Master of Public Health


Study level
Full time
1 year
Part time
1 year+
Berlin or Online
Faculty of Business

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We're also proud to offer non-standard entry, meaning your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account when assessing your application.
Strong focus on employability
You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a huge range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course Overview

Arden’s Master of Public Health course has been developed to meet the increasing demand for graduates with a passion for managing and leading preventive health services in communicable and non-communicable diseases. The course places emphasis on providing you with the most current skills in healthcare and digital literacy in health services management, giving you the ability to support healthcare delivery and better health outcomes at population, community, and national level. 

The course is designed to be flexible and contemporary in its structure and delivery, and has been developed in close collaboration with leading public health employers and industry advisory groups. This means you’ll be exposed to a variety of teaching approaches and assessment methods to support the development of your knowledge and abilities in public health, helping you graduate with the specialised skills necessary for a successful career in the public health sector. 

This public health master course also prepares you for the digital and data driven world that the public health profession has now moved into. You’ll also have the opportunity to become proficient with a wealth of digital technologies such as SPSS, NVIVO, Stata, Gorilla, and more. This gives you the chance to learn about virtual simulations used to predict, model, and plan for future infectious and non-infectious disease outbreaks, as well as how to respond to real life challenges that may arise in your future career in public health. 

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Professional accreditation
This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and has been validated by APHEA.

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Course details and modules

You will study seven core modules and choose one optional ‘elective’ module from a possible four options. This gives you the opportunity to adapt your course syllabus to match your career interests and support your future employability prospects. 

Given the quantitative nature of some modules on the Master of Public Health, an introductory mathematics and statistics module is available to students who need extra support with their numeracy skills at the beginning of the course. Please make an enquiry for more details. 

Helen Okpoh

Delivering face-to-face care to my patients with the knowledge and skills I have learned at Arden University helps me a to be a lot to be more confident in my professional role.

Helen Okpoh
BA (Hons) Healthcare Management


  • Health Policy (20 credits)
  • Epidemiology (20 credits)
  • Leading Health Projects (20 credits)
  • Designing Public Health Research (20 credits)
  • Economics in Public Health Practice (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Challenges in Public Health (20 credits)
  • Industry-based Project (40 credits)
  • Global Burden of Disease (20 credits)
  • Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health Management (20 credits)
  • Risk Planning in Preventive Health (20 credits)
  • Evidence-based Infectious Disease Modelling (20 credits)

How do we assess you?

The aim of the assessments you will undertake is to encourage you to confidently apply the knowledge and skills gained in each module in the context of a ‘real world’ global health practice scenario. The following assessment types are used at various stages of the course:

  • Case studies
  • Health journal article and report writing 
  • Drafting policy briefs and media updates
  • Creating a digital health service management portfolio
  • Interactive individual presentation
  • Digital poster presentation

Additionally, the Master of Public Health culminates with the submission of an Industry-based Project, which should bring together the knowledge, skills, and attributes you have gained across all of your course modules. This project is an independent piece of work focused on a current theme in public health practice, which will help you look deeper into your current or future work interests. If you are already working in the public health sector, you will be encouraged to identify a situation that is ‘live’ in your current workplace and work through it in a simulated environment with the support of our academic team.

Study options

Bettina Finna

Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you don’t do it yourself! At Arden, if you have an honest interest for what you learn and you want to reach out for more, you will be welcomed, helped, and advised. But to do that, you must be determined.

Bettina Finna
BSc (Hons) Psychology

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany.

This course is also available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying your Master of Public Health with Arden gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of your home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us). ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have your Kindle handy.

The learning methods employed on our Master of Public health also make use of real-world case studies, practice learning, webinars, the latest software applications being put to use in the public health sector, and industry guest speakers.
Studying online with Arden University doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Full time, blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully.

Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.


To be eligible for the Master of Public Health, we need to see that you have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent at 2:2 level
  • Individuals who have HND/HNC/Dip HE, with three to four years strong professional work experience with evidence of managerial/supervisory responsibilities are also encouraged to apply

We also consider applications from candidates who lack formal qualifications but possess at least five years of relevant managerial experience in any discipline. 

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English, can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

Funding and Scholarships

The Arden University Postgraduate Merit Scholarship offers UK Online Learning students with a 2.1 undergraduate degree or higher £2,000 off our postgraduate tuition fees. You can also apply for up to £12,167 funding from Student Finance England fund your studies.

If you’re an international student, we have a number of Regional Offers that can help you save money on your tuition fees.

Refer a Friend

When you help a friend or family member to study with Arden through our Refer a Friend programme, both you and the person you refer will receive a £500 Amazon e-voucher or £500 tuition fee credit.

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Meet the faculty

Dr Stephanie West

Stephanie West joined Arden University in November 2020 as Head of the School of Health and Care Management. In addition to her wealth of healthcare industry experience, Stephanie has held a number of Senior Academic and Leadership positions in Health, Social Care and Applied Science faculties at a variety of universities across the UK. Stephanie will provide leadership to the School of Healthcare Management, ensuring that it delivers high quality academic provision and student satisfaction across all courses.

Dr Stephanie West
Head of School - Health and Care Management

Career prospects

Our Master of Public Health programme will prepare you for a career in the public health sector by giving you a broad understanding of contemporary issues in public health, with particular focus on the latest digital and analytical skills sought by employers. 

What will I gain from this degree?

The Master of Public Health course has been designed in collaboration with leading employers to ensure you gain the most important skills needed to flourish in the sector, including the latest competencies in healthcare, data analytics and public health management. This means you’ll be ready to take on senior managerial or leadership roles with confidence after graduation. Whilst studying this course, you will:

  • Gain key skills required for employability in the area of public health practice, management, and research at local, national and international levels. 
  • Prepare for work as a public health practitioner and work in non-governmental organisations, charities, the public sectors, or academic institutions.
  • Develop leadership skills and understand contemporary approaches to managing high performing teams. 
  • Develop analytical research skills as well as digital skills useful in responding to health challenges and designing of public health research. 
  • Evaluate and understand human systems and interventions made to improve health including all types of health services, social services, and all interventions and policies intended to improve health. 
  • Develop an understanding of population health including involvement with all social, economic, physical, chemical and biological conditions that influence or interact with the health of the members of the population.
  • Develop skills and understanding in public and global health challenges and decision-making processes in order to be able to anticipate, plan for, and manage risk.

What can I do after Arden University?

The course prepares you for roles in local authorities and government, private healthcare companies, charities, the NHS, as well as in higher education or research roles. Some of the career opportunities graduates may want to consider include:

  • Policy Analyst
  • Programme Manager
  • Public Health Advisor
  • Public Health Consultant
  • Epidemiologist
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Work with local authorities 
  • Work with national leaders
  • Work with non-governmental organisations and well known national and international charities

This Master of Public Health also helps you build the knowledge and competencies required for registration with relevant professional bodies in public and global health, allowing you to become a fully qualified member of respected organisations, such as the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health, in the future.

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

This course awards a CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership Practice and offers CMI Foundation Chartered Manager Status*

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members  - the gold standard in management. With 140,000 members, the institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect like-minded professionals.

As an Arden student, you'll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.

Upon completion of this CMI-accredited course, you will be awarded CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership Practice and gain CMI Foundation Chartered Manager Status. This recognises you have the skills needed to be an effective manager, helping you stand out from the competition and start your management career journey - with a CMI qualification and a clear pathway to full Chartered Manager status.

*Upon completion of your course, the CMI award and level of chartered status awarded will depend on your level and length of study, whether you entered your course with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) or if any compensation is applied on your modules throughout the duration of study. If this criteria applies to you, you may receive one of the 2 different levels; an Award or Certificate.

Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)

Validation of academic courses in public health by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA), an independent and international non-profit organisation, ensures that curriculum and syllabus content adheres to European standards for contemporary courses, and aligns with the basic structure and core content required from programmes in the field.

The APHEA represents the five leading associations of public health in the European Region. It is committed to assuring and improving the quality of educational activities and training throughout the European Region and internationally. Validation by APHEA means that your qualification is recognised across the public health sector, and provides you with increased employment opportunities both at home and internationally.

Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM)

This course is endorsed by the Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM), whose aim is to create a supportive professional body that is relevant in its activities and modern in its approach and who holds sector leaders in the NHS, social care, third sector and private healthcare amongst its members. The IHSCM works with Arden University to contribute to curriculum development and delivery. As an Arden student, you’ll become a student member of the Institute, giving you access to a diverse range of events, conferences, workshops and networks as well as opportunities for mentoring and coaching. You are also encouraged to apply for full membership of the Institute once you graduate from the course.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) membership.

Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.

Skills for Health

Skills for Health is the UK's leading authority on skills and workforce development for the health sector. NHS and healthcare employers across the UK collaborate with Skills for Help to develop skills, roles, competencies, and strategies that provide better patient outcomes. They champion the entire workforce.

The Quality Mark is the UK’s benchmark for exceptional healthcare training and development. Being endorsed by the Quality Mark ensures that an organisation's training is world class, and has passed a rigorous review process of its delivery, strategy, and quality assurance practices.

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.

As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.