Studying for a Masters in Public Health online is a great solution for those students who cannot attend an on-campus course or for whom a full-time commitment to studying doesn't fit in with their career or lifestyle.
It depends on the MPH course as to the experience as an online student as some courses focus on taught modules, whereas others focus more on research and independent study. These are some of the important factors when considering which MPH courses to apply for.
As a general guide whether you're doing a full masters course, a Postgraduate Diploma or are planning on completing a module or two for Professional and Personal Development, you should expect to spend at least 10 to 15 hours a week on your course. If you break that down further, then you will probably expect to study for a couple of hours every day after work and then for most of at least one day at the weekend. The University of Liverpool's online MPH takes 20 months to complete, plus an additional nine months for the dissertation on a part-time basis.
Most MPH courses start off with three modules in the first semester, then one or two more modules and a 7,000 to 10,000-word dissertation. When you are studying part-time online from home you will complete the modules first then move onto the dissertation. Planning is essential if you are to get the necessary research done for both your coursework and your dissertation. Expect to spend time away from home going to libraries or undertaking statistical research. This does make MPH online courses a little different from other online masters, as you will be expected to get out and about.
Only you will know if you will have the work ethic needed for completing extra study outside of your job and other commitments. You won't have the encouragement of your fellow students around you or their unconscious peer pressure when they say they are off to the library. You'll find there will be an online community of your fellow students, but this might not be enough motivation for everyone, as sometimes you will need to dig deep to find that motivation after a long day.
Tuition Fees & Costs
The tuition fees for the online MPH at King's College London are £1,365 per module and the total cost for the masters is £16,380. Think about the little extras like a place to study, a computer and office supplies like printer ink, paper and pens. Factor in other costs such as books you might have to buy and maybe having to pay someone to do your laundry or clean the house.
This depends on the course but all Masters in Public Health courses will have an element of Epidemiology and Statistics to them, as well as often including a module on data gathering techniques, but this depends on the emphasis of the course. The University of Edinburgh online MPH has a wide range of modules available for study. Other modules will often cover topics such as Health Promotion, Health Policy and Health System Analysis. Your dissertation will take up much of the end of your course and this will reflect your future career plans in Public Health.