This course aims to develop critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing and to enable students to devise appropriate health policy responses. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. This is a joint programme provided by the School and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).
The course provides training relevant to countries at all levels of development, although participants are able to specialise.
Graduates enter careers in global health and national health policy and planning, research, advisory or advocacy roles in governments and international agencies.
Full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Part-time students are expected to attend the School at least two and a half days each week and should discuss this with the Course Directors if offered a place.
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By the end of this course students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of global and national health policies, including current and emerging trends and also of disciplines relevant to the study of health policy, planning and financing (epidemiology, health economics and other social sciences)
- apply their knowledge and skills using a multidisciplinary approach to formulate, implement and evaluate health policies and plans
- demonstrate written and verbal competence in communicating empirical evidence and in consolidating and critically appraising debates relevant to issues of health policy and health financing
- demonstrate competence in key research and presentation skills, such as undertaking a literature search, a critical review of published literature or to evaluate research findings
Programme specifications: A comprehensive summary of the key elements of the degree, including educational aims and intended learning outcomes, plus details on programme structure, assessment requirements, student support and more.
Students must take courses to the value of eight modules, and complete a 10,000 word dissertation (20% of the overall MSc)
All participants take:
- Compulsory LSE module: Financing Health Care
- Compulsory LSHTM module: Health Services
- One additional module at LSE out of the following range: Health Economics, Pharmaceutical Economics, or Foundations of Health Policy.
- One additional module at LSHTM out of the following range: Health Policy, Process and Power, Basic Epidemiology or Issues in Public Health.
Term 2 and 3:
- In addition to the compulsory modules listed above, students will be able to take 4 further modules from either LSE or LSHTM.
- For modules to be taken at LSE, any restrictions will be included in the programme specification, and may be adjusted by LSE. At present it is proposed that any LSE graduate module may be taken, subject to approval by the Course Directors.
- For modules to be taken at LSHTM, any restrictions will be included in the programme specification, and may be adjusted by LSHTM.
- Compulsory' modules - will not at present apply for terms 2 or 3.
- Recommended' modules (mainstream choices) - similar to the options available within compulsory term 1 elements.
- Optional' modules (peripheral choices) - students should consult the course handbook and, if necessary, their tutor or the Course Director before selecting any of these modules.
- Any LSHTM Linear or Study Modules , chosen from a list of approved modules.
It will not normally be possible to take other LSHTM modules except as a 'special case' choice requiring formal approval by the Course Director and Departmental Taught Course Director. Students may make a maximum of one such choice within the degree.
In all cases, each student's full set of module choices must be approved by the Course Directors at LSE and LSHTM in order to confirm that students' choices fit with their stated career aims and form a coherent set of modules for the MSc. Students must also meet the entrance requirements for each particular module. Guidance based on the programme specification will be provided in the course handbook, to outline the key differences between recommended modules and provide comments where relevant on optional modules - to help both students and tutors differentiate between these and make module choices most appropriately.
Applicants must normally satisfy LSHTM’s general entrance requirements and additional programme specific entrance requirements to be considered for admission. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the procedures and deadlines given in the web-based or printed prospectus.
• The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration is at least a second-class Honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme. Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.
• Ideally candidates should have prior work experience in areas relating to health, policy, planning and financing. Preference will be given to such candidates given the competitive nature of this course. A minimum of one year’s experience in health policy or public health related work is recommended.
• Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. The Registry can advise on eligibility to apply in such cases.
Application for London-based Study
Applications can be made online by using the following links:
- MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing 2013/4 (Full time)
- MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing 2013/4 (Part time)
Alternatively, applications can be downloaded here:
Paper applications should be sent either by post to The Registry, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, United Kingdom or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructions on how to complete these forms and an outline of the application process are available with the relevant Application Forms or by viewing the Online Application Guidelines.
Please note: You must send a copy of the personal details and photograph page of your passport with your application form.
Your application will not be considered until you have provided the above documents.
Applicants wishing to be considered for School scholarships are advised to apply by 1 March 2013. Please note that this is not a closing date. Although we accept applications all year round, other applicants are also advised to apply before this date as courses can become full rapidly. While early application is encouraged, late applications are always considered until all places on the course have been filled. All applicants should be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year, 30 September 2013.
All Masters courses are offered on a part-time basis over two years. Students interested in part-time study should contact the appropriate Course Organiser, via the Registry, to discuss course requirements and likely timetables, and should read the Masters degree information.
There are two ways of undertaking part-time study:
1) attending part-time throughout the two years: Students need to be available for up to four or five half days every week for 27 weeks per year. Evidence may be required to prove that applicants are able to commit this minimum period of time to their study
2) attending full-time for modules in the first two terms in Year 1 (September-March), and undertaking third term modules, exams and project in Year 2 (April - September). Such an option may be attractive to applicants who are unable to be released from employment for a continuous twelve-month period. This option is called split study.
All courses commence on 30 September 2013 and last one year for full-time study or two years for part-time study.