• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 Year


If you're interested in driving changes to safeguard public health, this programme is ideal. Whatever your healthcare background, our online public health postgraduate certificate will give you all the experience you need without interrupting your career. Its essential learning for those working in health improvement, health protection and humanitarian aid.

We have offered a Master in Public Health at the University since 1981 and we've been involved in public health education since 1893. Run by the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, home to world-leading expertise across a diverse range of disciplines, the programme features interdisciplinary content from environmental protection to sociology and health economics.

Through our research, the University of Glasgow has been at the forefront of major public health interventions such as Scotlands smoking ban and alcohol misuse strategy.

In addition to our academic expertise, you'll benefit from input from local authorities, volunteer organisations, the private sector and the University's contractual connections with NHS Scotland.

Public Health at the University was among the earliest academic fields to move towards a multidisciplinary range of programmes, involving staff from a number of areas. Current disciplines represented include health promotion, health protection, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, and health economics.


On the Public Health PgCert, you will be taught by academics from a wide variety of organisations and disciplines including environmental protection, public health medicine, sociology and health economics.

Public health has a central role in guiding health care practice, influencing health policy, protecting the public and improving population health. If you work or intend to work in an organisation which has public health responsibilities or aims to improve population health, this programme will be suited to you.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Appraise policy and assess its contribution to population health
  • Apply principles of epidemiology, statistical analysis and health improvement in the field
  • Identify, analyse and apply social, economic and environmental theories to improve services
  • Assess and debate explanations for the persistence of public health inequalities
  • Evaluate initiatives to improve overall population health
  • Explore models of disease causation and design strategies to mitigate risk
  • Review evidence, interpret data and employ research methods to meet current public health challenges


Our programme has an emphasis on original research and takes an international approach to public health. Widely recognised by health organisations and businesses the world over, a postgraduate certificate in Public Health opens up careers in teaching, health programme management, epidemiology and academic research.

Potential career opportunities for graduates of this programme include lecturer, health development manager, public health advisor, health programme specialist, epidemiologist, medical practitioner, clinical university teacher and various research positions.

Public health practitioners are employed in health services, academia, national and local government, the voluntary sector, and in international humanitarian relief.


You will complete three core courses over the duration of 1 year - 2 years taken a part-time basis. For details on full-time options request more information to speak to an admissions representative.

Throughout each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work. Details of these assignments are found in your induction.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • MED5433Introduction to Epidemiology20 Credits

    Explore the major techniques used to measure the health of populations, while considering how poor study design can cause misleading results. The course aims to make you competent at interpreting and critically appraising epidemiological literature and provides a basis for more advanced study of the topic.

  • MED5434Principles of Public Health20 Credits

    This course will provide you with a solid foundation in public health. You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of health and illness and the factors that influence health in different settings.

  • MED5023Health Economics20 Credits

    Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of health economics and the practical elements of economic evaluation that are integral to health technology assessment.

  • MED5430Further Epidemiology and Statistics20 Credits

    Builds on the concepts and methods covered in the Introduction to Statistical Methods course and the Introduction to Epidemiology course. It will introduce you to the application of more advanced but commonly used methods of data analyses (using a suitable statistical computing package) and the application of statistical and epidemiological principles to specific areas, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, psychiatric disease, medical genetics and life-course epidemiology.

  • MED5430Globalisation and Public Health20 Credits

    Provides an analysis of globalisation and its impact on public health by examining the major health-related themes within the globalisation debate. Several major global health challenges and their overall impact on the global burden of disease will be studied.

  • MED5432Health Promotion: Principles and Practice20 Credits

    The principles, methods and theoretical approaches to health promotion and improvement will be presented and studied in this course. The planning and evaluation of health promotion programmes at local, regional and national levels will serve as a particular focus.

  • MED5436Qualitative Research Methods

    Explore the purpose and appropriate use of qualitative research methods in public health through recorded lectures and practical sessions. The course introduces basic orientations and epistemological research paradigms and related methodologies (including ethnography, action research and qualitative evidence synthesis), as well as methods for conducting and analysing qualitative data.

  • MED5477Introduction to Statistical Methods20 Credits

    This course assumes no prior knowledge of statistics. It covers graphical and numerical methods of displaying and summarising data along with the use and interpretation of confidence intervals, significance tests (t-tests, chi-square tests, etc.), correlation and linear regression. You’ll acquire hands-on experience of using appropriate statistical software to carry out these analyses.

  • MED5499Research Methods20 Credits

    Online materials, self-directed learning tasks and activities will be structured around the following topics: - What is research and how do you think up research ideas? - The literature review process - Study designs - Methods - Research ethics in theory and practice - Planning a project and writing a research proposal - Writing and dissemination

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant health related subject from a recognised institution. We are able to consider a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:2 or equivalent in addition to at least six months’ work experience in public health or health care.
  2. Exceptionally, if a first degree is not relevant, consideration may be given to those with a professional qualification and at least two years’ experience at a professional level in the practice of public health.
  3. If your first language is not English, you must have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language qualification. For more information visit our FAQs page, or contact your recruitment coordinator to discuss your credentials and English language requirements.

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.
  • Official or certified English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s).
  • One reference letter on headed paper.
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English).
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (if detailed above).
  • Up to date Curriculum Vitae and a supporting statement.

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Key Dates International

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £5,000*
  • International: £5,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does the programme cost?

Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Fees for NHS-funded students

939 per 20 credits (Total: 2,817)

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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