in academia, government, industry and non-governmental organisations such as the Gates Foundation, the United Nations, and the World Health Organisation.Learn more about Careers
The learning experience includes group-chat/virtual live sessions and exercises with peers; interactive content consists of online assessment via quizzes, peer review; online individual/group presentations, written coursework and more.Learn more about Student Experience
Imperial is a global top ten university with a world-class reputation in science, engineering, business and medicine.Learn more about Imperial College London
If you complete an open course and enroll in the degree later, it will count towards your degree upon enrollment.Learn more how to try a course
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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.
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 should seek an alternative US-accredited programme.
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 either two or three 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.
You will be required to take either two or three specialisations per term, depending on enrolment option, which run in parallel, so in total you should allocate roughly 18-24 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.
For 2020-21 entry to the degree programme, there is one entry point in September 2020.
Each academic year is divided into three terms. For the two-year Masters programme, you will study three specialisations per term. During the three-year Masters programme you will study two specialisations per term. By the end of both you will have completed eight core specialisations, including a research portfolio and choose four optional specialisations. To enrol on the three-year Masters programme, you will first need to enrol and complete the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma programmes.
For 2020 entry, the Master’s level programmes are delivered and structured over either two years or three years, with three terms per academic year.
You can either:
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.
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.
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.
Yes, under the guidance of faculty advisors, you will be working with groups of fellow learners engaged in similar projects as you.
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.
The GMPH is a fully online degree programme 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 programme 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.
If you have any questions about the degree programme or admissions then please contact a member of the School of Public Health Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The degree programme 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 three of the final (second) year will require you to undertake the final research portfolio specialisation only.
In total the programme requires you to take 12 core specialisations and choose 4 specialisations from the 8 elective choices available.
For 2020/21 entries, the specialisations are scheduled to take place each term according to a fixed schedule.
No. The GMPH does not currently offer internships or placements within the degree programme structure.
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.
For UK Students
For International Students
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.
For 2021–22 entry, Imperial are introducing an application processing fee for MSc and MRes courses to help cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications that Imperial receives. This fee will be £80.
Imperial will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship. Please see Imperial's website for further information.
You will need to apply online directly with Imperial College London by registering and applying for the programme via https://imperialuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Apply/
• To show how you qualify for the programme 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/).
• 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/).
There are some School of Public Health Scholarships available for the programme, 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 programme, if they experience financial difficulties, they can contact the Imperial College Student Financial Support Team.
Two year Master's
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. You are able to discuss instalment payment options directly with Imperial College London, and have the option to spread the cost of the Year 1 and Year 2 fee in instalments. Alternatively, you can pay the year 1 fees upfront before you start and then pay for the year 2 fees upfront before you start year 2 (subject to Imperial College London approval).
PG Certificate, PG Diploma, Three-year Master’s
PG Certificate (PGCert) tuition fees are adjusted to a 0.5 full time equivalent (i.e. £6,000 Home/EU, £10,050 Islands/Overseas for 2020 entry).
PG Diploma (PGDip) progression fees are then adjusted to a 0.8 full time equivalent for the purpose of calculating. PGDip students pay the PGCert fee in year 1 and the difference of the new fee between the PGCert fee and the PGDip fee in year, plus inflation.
Students on the three-year GMPH pay the PGDip fee in year 2 and the difference of the new fee between the PGDip fee and the GMPH fee in year 3 plus inflation (i.e. for students entering their third year their total cost would be £12,000 Home/EU, £20,100 Islands/Overseas for 2020 entry, plus inflation).
For further information, please see Imperial's fees and funding page.
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.
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).
The application portal will allow you to submit all transcripts and documents needed.
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.
Coursera does not grant credit, and does not represent that any institution other than the degree granting institution will recognize the credit or credential awarded by the institution; the decision to grant, accept, or transfer credit is subject to the sole and absolute discretion of an educational institution.