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LSHTM: MSc Courses in Public Health

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine offers 16 Masters courses taught in London and via distance learning, the majority in Public Health especially linked to developing countries. It also offers three types of research degree, MPhil, PhD, and DrPH, which provide exciting opportunities to pursue independent research and advanced training. It also offers a wide range of short study programmes.

London-based MSc courses are offered full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Distance learning MSc courses may be studied over 2-5 years. Both types of course are comprised of teaching units which are taught by expert academic staff. The School is developing its programme so that students may take a mix of London-based and distance learning units by ‘blended learning’. This facility is available for some courses and details are on the website:

MSc Courses

MSc Public Health in Developing Countries
MSc Public Health
Public Health (Environment & Health)
Public Health (Health Economics)
Public Health (Health Promotion)
Public Health (Health Services Management stream)
Public Health (Health Services Research)
Public Health stream
MSc Public Health Nutrition
MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing
MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health
MSc Control of Infectious Diseases
MSc Demography & Health
MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research
MSc Sexually Transmitted Infections & HIV
Masters Degrees by Distance Learning
PG Diploma and MSc in Infectious Diseases (by distance learning)
PG Diploma and MSc in Public Health (by distance learning)

The Structure of the Masters Degree in London

All courses offer an initial period of orientation followed by study of 'core' material (Term 1), a range of core and optional study units (Terms 2 & 3), and project work (Term 3). Assessment is by a combination of two formal written examinations in June, in-course assessment of various types and a project report. For some Masters courses there are also oral (vivas) and practical examinations.
The School takes great pride in the collaborative nature of its teaching and research, and three Masters courses are offered jointly with other London colleges. These are MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing, taught jointly with the London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc Sexually Transmitted Infections & HIV, taught jointly with University College London, and MSc Veterinary Epidemiology taught jointly with The Royal Veterinary College.

Entrance Requirements

A highly competent level of English is an essential requirement. For many courses at least a Second-class Honours degree is required from a recognised university in health sciences, social sciences or natural sciences, or a related subject, or a degree in medicine. Applicants with an appropriate technical qualification and work experience, who can demonstrate equivalent academic ability, will be considered. Successful candidates are expected to have lived in a developing country and worked in activities related to public health for a minimum of two years.

For other courses students are normally practising doctors; they must have a degree in medicine and be registered medical practitioners. Preference will be given to candidates who have a minimum of two years of experience working in clinical medicine (in any country) with recent professional experience in a relevant discipline.

For more detailed information on all the courses available and entry requirements for each course please visit LSHTM’s website