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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 malaria, tuberculosis and HIV infections cause considerable morbidity and mortality. Air pollution also remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality,

By covering core skills such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health improvement, evidence synthesis, and healthcare management, graduates of the Imperial College MPH programme are well-equipped for future careers in public health research and practice. For those MPH graduates who wish to pursue a research career, the strong emphasis on quantitative research methods provides a solid grounding for future PhD studies and further academic career progression. For those graduates who wish to pursue a career in public health practice, the solid grounding in the key elements of public health practice allows them to pursue careers in NHS public health training; with NHS and other government organisations; with international bodies such as WHO; and with NGOs.


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MPH students trip to Geneva 2016

Staff from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training and twenty students from the Master of Public Health course at Imperial visited multiple UN and humanitarian agencies during their recent trip to Geneva, Switzerland. Over a three day period the group visited Médecins Sans Frontières, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UN, WHO and Global Fund. Two students – Praise Izinyon and Rachael Williams – presented their mini-projects at the WHO followed by an excellent discussion with Blerta Maliqi, a technical officer for Family, Women’s and Children’s health.

Applying for the 2016-17 Imperial College MPH Programme

Thank you for your interest in the Imperial College MPH programme. The 2016 -17 MPH course starts in October 2016. Applications for entry opened in November 2015. 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 (

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Student led seminars

MPH and MSc in epidemiology students organise student-led seminars on Tuesday lunchtimes at St Mary’s. These seminars provide the students with the opportunity to share their expertise and experiences with one another and challenge some disciplinary perspectives outside of scheduled teaching hours.

The sessions so far have covered fascinating topics spanning perspectives on communicable disease control strategies, reflections on field work and policy advocacy experiences and perspectives on different disciplines. The Tuesday lunchtime sessions could also be used to host talks from interested faculty on an innovative research or intervention idea, as well as research and career development opportunities.