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Masters Public Health MSc

This course is concerned with how to improve the health of populations, communities and particular groups within them through the promotion of health and prevention of diseases; the provision and evaluation of treatment and care; and the investigation and control of environmental threats to health.

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This course is now closed for applications.  
Applications for 2016-17 will open in November 2015.

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Intercalating this course

On successful completion of the course, students will receive an MSc degree in Public Health. This will reflect their choice of stream.

MSc Public Health Streams available:

The decision of which stream to follow will depend on the needs of the student and can be discussed with the Course Directors. See Course FAQ for more details on choosing a stream.

In addition to the MSc in Public Health, other MSc courses at the School may be relevant to students with a public health interest and applicants should review the relevant pages of this website as follows: (i) MSc Public Health in Developing Countries - for those with an interest in developing countries; (ii) MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing - for applicants with a particular interest in health policy; (iii) MSc Public Health Nutrition - for those with a major interest in nutrition.

Course Duration

The MSc Public Health is full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Students taking the course over two years can choose to attend part-time throughout both years (this involves attending the School at least two days each week during term-time)

Alternatively, students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.

* The tuition fees for part-time and split-study students are for each year of study. Please note that fees are subject to an increase each year. 

This course is accredited by the Agency for Accreditation of Public Health Education in the European Region (APHEA) which is the accreditation body of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

" With its international reputation as one of the leading public health schools in the world, LSHTM can offer you the knowledge, theory, and practical skills necessary to tackle these problems and many more. Gideon Gorit from the USA studied the MSc in Public Health. - Full profile

This degree covers the whole breadth of public and global health allowing students to follow a general stream of study (public health stream), which focuses mainly on high- and middle-income countries, or to concentrate on one of five other streams:

Term 1 Compulsory Modules (the Public Health common core)

In Term 1 all students on the MSc Public Health complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules. These are: Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy; Basic Epidemiology; Introduction to Health Economics; and Principles of Social Research.

Term 1 Additional Modules

All students also take two additional modules in Term 1. These are selected from the following five modules: Issues in Public Health; Health Promotion Theory; Health Services; Environment, Health & Sustainable Development; or Health Policy, Process & Power.

Important note: One of these modules may be compulsory for a particular stream. Those who have not completed the named module in Term 1 will not be able to take that stream in Terms 2 and 3.

Term 1 Supplementary Modules

Students unfamiliar with computers will need to take the introductory course in basic computer skills. Students are also encouraged to attend the Public Health Lecture Series and seminars organised by Research Modules.

Terms 2 and 3

By the middle of Term 1 students must have selected one of the streams listed above. During Terms 2 and 3 all students will take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot. For most streams two of these modules are compulsory. Which modules these are, and what other modules are available, differs according to the stream.Details are given under each stream.

Further details for the course modules

Project Report

In addition, all students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September. The nature of this project may differ between streams, and the content must be relevant to the stream.

Titles of some recent summer projects completed by students on this MSc

Entrance Requirements

A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Masters programme is:

• a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed.

An additional requirement for the MSc Public Health (all streams) is some evidence of ability in maths, post-16 year education. Preference will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience.

Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.


This course is now closed for applications.  
Applications for 2016-17 will open in November 2015.

Applications for London-based Study

Applications should be made to MSc Public Health in the first instance.

Applications should be made online. Paper application forms are available upon request and will normally incur an administration fee of £50. You must send a copy of the personal details and photograph page of your passport with all paper applications. Your application will not be considered until you have provided the above documents. 

Masters Courses

Applicants wishing to be considered for School scholarships should apply as early as possible. Deadlines for scholarship applications appear on the Masters Funding webpage. Course applications will be considered until all places on the course have been filled. Notification of when a course is closed will appear on the relevant course webpage.All applicants should be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year.

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 last one year for full-time study or two years for part-time study.

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