What Can You Do With A Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree?
If you’re looking into a career in the public health industry, you may wish to consider an MPH degree to either help further your career prospects in the industry or to specialise in a certain field.
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Below are simple overviews of the MPH qualification and which career path it can lead you towards.
What is an MPH?
MPH stands for Master of Public Health and it’s a degree aimed at students who are interested in developing their research skills in the public health sector in both medical and non-medical backgrounds. Most often, courses in public health can be awarded as a Master of Science (MSc) or a Master of Engineering (MEng).
Ideally, you should have background experience in health, public health, or similar positions before applying. These positions can come across industries such as:
- Charities (including NGOs)
- Mental Health
Typically, you can apply if you have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree. But if you achieved a lower grade, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate significant relevant work experience, and offer a related graduate qualification in addition to a strong application form.
How long is the degree and how many credits is it worth?
MPH degrees are worth 180 CATS or 90 ECTS and they can last a year full-time or two years part-time. The breakdown of the credits usually consists of the following but can differ depending on the university:
- Four 15-credit modules
- An additional two 15-credit modules or a single 30-credit module
- A 30-credit module
- A 60-credit dissertation
Which career path can it steer you towards?
With a subject focused on public health, you can expect the career path to focus on the population and communities in general rather than a specific individual, in which medicine would be a preferred degree.
There are a number of options one can do with an MPH which include government or private roles such as:
- Environmental Scientist
- Food and Water Quality Officer
- Hazardous Waste Specialist
- Health Worker
- Healthcare Management
- Infectious Disease Consultant
- Nutritionist Consultant
- Public Health Educator/Officer