Personal Professional Development in Public Health or Primary Care

The Personal Professional Development course meets the training needs of health professionals who are either interested in a career in public health or want to develop new skills in a specific area of public health, primary care or research methods.
Contemporary public health practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible, with broad experience of a range of subject areas.
The CPD courses will equip you with:

  • the skills and knowledge to apply to public health concerns at local, national and international level;
  • the ability to apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations;
  • the capability of meeting core-competencies in public health;
  • research skills such as epidemiology, biostatistics and qualitative research methods.

You can take the CPD courses as part of a personal career development programme, or if you are considering a substantive degree in public health and have been out of education for some time.
Both distance and blended learning options are available to help you fit study around your other commitments.
See the Course unit list for more information about each unit, or contact . You can also visit the UK Leadership and Public Health Strategy page for details of this blended learning course.
Find out more about the course and apply online at

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered online and through a blended approach, allowing you to study flexibly at a pace that suits your own requirements.
We use a learning structure with a recommended pace to ensure your progression within individual units.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. The assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.This CPD programme is not award-bearing and allows you to complete up to three units from the MPH syllabus.
After successfully completing this level of the course, you could then be considered for progression to the award-bearing levels of our course.

Entry requirements

We will consider applications demonstrating professional experience related to these CPD courses.
Full entry requirements

How to apply

You should apply for our CPD units by completing this online application form . See the Advice to applicants section for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Modular (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits
    International students (per annum): £1,850 per 15 credits

Contact details

Academic department: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name: Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 0604