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MSc Public Health


This course covers the whole breadth of public health, which focuses on high-, middle- and low-income countries. Students can follow a general public health course or concentrate on one of five more specific streams. Which stream to follow will depend on individual needs and is decided with support of course directors and tutors during Term 1.

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

The decision of which stream to follow will depend on the needs of the student and can be discussed with the Course Directors, while the Course FAQs provide further details on choosing a stream.

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

Duration: one year full time; part-time or split-study over two years. Modes of study explained.

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).


Watch Course Directors and students talk about the course.

The diversity and international experience of lecturers and students is visible through the impressive level of international and national research and publications.
Cecilia de Villiers, South Africa


Term 1

All students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:

  • Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy
  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Introduction for Health Economics
  • Principles of Social Research

Term 1 Additional Modules

All students take two additional modules, selected from the following:

  • Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
  • Health Policy, Process & Power
  • Health Promotion Theory
  • Health Services
  • Issues in Public Health

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 Global 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 six streams. 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.

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

Entry requirements

A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & 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 Master's programme is at least one of the following:

  • 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
  • a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies

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

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

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.

Admissions FAQs

Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.

Fees and funding

Fees 2016/2017
Home Full-time £8,700
  Part-time / Split-study £4,350
Overseas Full-time £20,450
  Part-time / Split-study £10,225

Scholarships and funding opportunities

How to apply

Application for London-based Study

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.

Applicants wishing to be considered for School scholarships should apply as early as possible. Deadlines for scholarship applications appear on the Master's funding page. 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 page. All applicants should be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year.

Students interested in part-time or split-study should contact the Course Directors, via the Registry, to discuss course requirements and likely timetables, and should read the Master's degree information.

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