This programme is delivered jointly by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). It addresses a broad range of topics under the One Health paradigm and provides a foundation in the principles of diseases in the context of sociological systems, global health and food safety. Students develop skills related to methodology, transdisciplinary interactions and using a systems approach.
This course is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma
Graduates from this programme will have the knowledge and skills provided by experienced scientists in order to be able to respond rapidly and effectively to outbreaks of disease as well as controlling endemic disease at the interface between humans, animals and the environment. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.
Applications for this course are processed by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), not by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Further details, programme information, and how to apply.
Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
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"The course covered a wide range of disciplines beyond emerging infectious diseases, from epidemiology to anthropology, and has been delivered by those at the top of their game."
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
- understand the One Health concept and approach problem solving using a transdisciplinary methodology
- understand the origin, context and drivers of infectious disease at the human, animal and environment interface
- evaluate impacts of multi-host infections on human, animal and ecosystem health and economics directly, or indirectly via food, vectors or the environment
- develop a One Health systems approach to complex disease issues in monitoring, surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and control
- critically review published literature
- design and complete a research project (MSc only)
The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.
There is a one-week orientation period that includes an introduction to studying at the School and the Royal Veterinary College, followed by four compulsory modules:
- Foundations of One Health (RVC)
- Introduction to Disease Agents for One Health (LSHTM)
- Infectious Disease Emergence (RVC)
- Introduction to One Health Epidemiology and Surveillance (RVC)
Terms 2 and 3
All students take three compulsory modules:
- Economics of One Health (RVC)
- One Health Skills Development (RVC)
- Medical Anthropology and Public Health (LSHTM)
In addition, students choose a fourth module from the following:
- Vector Biology and Vector-Parastite Interactions (LSHTM)
- Environmental Epidemiology (LSHTM)
- Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (LSHTM)
- Globalisation and Health (LSHTM)
Project report (MSc only)
During the second half of the year (April - August), students complete a research project on a topic in one health, for submission by mid-August.
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.
Assessment takes place by eight end-of-module examinations, in-course assignments and by project report and an oral examination.
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.
Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, animal sciences, social sciences, statistics and economics, are all encouraged to apply. Applicants from overseas will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension.
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 veterinary or medical degree.