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Introducing our School

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health.

School building from gardensAn Introduction to the School (PDF)

Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

Founded in 1899 by Sir Patrick Manson, the School has expanded in recent years at its two main sites on Keppel Street and Tavistock Place.

Our staff, students and alumni work in more than 150 countries in government, academia, international agencies and health services. The School’s multidisciplinary expertise includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and immunologists, and we work with partners worldwide to support the development of teaching and research capacity.

Our education provision has increased to more than 1,000 London-based Master's and Research students, 3,000 studying postgraduate courses by distance learning, and 1,000 each year on short courses and continuous professional development. In 2015, we launched a series of free online courses (MOOCs), studied by around 25,000 participants globally.

Research income has grown to more than £92 million per year from national and international funding sources including the UK government and research councils, the European Union, the Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation and other philanthropic sources.

The School is highly ranked in various global university league tables. In 2015, we were ranked third in the world for social sciences and public health in the 2015 US News Best Global Universities Ranking. The School was rated by the 2016 CWTS Leiden Ranking as Europe's top university and fifth in the world for research impact. This ranking is based on the share of institutions’ outputs within the top 1% of papers by citation in all areas of science, and is independent of size of output.

The School is a member of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centres, Universities and National Academies, the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Our Values

The School seeks to foster and sustain a creative and supportive working environment based upon an ethos of respect and rigorous scientific enquiry. We embrace and value the diversity of our staff and student population and seek to promote equality as an essential element in contribution to improving health worldwide.

For more information, read our Annual Report and Strategy.

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Environmental Sustainability
At the School we are committed to delivering our vision of improving health worldwide in an environmentally sustainable way. To this end our commitment to continuous environmental improvements through the ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) ensures we keep looking at ways of reducing our environmental impacts and carbon emissions resulting from our activities and operations.


Image: The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Keppel Street building. Credit: Anne Koerber/LSHTM

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