Teaching and students

We organise and lecture on a number of courses related to humanitarian crises and public health both at LSHTM and through external partners.


Health in Humanitarian Crises by Distance Learning

Health in Humanitarian Crises by distance learning

Our brand new Health in Humanitarian Crises distance learning programme (PGCert, PGDip & MSc) focuses on the knowledge and skills to improve the health of populations affected by humanitarian crises in different settings around the globe. You will be encouraged to develop transferable and subject-specific skills to address multi-faceted and current health problems in their local setting, as well as internationally.

This course is aimed at professionals who may already be involved in delivering public health projects in humanitarian crises at community, hospital or district level, in research, in ministries of health or other health- or development-related organisations. The self-study programme will suit practitioners, policy-makers or researchers who wish to deepen their understanding of humanitarian issues and increase their potential for career development in public health.

Find out more and apply


Within the LSHTM master’s programmes, the following crises-related MSc modules are available to registered students and also to a small number of external students:

Crises-related teaching is also available in the MSc modules, 'Global Mental Health' (distance learning) and 'Designing Disease Control Programmes' (intensive) and the Professional Diploma in Tropical Nursing .

Find out all the courses available at LSHTM.


We have also developed a number of free external courses intended to support the development of practitioners, policy-makers, and the public in addressing health in humanitarian crises.

The use of epidemiological tools in conflict-affected populations: A free online course developed by Centre members, intended for non-epidemiologists and policy-makers operating in humanitarian crises.

Summer projects

One of the key roles the Centre plays is to support MSc students who wish to conduct humanitarian-related summer projects.

We do this in two ways – by identifying staff members with existing research ideas that would work as summer projects, and by connecting students with a summer project idea with Centre members who could support them.

Become a Student Liaison Officer (SLO) for the Crises Centre

  • Be an official representative of the Centre and the voice of the student body
  • Help to forge a community spirit with fellow students and build links throughout LSHTM's global community
  • Develop your interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills
  • Gain opportunities for academic and social networking with fellow students and staff
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of topic area outside of the curriculum
  • Receive official recognition of your work to add to your CV

SLOs can contribute to Centres in a number of ways, depending on your particular set of skills/capabilities and preferences.


  • Generate comms ideas and themes to promote the work and events of Centres to the student body
  • Produce comms required by the Centre e.g. newsletter, blog post/website article, content for social media
  • Support Centres with organising and promoting internal student events e.g. careers fairs/event/clubs, student networking events
  • Where relevant collaborate with other Centre SLOs on joint activities
  • You may be asked to attend Centre management or steering committee meetings to be the voice of the student body
  • Work alongside the Centre PhD student representative (if there is one) on the above


SLOs should contribute throughout the year but this is expected to be heavier at the start of the academic term. Once you are in post you will meet the Centres staff to agree commitments.  You will be supported in this role by your chosen Centre’s staff and Comms & Engagement staff

Who are we looking for?

As a Student Liaison Officer, you should be:

  • Confident, with strong communication skills
  • Enthusiastic (about LSHTM and the work of the Crises Centre)
  • Professional
  • Personable
  • Reliable
  • Committed to LSHTM’s Values

How to apply

To apply, please complete the expression of interest form.

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