Academic year 2021/22
Our ambition is to open our London campus for as much activity as possible but we are mindful that the outbreak of COVID-19 is unprecedented and has the potential to influence the delivery of education around the world for some time to come. We will monitor the pandemic and associated Government restrictions carefully and adjust our plans accordingly.
As part of our response to the ongoing pandemic LSHTM has developed a flexible learning model allowing a switch between face-to-face and digital delivery as circumstances dictate.
The programme provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated programme covers epidemiological, dietary, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include: maternal and child nutrition; nutrition in emergencies; nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring; nutrition-related chronic disease. The main programme focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries – although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to all populations globally.
The programme attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in low- and middle-income countries. This course is not a dietetic qualification.
The MSc Nutrition for Global Health is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (Accreditation number: AC226). Graduates have the right to apply for direct entry to the UKVRN at Registered Associate Nutritionist level, which entitles them to use the letters ANutr after their names. Other benefits of AfN registration.
Duration: one year full-time; part-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
MSc Nutrition for Global Health
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"I have recently been interviewed for a high-level position and feel that my career path is now stronger and I owe that to the School."
By the end of this programme students should be able to:
- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of public health nutrition at biological, social & policy levels
- assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, including: anthropometry, dietary analysis, statistics, epidemiology, qualitative methods, research, computing & information retrieval
- interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels
- evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies on public health nutrition
- disseminate and present research findings in a range of formats and contexts
- identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts
- apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals
The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Programme and module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.
- View programme specifications (2021/22)
- View module specifications (2020/21)
- Module availability chart (coming soon)
- Structure of the year
Term 1 (September - December) consists of ten teaching weeks for AB1 slot modules, plus one Reading Week* in the middle of the term. Followed by the Winter break.
Term 2 (January - March) consists of a further ten weeks of teaching for C and D slot modules, plus a Reading Week in the middle of the term. C modules are taught in five half-week blocks before Reading Week. D modules are taught in five half-week blocks after Reading Week. Followed by the Spring break.
Term 3 (April - September) consists of five weeks of teaching for E slot modules, taught in half-week blocks, revision time, examinations and the project report.
*Reading Week is a week during term where no formal teaching takes place. It is a time for private study, preparing for assessments or attending study/computer skills workshops. There are two Reading Weeks at LSHTM: one in November and the other in February.
- Term 1
All students take three compulsory AB1 modules:
- Fundamental Public Health Nutrition
- Basic Epidemiology
- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
One additional optional module may also be taken from:
- Foundations for Health Promotion
- Health Policy, Process & Power
- Principles of Social Research
- Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2). The list below shows recommended or compulsory modules. There are other optional modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Programme Director (see module availability chart - coming soon).
- Maternal & Child Nutrition (compulsory)
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
- Nutrition in Emergencies
- Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases (compulsory)
- (See module availability chart for options - coming soon)
- Project report
During the summer months (July - August), students complete research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work, for submission by early September.
Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we are not currently in a position to guarantee that overseas or field based projects will be possible or that London based laboratories will be accessible. Whilst we are hopeful that the situation will change before next summer, should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access labs, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original timeframe. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year.
Changes to the programme
LSHTM will seek to deliver this programme in accordance with the description set out on this programme page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for LSHTM to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
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:
- an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) 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 encouraged.
Applicants who have worked in nutrition, health or other relevant global nutrition activities will be given preference. It is essential that applicants from a non-nutrition or health background prepare both for their application and the MSc through pre-programme reading. Suggested online and book resources can be found on our new students pages in the "Reading list" section.
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.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B
Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information
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
Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
- Example job titles:
Dietitian and Nutritionist
Humanitarian Nutrition Trainee
Nutrition Business Development Officer
Public Health Dietician
Health and Nutrition Area Co-Ordinator
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
- Example organisations:
Action Against Hunger
International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Save the Children UK
Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA)
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
Medical Research Council
United Nations (UN)
HENRY (Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young)
“Nutrition and public health are not topics that people talk about every day, even though we should. I love that when I have lunch I can find people who want to talk about the newest malaria pill or the sugar tax. You can always ask questions and people are here to support you.”
Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.
Please also read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.
You can apply for up to two master's. Make sure to list them by order of preference as consideration will be given to your top choice first.
All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.
We strongly advise that you apply early as popular programmes will close earlier than the stated deadline if they become full.
The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2021/22 academic year is:
- Sunday 27 June 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa
- Sunday 8 August 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-Student visa students
A standard application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission.
Tuition fee deposit
Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admission and pay the £500 deposit within 28 days of receipt, or their place will be released and the offer automatically declined. The deposit is deductible from tuition fees upon full registration with LSHTM.