Academic year Students may complete the UKAP Level 7 Diploma in Public Health programme online.

Term 1

Term 1 core module teaching will be delivered online only, with a combination of synchronous (live and interactive) and asynchronous (recordings, independent study, individual exercises, etc) activities.

Throughout the year there will be programme- and level 7 activities, such as seminars and a themed lecture series and discussion forums. These will allow students to study the programme safely at a distance but remain together as a community.


The programme

This programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to address public health challenges through research and practice. It covers the whole breadth of public health, encompassing low-, middle- and high-income countries. It reflects local, national and international public health agendas, and provides the opportunity to explore public health issues in depth with academics, researchers and practitioners.

After a series of compulsory core modules, students will be able to focus on a specialised stream of study, including the option to follow a general public health programme. On successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health. This will reflect their choice of stream:

•             Environment & Health

•             Health Economics

•             Health Promotion

•             Health Services Management

•             Health Services Research


Accredited by:

Medical Council of America and Higher Learning Commission of UK



The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.


Term 1

All students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:

·         Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy

·         Basic Epidemiology

·         Issues in Public Health

·         Principles of Social Research


Term 1 Additional Modules
All students take two additional modules, selected from the following:

·         Environment, Health & Sustainable Development

·         Foundations for Health Promotion

·         Health Policy, Process & Power

·         Health Services

·         Introduction to Health Economics


Important note: one of these modules may be compulsory for a particular stream. Those who have not completed the named module in Term 1 will not be able to take that stream in Terms 2 and 3.

Term 1 Supplementary Modules
Students unfamiliar with computers will need to take the introductory course in basic computer skills. Students are also encouraged to attend the Global Health Lecture Series and seminars organised by Research Modules.


Terms 2 and 3
By the middle of Term 1 students must have selected one of the six streams. During Terms 2 and 3 all students will take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot. For most streams two of these modules are compulsory. Which modules these are, and what other modules are available, differs according to the stream.


Project Report
In addition, all students prepare a project report during the summer months (July – August), for submission by early September. The nature of this project may differ between streams, and the content must be relevant to the stream.

Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we are not currently in a position to guarantee that overseas or field based projects will be possible or that London based laboratories will be accessible. Whilst we are hopeful that the situation will change before next summer, should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access labs, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original timeframe. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year. 

Public Health (General stream) The decision about which stream to follow will depend on each student’s needs and can be discussed with tutors and the programme directors, with the final choice being made during Term 1. In addition to compulsory stream-specific modules, students will be able to choose modules from a wide selection covering all aspects of public health.

In addition to the Level 7 Public Health Diploma, other programmes at UKAP may be relevant to students with an interest in public health and applicants should review the pages of other courses as follows: (i) Level 7 Diploma in Public Health for Development – for those with an interest in low-income countries; (ii) Level 7 Diploma in  Health Policy, Level 7 Diploma in Planning & Financing – for applicants with a particular interest in Health Policy; (iii) Level 7


Diploma in Nutrition for Global Health – for those with an interest in nutrition.

Duration: one year full-time; half-time or split-study over two years. 


Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirements for the Level 7 Diploma in Public Health are:

·         An upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

·         Work experience: preference will be given to applicants with relevant work experience, this includes both paid and voluntary work, internships etc.

·         Additional requirement: applicants for the Level 7 Diploma in Public Health (all streams) will need to provide some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education. This could include:

o    “A” level or a higher school certificate,

o    a module within an undergraduate degree (such as quantitative methods, epidemiology or statistics)

o    statistics studied as part of a general research methods course.

Any student who does not meet the minimum academic entry requirement above but who has significant relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission.