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Public Health MSc

Tailor this MSc to your interests; specialising in public health, global health, or mental health. Gain the skills and knowledge to make a real difference to people and populations across the globe.

Key information

Study mode:

100% online


2 years, part time

Applications open:

14 March 2024

Application deadline:

6 August 2024

Next start date:

3 September 2024


January, April and September

Tuition fees:

£18,996 *

These tuition fees may be subject to increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

(funding options and instalments are available)

* Depending on your country of residence, you may also have to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) in addition to your tuition fees. You can find further information on the King's Goods and Services tax page.

Course overview

Are you drawn to a career in public health from a desire to make a difference? Do you believe strongly in saving lives, improving healthcare solutions, and eradicating health inequalities? Whatever led you to consider this online MSc in Public Health, you’ll learn about the concepts and theories behind public health practice. You’ll also discover how these apply in real-world public health situations.

Over the course of the programme, you will gain deeper insights into the wider determinants of health and health inequalities, such as social, economic and environmental influences on health.

We will discuss how to measure, monitor and assess population health and health needs and how epidemiological and social research can inform public health interventions and strategies. We will also explore the wider healthcare landscapes, which stakeholders, organisations and health professionals they include as well as the political, ethical and legal dimensions within which public health is situated.

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Why choose this online MSc?

Explore key industry topics

These include political, ethical, and legal dimensions. Examine the emerging technologies and innovations impacting existing practices and policies.

Drive positive change

Develop skills to lead the creation of policies and practices to effectively address health inequalities and improve health outcomes for both local and wider populations.

Join a prestigious university

King's is ranked 10th globally for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2023) and 12th for Life Sciences and Medicine (QS World Rankings 2023).

Broaden your career

Connections with the School of Life and Population Sciences and King’s Global Health Partnerships could lead to rewarding opportunities improving global public healthcare policy.

What you'll study

You’ll leverage our world-leading academic, research, and clinical expertise to develop a critical understanding of public health. This will empower you to lead and develop evidence-based public health policy and practice. We pay particular attention to the interventions required to effectively – and efficiently – address health inequalities and improve health outcomes for local and wider populations. This includes:

  • measurement and monitoring of population health
  • health needs assessment and risk assessment
  • addressing health inequalities
  • principles and practices of disease prevention
  • health protection strategies
  • health improvement initiatives

The MSc provides a generic and comprehensive study pathway. However, you may choose to focus on either: the issues and dynamics informing global health and the provision of public health in a global context, or the role of public health in preventing mental illness and promoting mental wellbeing.

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How you'll learn

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Module overview

This online Public Health MSc course is comprised of 10 modules, four 15-credit core modules, two 30-credit core modules and four 15-credit optional modules (180 credits in total). Two specialist pathways are offered. Choosing the optional module in Global Health gives you the opportunity to graduate with an MSc in Public Health (Global Health). Choosing the optional module in Mental Health and Public Health gives you the opportunity to graduate with an MSc in Public Health (Mental Health).

All core modules on the course are compulsory and you must pass all your chosen modules to complete the award.

Core modules

You’re required to take the following six core modules:

Optional modules

You’re also required to choose four modules (60 credits) from the following optional modules:

Meet your Programme Director

Dr Katrin Augustin

Dr. Katrin Augustin

Katrin joined King’s in 2019 after having worked on dietary therapies for childhood epilepsy.

Her research interests revolve around gender and health, specifically gendered notions of health needs and health service utilisation.

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How you're assessed

Assessments are crafted to evaluate your knowledge, understanding, and critical awareness of course topics. They also assess your ability to analyse and apply specialist knowledge to practical situations. These assessment methods may vary between modules. They’re likely to include one or more of the following:

Written coursework

(essays and reports)

Individual and group presentations

Online exams

Entry requirements

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Not sure if you meet the requirements, or if the course is right for you? Speak to our team to get tailored support: 

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Career options in Public Health

Our MSc in Public Health equips you with knowledge and skills to lead on initiatives to maintain health and well-being on an individual, local, national, or global scale. Between 2023-2030 there is a projected shortfall of 10 million health workers worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This master’s degree prepares you to play a vital role protecting people of all ages from health risks both now and in the future.

Working across a range of sectors and industries within the public, private or charity sector, you can focus on research, education, or practice. As a public health practitioner in roles such as health educator or manager, you’ll develop, implement, and evaluate public health policies and programmes.

Alternatively, as a public health policy analyst or consultant, you could specialise in public health intelligence and strategy. You could advise organisations, charities, thinktanks and governments about how to improve fair access to healthcare, for example, or increase take-up of vaccinations and other preventative measures. Students who have studied on the on-campus version of the course have gone on to work in the following roles:

  • Healthcare Administrator 
  • Research Analyst 
  • Public Health Project Manager 
  • Disaster Management Manager 
  • Chronic Disease Management Coordinator 
  • Health Commissioner 
  • Health Unit Coordinator 
  • Health Promotion Educator 
  • Outreach Educator 

Those with existing clinical qualifications have proceeded to roles including Medical Officer, Infection Disease Specialist, and as a Public Health Academic.

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