Master of Public Health

I am the Course Director for a fully online Master of Public Health course at the University of Stirling. I also co-ordinate the 'What is Public Health?', 'Society and Health' and 'Research Project' modules on the course. 

Public health is the “science and art of promoting and protecting health and wellbeing, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society”

This new, multidisciplinary online Master of Public Health (MPH) course is designed for students who want to explore the current and emerging key issues in the field while reflecting on their own practice, experiences and interests. It has been specifically designed for students from various backgrounds who have an interest in public health research, policy and practice, but will be particularly relevant to those considering a future public health career, either in the UK or abroad. 

The MPH is studied for entirely online using digital learning technology to allow learners to study from anywhere in the world and better fit study around personal and professional commitments. Flexibility in the course start dates (September, January or May) and module choices in second year helps provide students with a more bespoke learning experience designed to match learning needs, interests and aspirations. The course is part-time and will take 3 years to complete (2 years for Diploma and 1 year for Certificate).

The course has been designed to be suitable for both novice and experienced public health practitioners, making this an ideal option for those currently working in public health and related fields, as well as those with aspirations to do so. Regardless of expertise, students will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and abilities essential to influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and populations. 

Through the course, students will be able to:

  • Explore and understand public health theory and techniques appropriate to their own area of practice or interest.
  • Gain first-hand insight into approaches used by researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.
  • Develop as skilled and knowledgeable multidisciplinary public health practitioners and researchers.
  • Develop practical and transferable skills, e.g. report writing; team working; literature searching; research methods; and critical appraisal.
  • Develop as critical and independent thinkers


Twitter: @StirMPH