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MPH Students win first prize in the "Vaccines Today Communication Challenge"

Two MPH students from the 2013-2014 cohort, Yewande Adeleke and Riham Arab, won the first prize in the "Vaccines Today" competition with their video promoting the MMR vaccine. We would like to congratulate them for their success.
You can watch their video here. This is the text accompanying the video:
"Social media is a highly effective tool to use to improve awareness, encourage uptake and dispel myths associated with the MMR vaccine. So for the Vaccines Today Communication Challenge, we tried to display the content in an innovative, humorous and informative manner. The initial scene is to evoke a sense of duty and moral obligation amongst viewers. The target audience is both male and female adults. The transition from monochrome to coloured imaging is in parallel with the start of self-efficacious messaging and the MMR vaccination schedule is incorporated in the content. Finally, the video concludes with a herd of cows symbolising herd immunity and the #Ge…

Applying for the 2015-16 Imperial College MPH Programme

Thank you for your interest in the Imperial College MPH programme. The 2015-16 MPH course starts in October 2015. Applications for entry will open in November 2014. I cannot tell you at this stage whether you will be eligible for the MPH because the decision is made by the Admissions Team when they have an opportunity to view your degree results and IELTS score if relevant. We generally require a First Class or Upper Second Class degree from a good university, or a medical degree. A good personal statement about why you want to undertake the MPH course is essential. Previous public health experience is also helpful. You should take the opportunity to find out more about public health, for example, from the FPH website (

We have several international student societies at Imperial to provide students with some peer support away from their home country. Do check out the visa rules before you apply if you intend to stay in the UK after the MPH as these opportunities are now…

MPH Dissertation Presentations 2013-14

The presentation of 2013-14 MPH student dissertations took place on Tuesday 23 September 2014. We heard an excellent set of presentations from a very committed group of students. The diversity of projects illustrates the wide range of research, public health and policy carried work out in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

The prize for the best overall performance in the MPH was awarded to Bryony Simmons. This prize is given to the student who obtains the highest overall mark on the MPH course. The prize for the best dissertation  was awarded to Miranda Trevor (Was the Great Recession associated with changes in self-rated health in Europe) and Shaon Lahiri (Effect of Humanitarian Crises on Social Functioning Among Civilians in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review).

The titles of the 40 student presentations are listed below. Effectiveness of design features within mHealth interventions for supporting the self-management of long-term conditions – A …

How the Imperial College London MPH equips you for a career in public health

The Imperial College London Master of Public Health (MPH) programme aims to equip students with the skills needed to contribute to meeting the many challenges faced by populations and health systems across the world. Worldwide, the burden of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and kidney disease in increasing, both in developed countries with ageing populations and in developing and middle income  countries that are undergoing economic and demographic transitions.

Important risk factors for chronic diseases include smoking, hypertension, obesity, physical inactivity, and impaired glycaemic status. Integrated approaches to their prevention, early identification, and effective management could therefore have major public health and economic benefits and help limit the impact of the predicted future rise in chronic diseases. Infectious and environmental diseases also contribute to the burden of ill-health experienced across the world. Diseases such as mala…

Using Primary Care Data for Measuring Quality of Care

Measurement of the quality of primary care is now an increasing feature of the NHS and health systems in other countries. The availability of data from computerised medical records has greatly facilitated this process. As part of a session on primary care data in the Health Informatics module on the Imperial Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme, I asked one group of students to use data from the GP Quality & Outcomes Framework in the UK to illustrate how primary care data could be used to measure the quality of diabetes care. You can view their presentation via the link below.

Inter-practice variation in quality of diabetes care in England

The use of primary care data for public health surveillance

Primary care data has an important role in public health surveillance. For example, the RCGP Research & Surveillance Centre and the HPA Out-of-Hours Surveillance System provide valuable information on patterns of infectious diseases in England. As part of a session on primary care data in the Health Informatics module on the Imperial Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme, I asked one group of students to summarise present on the use of primary care data for public health & infectious diseases surveillance. You can view the presentation via the link below.

Presentation on the use of primary care data for public health surveillance

MPH Student Presentations on NHS Care.Data

As part of a session on primary care data in the Health Informatics module on the Imperial Master of Public Health Programme, I asked students to work in two groups to present arguments for and against the NHS Care.Data programme. Care.Data is an NHS programme that will extract data from the medical records held by general practitioners (GPs) in England. The Care.Data programme takes advantage of the very high level of use of electronic medical records by GPs in England. After extraction, data will be uploaded to NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The data will then be used for functions such as health care planning, monitoring disease patterns and research. The programme has been controversial with proponents arguing that the programme will bring many benefits for the NHS and the population of England; and opponents arguing it is a major breach of privacy. You can view the two presentations to help inform you further about these arguments:

Arguments for the Care.D…

Former MPH Student Thomas Cowling Wins Award

Former MPH Student Thomas Cowling won the Early Career Researcher Award at the 2014 South-East England Regional Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Meeting. Tom is now a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College London. Tom's presentation was "Access to General Practice and Attendances at A&E Departments in England". The picture to the left shows Tom receiving his award from Professor David Mant from the University of Oxford. Tom's Research was funded by the NIHR.