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Brunel University, Professional Doctorate in Public Health
Our innovative DrPH programme combines professional placements in Public Health Research, Policy and Practice with an advanced taught component.

Choose from a range of research and professional interests including:
  • International Health
  • Health & Development
  • Tropical Health
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Medical Sociology
  • Health Economics
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Research
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Geography
  • Health and Social Policy
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Rehabilitation and Disability
Brunel UniversityOur DrPH programme provides advanced training in research, analysis and management of population health and will develop leaders in public health practice.

The course fills a gap in the market for public health courses targeted at those wishing to find, or further careers in public health. The doctorate is unique for two reasons - it is cross-disciplinary, with staff from Social Sciences disciplines, as well as Health Sciences, involved in the teaching and research, and students will receive a practical as well as theoretical education in public health, preparing graduates for leadership in the world of public health, rather than academia.

The doctorate, aimed at those currently working in non-governmental organisations, local government, or the NHS who would like to supplement their practical knowledge with an academic qualification, was built following consultation not only with the Royal Society of Health, but also with UNICEF, Tropical Disease Research Programme (WHO) and Primary Care Trusts across the UK.

The programme, in full time mode, takes three years and is divided into two parts. Part I is a two term, intensive, taught element whilst Part II comprises a series of three research-based, professional placements focusing on research, policy and practice within organisations involved in public health activities. Each of the three placements will generate a publishable paper, with the final period spent on assimilating the knowledge gained to create an overall body of work. The Centre has strong links with the Royal Society of Health and the course is likely to be able to offer students a wide range of placements within the Royal Society's affiliate or member organisations (for example, UK NGOs, as well as numerous overseas organisations which have links with the Society).

Brunel's Doctorate in Public Health has been designed to build on the standards set by the Faculty of Public Health and the work of the Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists.


Applicants are normally expected to have a 2.1 or better Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) or Masters degree in a relevant discipline. In addition, applicants are normally expected to have at least 3 years of relevant health or social science related work experience. For overseas applicants whose first language is not English, proof of English competence to a standard of IELTS 7 or equivalent is required.

All students (Home/EU and International) are eligible to apply providing they meet these entry criteria.

How to Apply

Your application for the Doctorate of Public Health should be made as early as possible on Form AR3 obtainable from our website at www.brunel.ac.uk/publichealth. Please send completed application forms, together with a CV,  two references and evidence of your most recent degree certificate and transcripts, to Jennifer Harkin, Doctoral Programmes Manager, Brunel Graduate School, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK.

Further Information

Tel: +44 (0)1895 265347
Fax: +44 (0)1895 269740
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.brunel.ac.uk/publichealth

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