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Welcome to the MPH Class of 2017-18

We had a full house today for the introductory session for our new Master of Public Health (MPH) students. This year, we have 68 students on our MPH programme. The course provides a comprehensive introduction into key public health topics; such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion, health protection, health behaviour, health policy, and health economics. There is a focus on the development of quantitative analytical skills for public health, epidemiology and health services research. We aim to provide a creative and supportive learning environment, and we hope all our students have a rewarding year.

Congratulations to the 2016-17 MPH prize winners

Each year, we award a number of prizes to our Master of Public Health (MPH) students. The award winners in 2016-17 were:

MPH (General Stream) Faculty of Medicine Dean's Scholarship
Alette Ellms

MPH (Global Stream) Faculty of Medicine Dean's Scholarship
Maya Malarski

MPH (General Stream) Dissertation Award
Meghan Cupp

MPH (Global Stream) Dissertation Award
Maya Malarski

Wellcome Trust Centre MPH-Global Health Dissertation Award
Micol Tedeschi Samaia

Wellcome Trust Centre MPH Global Health Student Award
Debra Ten Brink

Applying for the 2018-19 Imperial College MPH Programme

Thank you for your interest in the Imperial College MPH programme. The 2018-19 MPH course starts in October 2018. Applications for entry will open in November 2017. We 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 an international equivalent, 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 op…

Presentation of 2016-17 MPH Research Projects

On Thursday 21 September 2017, our MPH students will be presenting their research projects. This will be the last assessment for the 2016-17 course. We have a wide-range of presentations on very topical issues in global health and health policy.
Overcoming Cost-Related Barriers to Universal Access for Key HIV Anti-Retroviral MedicinesBarriers to and experiences of accessing maternity services in the UK: A qualitative study with migrant womenShould the UK Reconsider its Childhood Varicella Vaccination Policy: A Review of Evidence from the European UnionAssociation between maternal iron intake in pregnancy and offspring blood pressure - a longitudinal study with over 20 years of follow-upHPV Vaccination: Should the UK be adopting a gender-neutral policy?The impact of Pharmacist integration into Primary care teams on health systems indicators: A systematic reviewType II Diabetes Prevention in the GCC: A Systematic ReviewAnal intercourse as a risk factor for HIV acquisition in heterosexua…

MPH students study tour to international organisations in Geneva

This popular study tour for Imperial MPH students is organised annually in collaboration with WHO Geneva. As part of the tour participants were introduced to the work of Médecins Sans Frontières, The UN High Commission for Refugees, the Red Cross, The UN, and WHO and its regional offices. MPH students have had the opportunity to meet with large numbers of senior colleagues in these key international organisations and learn about the nature of their work. The 3 day study tour was very busy, full of learning experience and fun.

MPH Poster Presentations

The poster presentations for our Health Systems Policy and Financing module was a great conclusion to the content we learned throughout the course. The research and design for the posters gave us the opportunity to consolidate and apply theoretical models of system financing and organisation, to case studies of our chosen countries. It forced us to be analytical, and proved to be good practice for teamwork and presentation skills. It was fun getting a chance to see everyone’s impressively professional posters, and ended up being an entertaining afternoon with Professor Pedro Rosa Dias and the rest of the class.

By MPH Student Yihui Liang

Economic burden of breast and cervical cancers in low and middle-income countries

Former MPH student Natasha Kassami wrtes about her MPH research project.

"According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) currently constitute the largest share of deaths worldwide (38 million deaths each year) with nearly three quarters of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Among these, cancers constitute the second largest proportion of NCD deaths and it has been suggested that a disproportionate amount of this burden falls on women in these regions who face the challenge of gender inequality in addition to the lack of access to cancer care, which results from their geographical predisposition.

It is fair to say that for a long time, I was relatively ignorant of the threat NCDs like cancer posed to low-resource populations. My attention was always drawn to infectious diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB, which have been the focus of public health campaigns in Uganda for many years. Needless to say I had suffered f…

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.