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Introducing our School

Keppel Street building in Spring 2016
Our Keppel Street building in Spring

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with over 4,000 students and more than 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries across the world.

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, 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.

Research income has grown to more than £110 million per year from national and international funding sources including UK government and research councils, the European Union, the Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation and other philanthropic sources. 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 expanded 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. Our free online courses (Moocs) are studied by more than 30,000 participants globally.

The School performs well in various global university league tables. In the US News Best Global Universities Ranking 2017, we are ranked sixth in the world (together with Oxford University) in the fields of social sciences and public health. The School is ranked 25th for medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. The inaugural Center for World University Rankings by Subject in 2017 placed the School first in the world for tropical medicine research, second for parasitology and seventh for infectious diseases, public environment and occupational health, and social sciences and biomedical. The School was named University of the Year 2016 by Times Higher Education, in recognition of our response to the Ebola epidemic.

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

We seek 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.

HEFCE exceptional funding

The School is one of around 20 specialist institutions that receive exceptional funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). HEFCE exceptional funding recognises the additional costs that the School incurs because of its unique range of teaching, specialist facilities, and the scale of its contributions to national and international agencies.