1 Master of Public Health Online Programme
2 2 Are you ready to shape the future with an online Master of Public Health? All over the world, our students and graduates are making a difference in the field of public health. If you are a busy working professional in a public health or health-related position, then read on to learn how our fully online Master of Public Health (MPH) programme can help you move ahead in your career and make an impact in your community from the moment you start studying.
3 3 I decided on the University of Liverpool because of its reputation. The MPH has given me confidence in my job and the opportunity to get involved in research initiatives. My new knowledge about management of health systems, epidemiology and international crisis management was extremely helpful in the Ebola outbreak response [in Uganda, 2012]. Dr Olimpia de la Rosa Vázquez (MPH 2012), Health Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Emergency Unit, Spain.
4 4 Why study for our online MPH? You ll gain a recognised degree from a globally respected university our Department of Public Health and Policy from the School of Medicine has been at forefront of medical innovation for over 150 years You can continue to work while you study so you don t need to take a career break You can share best practice with fellow health professionals around the world You can acquire knowledge and skills that can be applied immediately You can increase your ability to positively impact the health of your community or country we have students and graduates all around the world who are making a difference every day You will benefit from learning within a structured and supportive online environment with our e-learning experts, Laureate Online Education, you have dedicated support throughout your programme to keep you inspired, motivated and on track Our MPH offers you a thorough understanding of all the main disciplines of public health, from epidemiology to social policy. So by the time you get to graduate, you should be ready to take on your next challenge, whether it s rising to a senior position within a public, NGO or international setting, or making a bigger impact in your current role. Wherever your career takes you, our online MPH enables you to put public health principles into effect in both research and practical contexts. Pioneers in Public Health The University of Liverpool is a world-class research university, a member of the UK s prestigious Russell Group and ranked within the top 1% of universities worldwide*. We have been pioneers in research and education since our founding in 1881, and medical innovation has long been a key feature of this pioneering spirit. Over the years our research pedigree has attracted pioneers such as Oliver Lodge, who made the first public radio transmission in 1894 and demonstrated the first surgical use of X-rays two years later. With the city of Liverpool inextricably linked to public health it was the hometown of the first chief medical officer in England, Dr William Henry Duncan in 1847 the University has been at the forefront of public health for over 150 years. Our online MPH is offered by the Department of Public Health and Policy, which is part of the highly respected School of Medicine. Internationally respected for our multidisciplinary focus and links to WHO Health For All principles, the department is steeped in history. It has a flourishing research portfolio in public health and health inequalities, led by department head Professor Margaret Whitehead. *As listed in the International Universities Handbook (2012)
5 5 What makes this online MPH so different? Our programme provides theoretical knowledge followed by real world application. We have developed this fully online programme around the needs of busy working professionals like you public health and health-related professionals who want to advance personally and professionally, gaining knowledge and practical skills that make a difference in your career and community. Not only will you be studying for a recognised MPH from a leading UK university, we re also a European leader in fully online postgraduate degrees, in partnership with elearning experts Laureate Online Education, with a proven track record of supporting health professionals through online study. It s through this exciting partnership that the University is a member of the Laureate International Universities network - a leading international network of quality, innovative institutions of higher education. The University of Liverpool meets the criteria of having a reputation of excellent academic standards, being a member of the Russell Group Ivy League with eight Nobel Laureates and years of successful online MPH programme history. Nick Mawani (MPH Online Student), President and CEO of Go Natural Health & Nutrition Centre Inc, Canada. In 2013, Nick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to his community and country for the promotion of health care and healthy living in Canada. Photographed with The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.
6 6 Discover a new world study an MPH online Our students and graduates are exceptional individuals who come from all walks of life, and are all driven by the desire to make a difference. Read any of our MPH graduate testimonials and you ll be hard pressed to find more inspiring public health professionals all working hard within communities around the world. We know that many of our students are conducting complex and challenging work, often changeable in nature and in international settings. So our online MPH has been designed to address their needs with a programme structure and workload that is manageable. This MPH is fully online, enabling you to study around your work and family commitments, at any time of the day, and wherever you are in the world. It provides a solid foundation in the science and art of public health that you will be able to apply immediately in your work. The knowledge and skills you acquire on our programme will enable you to integrate and apply public health principles and theories in a wide range of settings and situations, including: The promotion of health and prevention of diseases The provision and evaluation of treatment and care Managing and leading health systems The evaluation and monitoring of public health programmes and systems Dealing with health inequalities Programme specialisations in International Public Health and Management of Health Systems also offer you the opportunity to really hone your skills and knowledge by focusing your studies and research on your particular field of professional interest. Our fully online MPH is taught by professionals with an average of over 20 years of teaching or professional experience. All of our faculty instructors have postgraduate qualifications, either a PhD or masters level qualification in a particular field of expertise related to public health. In keeping with our pioneering spirit of research, most of our faculty instructors are also research- active and have published in scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. One of the key things that we hope students will get out of this, as well as improving their own professional practice and their own knowledge and skills around public health, is that they will do a small scale piece of research that can have an impact both academically and in public health in their own setting - making a difference in people s lives. Dr Vickie Bates, Director of Studies of the Online MPH, University of Liverpool
7 7 Programme Structure Core modules (mandatory) Elective modules (choose two*) Research and integration modules Practicing and promoting public health in a global context Generating and evaluating public health evidence Health protection: preventing and managing communicable diseases Managing crisis and disasters Applied epidemiological research for public health or Applied qualitative research for public health Integrated research in public health: epidemiology and qualitative methods Programme and policy challenges in low income countries Health inequalities: integrating public health practice Leading and managing health systems Health, economics and governance Dissertation Monitoring and evaluation of systems and programmes *Elective modules vary if you choose a specialisation Programme Specialisations (take the general track, or choose one of our specialisations) Management of Health Systems choose this specialisation if you wish to study health systems as a means to improving health outcomes, and gain a greater understanding of the issues, solutions and impact of introducing and managing ever more sophisticated health systems. International Public Health choose this specialisation if you want to acquire the knowledge and tools to develop comprehensive analysis of the dynamics, factors and issues that influence public health in an international environment. I didn t ever feel that I was missing on-campus learning because of the classroom discussions. They made the whole experience come to life and were a constant source of motivation. Shereen Rahmat Minhas (MPH 2011), Health Promotion and Communications Consultant, Egypt. Shereen is originally from Pakistan.
8 8 Continue your c while you study online Our MPH programme is fully online, and is designed to fit into your personal and professional life, wherever you live and work, without putting your career on hold. All your coursework, class discussions and group projects take place in an online environment which is asynchronous this means that there are no fixed lecture times, the classroom is always open and you don t need to synchronise your study with anyone else. You can interact and collaborate with your faculty instructors and fellow students at any time of the day, wherever you choose, working within a weekly study framework that keeps you motivated. You will also have plenty of support both technical and academic, if needed all the way through to your graduation. From the moment you contact us you will enjoy dedicated support, including a personal student support manager, 24/7 technical support, and continuous academic support through your faculty instructors as you study. Our track record speaks for itself: we have been providing online postgraduate education for over 12 years, and currently there are over 10,000 online students studying at the University of Liverpool around the world. More than 5,000 students have already graduated with an online degree, joining the University s thriving international alumni network of 177,000 people in 192 countries. L A U R E A T E LEARN. EVOLVE. NETWORK. SOCIALIZE. Your online classroom To make it easier for you to stay motivated and focused on your studies, our online learning platform, Laureate LENS, brings together all the resources you need as a student from your Visual classroom Identity to learning Usage tips, the Guide University s Laureate fully online LENS library and student support in one easy-to-use dashboard. Date Created It s also through LENS that you ll be able to network and interact with the online student community, giving you the chance to engage, learn and share with your peers and the faculty. You can connect not just with your fellow MPH classmates, but also the entire online university community through LENS giving you the chance to make connections across a range of professions and industries.
9 9 areer Sharing a classroom with people from all over the world was one of the most amazing things about studying online. I learnt so much through my classmates... I should also say that each instructor was a very good moderator of the group discussions so I felt supported all the time and never really felt alone. Anne-Sophie Gérin (MPH 2013), Midwife, Republic of Djibouti. Anne-Sophie is originally from Belgium. The online classroom has afforded me countless opportunities to interact, share with and draw on the wealth of knowledge from professionals from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Avhatakali Edward Tshikhudo (MPH Online Student), Nurse, UK. Avhatakali is originally from South Africa. He is trained in midwifery, general and psychiatric nursing.
10 10 Key features of the course Relevant curriculum This MPH features contemporary and relevant topics that are regularly reviewed, and are grouped in knowledge and skill clusters enabling you to apply what you are learning to your workplace environment as you progress through the programme. Global perspective Benefit from a programme designed with an international public health perspective and global audience in mind. The course also gives you the chance to interact, collaborate and share good practice with health professionals from all around the world. Practical skills This MPH will give you an impressive toolkit of applicable knowledge and skills through a variety of practical and focused learning activities. These include management and leadership, a global and international perspective on public health, cultural competency, health promotion, ethics in public health, an integrated research approach, an appreciation of policy development and planning, communication and advocacy, analysis and problem solving and programme evaluation.
11 11 Academic support To maximise your progress we assess your academic skills and create a personalised support programme. You also receive a high standard of research support when completing your dissertation a growing number of our students papers and presentations are being accepted at key international public health conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. Addressing inequality Our Department of Public Health and Policy has a reputation as one of the leading research centres in addressing health inequalities, including links to WHO Health For All principles. The MPH will equip you to identify and address the wider determinants of health and health inequalities across different populations and the impact of these on the population s health. Integrated research approach Our integrated research approach gives you the opportunity to master both quantitative and qualitative research, and understand the appropriate use of research methods in producing valid and relevant evidence to address different aspects of public health problems.
12 12 How this MPH will help your career The MPH enabled me to qualify for more senior level positions within organisations. The programme also gave me access to a lot of useful technical resource materials, journals and publications which enabled me to become more effective at my work. Elizabeth Isimhen Williams (MPH 2010), Nutrition Programme Manager at Helen Keller International, Bangladesh. Elizabeth is originally from Nigeria and the USA. This MPH is designed to help prepare you to become a leading public health professional. It offers you a foundation in the science and art of public health, including an understanding of the critical concepts of health and disease at an individual and population level. The knowledge, skills, and insights you should expect to acquire will enable you to integrate and apply public health principles and theories through collaboration with stakeholders in a variety of settings. Upon completion you should be able to: Evaluate public health methodologies and approaches to establish the most appropriate application within various settings Appraise the complexities of health and social systems from different perspectives Show in-depth knowledge of the research skills needed for effective contributions to the field of public health Evaluate options for strategy development and programme interventions Optimise the public health impact on individuals and communities around the world Reduce the risk of communicable and non-communicable diseases and health inequalities Identify how leadership impacts on public health programmes, policies, and projects
13 13 Who studies this MPH? Graduates of this MPH work in a variety of fields related to public health, including: Health services administration Health policy and management Epidemiology Health education Behavioural science Environmental health Occupational health Community health International health I found a position as a Research Associate working on a large research study investigating breast cancer screening practices amongst Arabic women It s a very worthwhile project and this will benefit the public health of Arabic women in Qatar. Without the MPH I would never have obtained this position. Nutrition Practice/programme management Biomedical science Floor Christie de Jong (MPH 2010), Freelance Researcher for the University of Calgary-Qatar, United Arab Emirates. Floor is originally from the Netherlands. She has also lived in the UK and Saudi Arabia.
14 14 Are you ready to shape the future with an online Master of Public Health? I work in a public health institution and my study is directly relevant to my work. I can use my MPH knowledge and skills in applying the principles of public health to make the best decisions to improve the health of Ugandans. Rose Apondi (MPH 2010), Public Health Specialist/Behavioural Scientist, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Uganda. In 2012, Rose presented her healthcare research at the World Congress on Public Health. This MPH has given me a wider view and deepened my knowledge of how pharmaceutical science connects with the public and society. Kaori Nomura (MPH 2011), Registered Pharmacist, Japan. Kaori presented the findings of her dissertation research at the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology in 2011.
15 If you re ready to make a difference in public health, this online MPH will give you the knowledge, skills, experience and connections you need. To take the next step and enrol on the online MPH, submit a request form, or visit our website for more information.
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