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LSHTM is renowned internationally for its research excellence in global public health, and is a leading postgraduate teaching institution. The Centre for History in Public Health has a unique position here, where historians rub shoulders with epidemiologists and public health/ health service researchers from all parts of the world. We promote research and teaching in the history of public health in the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

The study of history can be found in several of the LSHTM's master's degrees and specific modules.  Research degree students also undertake historical research. Training can be carried out on a full-time or part-time basis and either in-house or via distance learning, and we also run a MOOC through FutureLearn. If you are interested in history find out more about opportunities to study with us through the links below.

Study Module/Short Course

The Centre runs a History and Health study module in January/February each year for five weeks. The module is available to in-house MSc students. For more information on how to apply, please visit this page.

Distance Learning

For those who would like to study with us but are unable to come to London for face to face teaching, we also provide a Distance Learning version of the History and Health study module. For more information on how to apply, please visit this page.

Cross-school Modules

We are committed to contributing history lectures to other cross school modules in order to introduce historical perspectives. Martin Gorsky contributes to Principles of Social Research, Induction week History of the School, the NHS lecture series, and the forthcoming Evaluations module. Alex Mold contributes to Health Promotion Theory, Environment, Health and Sustainable Development and Social Epidemiology. Virginia Berridge contributes to Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco.

Research Degrees

Graduate students have produced outstanding theses in a wide array of subjects relating to the history of public health, with particular strengths in the history of substance use and the development of health systems. The topics of recent successful PhD theses include: the development of the British health and safety system; disability policy in post-war Britain; medical cannabis; alcohol and binge drinking; and mental health in India. Many former students now continue to work in the field both at LSHTM and further afield.

Research students benefit from the advice of a specialist supervisor/s and all are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of expertise available within the Faculty and the School more widely.

As a PhD student, you will have many opportunities to present your work and to share ideas through the Faculty’s wide and varied range of research seminars. You are also encouraged to gain valuable experience by establishing and convening your own networks and workshops. PhD students may also gain experience in teaching and leading seminar groups.

A list of current and past PhD students can be found on our about us webpage (under 'Our Team').

Funding

We support students in their applications for funding to study with us.

2020-2021 Wellcome Trust Masters Programme Award in Humanities and Social Science.
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

We run a free, three week MOOC on the 'History of Public Health in Post-war Britain', in conjunction with LSHTM and FutureLearn.

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Why join the course?

History can offer us a unique insight into the public health problems, policies, and practices of the past, and is of critical importance to our understanding of healthcare in the contemporary world.

This online course will offer you an opportunity to bring the past into conversation with the present, enabling you to set the changing nature of public health in post-war Britain in context with changes seen today.

What will you achieve?

Explore the different definitions of public health and describe how these developed over the post-war period Identify the structures, organisations and individuals that put public health into practice Reflect on the challenges faced by public health in post-war Britain Evaluate the different solutions put forward to address public health problems in post-war Britain Interpret contemporary public health structures, challenges and solutions alongside their historical context


Learners from across the world who are intrigued by the history of public health in Britain. No prior knowledge or expertise in the area is needed, although you may be a student, professional, or individual with an interest in an aligned field, such as healthcare, medicine, public health, local government, history, or science.
 

Who is the course for?

Learners from across the world who are intrigued by the history of public health in Britain. No prior knowledge or expertise in the area is needed, although you may be a student, professional, or individual with an interest in an aligned field, such as healthcare, medicine, public health, local government, history, or science.
 

Time commitment
4 hrs per week