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Imperial College London

Global Master of Public Health (GMPH)

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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 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.

What makes this MPH degree unique?
  • 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 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.


The Global Master of Public Health degree is a fully online degree part-time programme, delivered and structured over two-years, with three terms per academic year.

Core specialisations 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.

Year one core specialisations:

  • Statistics for public health
  • Epidemiology for public health
  • Foundations of public health practice
  • Global diseases masterclass
  • Health systems development
  • Research Portfolio 1: The Research Question
  • Population health improvement

Year two core modules:

  • Global health challenges and governance
  • Research Portfolio 2: The Study Question
  • Health economics
  • Research Portfolio 3: Core research skills
  • Research Portfolio 4: Research in Practice

Students 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 efforts on areas of study most important to them and their future public health careers.

Elective modules:

  • Global health innovations
  • Infectious disease modelling
  • Quality improvement in healthcare
  • Advanced statistic and Data Science
  • Participatory approaches in public health
  • Social epidemiology for public health
  • Digital Health
  • Life course public health

All GMPH students will be required to complete a substantive research output, across a number of core specialisations in the research portfolio, which accounts for a third of the course. During the first half of the portfolio, students gain 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 develop their own research in a fully supported learning environment.

Students will finish their research portfolio in the second half, which will lead to a draft paper (academic or policy), blog and dissemination plan. Students will be supported throughout their project and will enjoy a consistent level of supervision and structured study.

Some examples of previous projects:

  • The prevalence and impact of occult hepatitis B infection in Sub-Saharan Africa: systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Prevalence and determinants of smoking relapse among US adult smokers - a longitudinal study
  • Evaluation of Country Cooperation Strategies in six countries of the WHO regions for Health System Strengthening
  • Global Tobacco product prices and affordability
  • Blood pressure, hypertension and the risk of sudden cardiac death - a systematic review of cohort studies
  • Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals on the TB epidemic
  • Environmental inequalities in England: an area-level study


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