This programme is delivered jointly by 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.
By the end of this programme, students will be able to:
- interpret the One Health concept and what it may mean in different contexts
- apply a One Health approach to complex disease issues using systems thinking, a trans-disciplinary approach, and apply concepts in order to address multi-faceted problems
- demonstrate learning and understanding of disease ecology, evolution and emergence, and the drivers of and impact of disease (social, economic, biological, demographic, ecological); evaluate disease control and prevention options
- demonstrate the necessary cognitive skills (such as planning, logic and reasoning, comprehension) and scientific skills, including critically reviewing scientific literature, and design and analysis of laboratory and/or field studies
- demonstrate, and continue to develop key skills such as application of scientific knowledge to real world issues in One Health, communication and networking skills, information gathering, statistical numeracy, problem solving and integration of knowledge, ethics and values
- carry out an independent research project, write the results in the form of a journal article and defend their project orally (MSc only)
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 LSHTM. Further details, programme information, and how to apply.
Duration: one year full time; part-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
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"Coming from a background in veterinary medicine, I wanted a mix of the best from the public health world and the veterinary world; One Health was just the right programme."
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.
- Structure of the year
Term 1 (September - December) consists of ten teaching weeks 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 plus a Reading Week in the middle of the term. Followed by the Spring break.
Term 3 (April - September) consists of 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
There is a one-week orientation period that includes an introduction to studying at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College, followed by four compulsory modules:
- Foundations of One Health (RVC)
- Principles of Epidemiology and Surveillance (RVC)
- Research Skills and Statistical Analysis (RVC)
- Infectious Disease Emergence and Control (RVC)
- Term 2
All students take three compulsory modules:
- Economics of One Health (RVC)
- One Health: Situation Analysis and Systems Thinking (RVC)
- Medical Anthropology and Public Health (LSHTM)
In addition, students choose a fourth module from the following:
- Environmental Epidemiology (LSHTM)
- Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (LSHTM)
- Globalisation and Health (LSHTM)
- Vector Biology and Vector-Parastite Interactions (LSHTM)
- Spatial Analysis in Epidemiology (RVC)
- Term 3: 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: Should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access laboratories in order to complete your project, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original time frame. 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 medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at LSHTM.
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Applications for this programme are administered by the Royal Veterinary College and should be made via the RVC website.