MPH International Health

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MPH International programme in UCD has been developed to offer multi-disciplinary training and development in Public Health, emphasising the knowledge and tools to analyse the factors that influence public health in an international environment.
  • Knowledge of the factors influencing health status.
  • The epidemiological skills of study design and analysis.
  • Ability to work as an active team member in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health policy.

Careers & Employability

As UCD has a globally acclaimed reputation in the area of Public Health learning, you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a wide range of careers in the Public Health sector.
Many of our former students hold significant posts in Public Health in various parts of the world. MPH Graduates include, for example, Consultants in Public Health Medicine, University Professors and Ministry of Health Medical Officers.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Increasingly public health problems are global requiring global solutions and with the freer movement of people and human & animal foodstuffs infectious diseases, and contaminated product, can rapidly become widely disseminated. 

The health of a country’s citizens is often dependent on the controls and public health infrastructure in operation.  International surveillance and early warning systems were never more important but the thresholds for accessing the health service and the efficacy of public health systems varies greatly.  

Mortality and morbidity are not evenly distributed across societies and poorer people suffer poorer health.  Infectious diseases, chronic diseases, obesity and protein energy malnutrition all have an international dimension.  The disparity in the economic  situation between countries, and between subpopulations within countries, grows ever wider as does the associated health status.

Many graduates from the MPH work in the international arena and this stream of the MPH, where the two international health modules are compulsory and the thesis will encompass an international health topic, should position them better for employment in this sphere.

The Master of Public Health (International Health) provides broad-based education and training in the basic disciplines which underlie the practice of Public Health, including disease epidemiology, research methods and statistics, international health, global health threats, health promotion, environmental health, sociology and health policy. The course provides the academic foundation for the practice of Public Health in an international context. The MPH (International Health) will specifically focus on health problems in low and middle income countries, including the promotion of health, prevention and treatment of disease, palliative care and rehabilitation and devising appropriate health delivery models. We value and therefore encourage out students to be active, motivated autonomous learners. The learning environment is multi-disciplinary in nature. Tutorials, seminars and group work are important features of the teaching approach. Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of semester examinations and a research thesis. Assessment approaches include written assignments, oral presentations (both group and individual), data analysis and written examinations. 

  • Graduates will be able to identify and apply appropriate epidemiological methods for study design.
  • Graduates will be able to identify and apply appropriate statistical analysis to analyse a public health problem.
  • Graduates will be able to identify the factors contributing to morbidity and mortality in low and middle-income countries, to identify the challenges facing the achievement of the Millennium Developmental Goals and to formulate appropriate context-specific solutions to overcome them.
  • Graduates will be able to identify the occurrence and distribution of health and illness in populations analyse and to interpret health data to assess community needs and resources.
  • Graduates will demonstrate critical appraisal skills.
  • Graduates will demonstrate understanding of health promotion and disease prevention and the importance of advocacy as a public health professional.
  • Graduates will demonstrate understanding of the breadth of the role of public health in the health services.

MPH International Health (X498) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 10200
nonEU    fee per year - € 22450

MPH International Health (X499) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4940
nonEU    fee per year - € 14550

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

This programme is intended for Graduates of Health Science degree programmes (Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Nursing, or other), Science degree programmes (Biology, Biochemistry, Food Science, Physiology, Pharmacology, or other) or Social Science degree programmes (Psychology, Sociology, Economics, or other) preferably with a 2.1 Award or higher. Awards of 2:2 or less may be considered with additional suitability credentials.  Applicants will be required to provide evidence of the highest level of mathematics achieved in prior education.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Graduate Profile
Dr Victor Mukonka,Senior Lecturer,

Copperbelt University, Zambia
I am trained as medical doctor and work as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health in our Medical School in Zambia. I was the first Zambian to undertake the Masters in Public Health at UCD, and since then I have facilitated more than 25 Zambian doctors to do MPH at UCD. Having worked with some graduates from UCD, I have been inspired by their self-motivation, commitment and dedication to their profession. While studying at UCD, I was impressed by he level of commitment and dedication of the lecturers. UCD provided excellent facilities and a great learning environment, giving me new knowledge and skills that helped me make an impact back home and contribute to the development of my country. The Ministry of Health in Zambia appointed me as the National Director of Public Health & Research, a position I have now held for many years; I owe it to the training and professional development in Public Health that I received from UCD.

The following entry routes are available:

MPH (International Health) FT (X498)
1 Years
Full Time
MPH (International Health) PT (X499)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised