Outdated health policy risks the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. It takes a confident and committed person to drive the necessary changes to safeguard public health. Whatever your healthcare background, our Online Masters of Public Health (MPH) gives you all the experience you need without interrupting your career. It’s essential learning for those working in health improvement, health protection and humanitarian aid.

Our distance learning programme has an emphasis on original research and takes an international approach to public health. Widely recognised by health organisations and businesses the world over, our Master of Public Health opens up careers in teaching, health programme management, epidemiology and academic research.

The COVID pandemic has shown that no country, regardless of income, is immune to the effects of a contagious disease. Crucial to tackling it effectively requires an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of public health principles and practice as well as health protection and health promotion. University of Glasgow Masters of Public Health scholars graduate with just such a skill set meaning that they can make an informed and significant difference to whatever public health environment they find themselves working in.

The University has offered a postgraduate public health programme since 1981, and has been involved in public health education since 1839. Run by the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, home to world leading expertise across an impressive diversity of disciplines, the programme features interdisciplinary expertise from environmental protection, sociology and health economics.

Through its research, the institute has been at the forefront of evaluating major public health interventions, such as Scotland’s smoking ban and the country’s current alcohol misuse strategy. It’s this focus on original, life-changing research that elevates the programme content.

In addition to the academic expertise, you’ll benefit from input from local authorities, volunteer organisations and the private sector, not to mention the University’s contractual connections with NHS Scotland.


Our online MPH allows you to choose a route of study to match your interests or career goals. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the online programme, you’ll benefit from sharing these interests and unique experiences with students from other healthcare programmes.

Delivered through the Institute of Health & Wellbeing, this programme is led by influential lecturers whose work appears in The Lancet, the British Medical Journal and other leading journals.


  • Appraise policy and assess its contribution to public health
  • Apply principles of epidemiology, statistical analysis and health improvement in the field
  • Identify, analyse and apply social, economic and environmental theories to improve services
  • Assess and debate explanations for the persistence of public health inequalities
  • Evaluate initiatives to improve overall population health
  • Explore models of disease causation and design strategies to mitigate risk
  • Review evidence, interpret data and employ research methods to meet current public health challenges


  • Duration: 2.5–6 years part-time (MPH/MSc). For details on other degree options request more information or speak to an admissions representative
  • Start dates: January, April and September
  • Fees: Payable in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits, totalling £15,000 (MSc), £10,000 (PgDip), £5,000 (PgCert)*
  • NHS discount: Payable in instalments of £1,050 per 20 credits or £9,450 for the full MSc funded by the NHS*
  • Entry requirements: 2:1 or equivalent from a recognised institution or 2:2 in a related field, with at least six months’ work experience in public health or healthcare
  • International students: applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

* Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.