London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

The course aims to equip students with skills needed to appreciate and analyse public health problems in developing countries, and to design and evaluate actions to improve public health; the course considers issues of global health, development and the provision of health services from a multidisciplinary perspective; by the end of the course students should be able to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in the core public health disciplines (epidemiology, statistics, social sciences, health policy and health economics; demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills in other areas relevant to public health from a wide range of options (e.g., primary health care, medical anthropology, epidemiology and control of malaria, and population studies); apply these skills to identify and assess public health problems in developing countries and evaluate actions designed to improve public health; formulate public health strategies and approaches to public health problems appropriate to a given culture and environment; apply appropriate research skills for evaluation and use of research findings.

Course Modules

Core modules include: extended epidemiology; health policy, process and power; introduction to health economics; principles of social research; statistics for epidemiology and population health. Optional modules include: designing disease control programmes in developing countries; drugs, alcohol and tobacco; economic analysis for health policy; epidemiology and control of malaria; health care evaluation; health promotion approaches and methods; maternal and child nutrition; research design and analysis; sociological approaches to health; study design (writing a proposal); conflict and health; design and analysis of epidemiological studies; family planning programmes; global disability and health; health systems; history and health; population, poverty and environment; qualitative methodologies; statistical methods in epidemiology; applied communicable disease control; current issues in safe motherhood and perinatal health; economic evaluation; epidemiology of non'communicable diseases; medical anthropology and public health; nutrition in emergencies; social epidemiology; spatial epidemiology in public health; tropical environmental health; environmental epidemiology; epidemiology and control of communicable diseases; ethics, public health and human rights; globalisation and health; organisational management; platforms of care for mental disorders; population dynamics and projections; reviewing the literature; sexual health; applying public health principles in developing countries.

Course Additional Entry

Either a 2nd Class Honours degree of a recognised UK university; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme; applicants with an appropriate technical qualification are also welcomed; applicants without these entry requirements but with relevant professional experience may be eligible for admission; applicants are expected to have lived in a developing country and worked in activities related to public health for a minimum of 2 years.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £19,450  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £8,300  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £9,725  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,150  Academic year. First year home fees