Studying with the Nuffield Centre

This page contains information about the teaching work of the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development. We also conduct international health research and policy advice and consultancy work.

For 40 years the Nuffield Centre has been successfully training health professionals to ensure they have the knowledge and skills required to work effectively in health systems around the world.

Our aim is to help achieve universal health coverage and strengthen healthcare systems in low and middle-income countries through research, training and knowledge transfer. We are a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Research and Capacity Strengthening of Health Policy, Governance and Services.

We deliver international health research and capacity-building projects, many of which are multi-country, and our students benefit from our up-to-date field work experience.

Why choose the Nuffield Centre?

  • Programmes aimed at either established health professionals or those at an early stage of their career with an interest in international health.
  • MPH programmes with 12 month and 18 month options.
  • Diploma or Certificate programmes and CPD modules based on your career needs and available time.
  • Wide choice of modules including hot topics such as monitoring and evaluation and communicable disease control.
  • Excellent teaching underpinned by international health research and fieldwork.
  • A personal tutor to support you throughout your studies.
  • An excellent International Student Office which offers advice on visas and other issues.
  • Access to the University Language Centre which provides free courses and workshops that are available to you if your first language is not English.
  • An international learning environment, with fellow health professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.
  • Tailor made courses that respond to specific needs of health sector organisations – delivered in country.

The Nuffield Centre gives students the opportunity to mix with colleagues from all over the world and for me the highlights of the programme were the sharing of information from a global community and acquiring skills for the global market.

Sherika, Public Health (International)


If you want ideas about where you might be able to obtain funding for your studies, then we recommend you try the University Scholarships Page. We also provide some additional information on funding your studies.

Geneva study tour

Our study tour is a very popular part of our programmes at the Nuffield Centre. In spring term we organise an optional one week tour to Geneva, Switzerland, which includes visits to a variety of non-governmental organisations.

The cost of this tour is additional to your University registration fee and the cost varies from year to year, please contact us for details. Priority is given to students who take the tour as an optional module but some spaces may be available to students who take it as part of their personal development. All arrangements, including the student Schengen visa, transport, accommodation and travel insurance are organised by the University of Leeds, however you have the option to make your own arrangements if you wish. 

Sponsored students

If you are a sponsored student, we would suggest that you contact your sponsor prior to coming to Leeds to check that the trip is permitted within the terms of the sponsorship.

The whole week of the Geneva tour was full of impressive lectures dealing with various health topics. It helped me widen my perspectives to global health, not only my knowledge.

Hannah, Public Health (International)

We teach the following courses

Intercalated BSc in International Health (undergraduate), Course lead Dr Jenn Parr. Find our more here.

MSc in International Health (postgraduate), Course lead Dr Stephen Pearson. Find out more here

Public Health (International) MPH (postgraduate) Course lead Dr Mayeh Omar. Find out more about the 12 month option and the PGDiploma and PG Certificate.