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Cambridge Public Health

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Undergraduate courses

Public Health teaching in the Clinical School is led by the Public Health Education Group which sits in the University Department of Public Health and Primary Care.

The Public Health Education Group is responsible for the development and delivery of the Public Health teaching for the pre-clinical (years 1 -3) and clinical medical students (years 4 -6) at the University of Cambridge.

The clinical course covers the breadth of public health including the wider determinants of health, health improvement, health protection and health services. The aim is to ensure all students understand a population approach to health and the importance of this to their future role as a doctor.

Post Graduate Courses

MPhil in Population Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health and Primary Care, the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the MRC Biostatistics Unit jointly run an MPhil in Population Health Sciences. The MPhil PHS is a postgraduate master’s degree course that includes the academic disciplines of epidemiologyglobal healthhealth data scienceinfectious diseasespublic health, and primary care research

The course is open to graduates and other qualified candidates (see entry requirements) who wish to pursue a research, practice or leadership career in population health sciences. More information is available at MPhil PHS virtual tour.


Healthcare Innovation: Engineering, Systems and Improvement

The Healthcare Innovation Programme is a set of three successive part-time courses designed to fit with the demands of full-time employment. The programme is structured such that students can progress from the PgCert, through the PgDip and then on to the Master of Studies in a flexible manner.

  • PGCert: Three units, each including a residential week in Cambridge, covering: Research Skills& Innovation, Healthcare Technologies, Health Systems Improvement
  • PGDip: Including units on Patient and Population Health, Healthcare Technologies and Healthcare Systems Innovation
  • MSt: Including a research dissertation that addresses a topic in the space of scientific, medical, social or business innovation under the general theme of healthcare.

PhD Students

All our PhD students are expected to have a relevant Masters or to engage in our one-year Masters course before pursuing a three-year project based doctoral programme. There are currently over 100 PhD students across CIPH embedded in their host research teams and departments.

Current PhD opportunities are advertised on our members’ websites.