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Public Health by Distance Learning

(Certificate, Diploma and MSc)

Overview
 

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Overview - Public Health by Distance Learning
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These courses provide students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the improved health of populations and particular groups within them through the promotion of health and prevention of diseases; the development and evaluation of care practices; and the investigation and control of environmental threats to health. Students are instructed in the development, use and critical evaluation of conceptual models, evidence, methods of analysis, and practical interventions.

These programmes provide students with the knowledge and skills to address diverse public health issues in low, middle and high income settings.  The varied curriculum allows students to opt for a broad range of knowledge or to concentrate on specialised areas. The programme offers four alternative streams; the general Public Health stream and three specialist streams: Environment and Health; Health Promotion and Health Services Management.

Students on this programme come from diverse backgrounds. Many are health professionals working at a service or policy level, while others wish to obtain public health skills that they can apply to their work in development, community services, government, research or teaching. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

The aims and learning outcomes are detailed in the programme specification.

Course You study Study period
Master's Either 14 modules or 11 modules plus a project report 2-5 years
Postgraduate Diploma 10 modules 2-5 years
Postgraduate Certificate 6 modules 1-5 years
Individual modules Studying individual modules is an ideal option if you wish to update your professional knowledge or sample the programme.  

This programme is also available as a 1 year intensive master's with our MSc Public Health.

Public Health by Distance Learning

Description

Dr Dina Khan who works for the World Health Organization, studied the School's MSc Public Health by distance learning.

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Anita Kabarambi
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Anita Kabarambi, Uganda
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“LSHTM is one of the world-leading institutions in training public health specialists and my dream had always been to study there. My favourite aspect of the programme was the flexibility for someone one like me in full-time employment."

Structure
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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.

Programme structure
  • Postgraduate Certificate: 6 modules (4 compulsory core PHM1 + 2 further core PHM1 modules)
  • Postgraduate Certificate: 10 modules (4 compulsory core PHM1 + 2 further core PHM1 + 4 elective modules)*
  • Master’s Degree: 11 modules plus a project report OR 14 modules:
    • 4 compulsory core PHM1 modules
    • 1 stream-specific PHM1 module
    • 1 further core PHM1 module
    • 1 stream-specific PHM2 module
    • 7 elective modules (at least three from the PHM2 selection group) OR 4 elective modules (at least 1 from the PHM2 selection group) plus a project report

*For the PG Diploma elective modules, at least two modules must be taken from PHM2 selection group.

†Students on the MSc General stream take an additional PHM2 elective module in place of a stream-specific PHM2 module.

It is possible to register for the PG Certificate in the first instance then, on successful completion of the compulsory and further core modules, extend your registration to the PG Diploma or MSc.

The majority of modules listed below are also available to study as individual modules.

Core PHM1 modules (PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc)
  E&H HP HSM Gen
Compulsory core modules        
PHM101 Basic Epidemiology C C C C
PHM102 Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy C C C C
PHM103 Introduction to Health Economics C C C C
PHM104 Principles of Social Research C C C C
Further core modules        
PHM105 Issues in Public Health R     C
PHM106 Environment, Health & Sustainable Development C      
PHM107 Foundations for Health Promotion   C    
PHM108 Health Services     C  
PHM109 Health Policy, Process & Power   R R R

E&H - Environment & Health stream
HP - Health Promotion stream
HSM - Health Services Management stream
Gen - General stream

C - compulsory module for that stream
R - recommended module for that stream

PHM2 modules (PG Diploma and MSc)
  E&H HP HSM Gen
PHM201 Health Decision Science     R  
PHM203 Economic Analysis for Management & Policy     R  
PHM204 Economic Evaluation       R
PHM205 Environmental Epidemiology R      
PHM206 Environmental Health Policy C R   R
PHM207 Health Care Evaluation   R R R
PHM209 Globalisation & Health R R   R
PHM210 Managing Health Services     R  
PHM211 Medical Anthropology in Public Health R R    
PHM212 Organisational Management     C R
PHM213 Principles and Practice of Health Promotion R C   R
PHM214 Conflict and Health   R   R
PHM215 History and Health R R   R
PHM216 Sexual Health   R   R
PHM218 Applied Communicable Disease Control R     R
PHM219 Evaluation of Public Health Interventions   R R R

E&H - Environment & Health stream
HP - Health Promotion stream
HSM - Health Services Management stream
Gen - General stream

C - compulsory module for that stream
R - recommended module for that stream

Other elective modules (PG Diploma and MSc)
  • EPM202 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • GHM201 Health Systems
  • IDM201 Bacterial Infections
  • IDM202 Nutrition and Infection
  • IDM203 Parasitology
  • IDM205 Healthcare-associated Infection
  • IDM213 Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
  • IDM215 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • IDM301 Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
  • IDM501 HIV
  • IDM502 Tuberculosis
  • IDM503 Malaria
  • PHM305 Project Report (MSc only)
Project report (MSc only)

All MSc students have the option to apply to undertake a project report (PHM305), which is equivalent to three module credits.

Methods of assessment

Assessment varies from module to module but will include a combination of unseen written examinations and written assignments. Details are given in the module specifications.

Examinations take place once a year in June.

Credit awarded

Credits will be awarded for all elements successfully completed: 10 credits for each PHM1 module; 15 credits for PHM2 and elective modules; and 45 credits for the project option (MSc only). To successfully pass an award, the following credits must be gained:

  • Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits
  • Master's – 180 credits
Blended learning: taking modules in London

After successful completion of a minimum number of core modules, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students may also be eligible for the blended learning option, which allows for the study of up to two modules only (from a restricted list) at LSHTM in London during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. Please note that these options, and the dates when the modules are held at LSHTM, are subject to change - full details will be sent to all distance learning students in July each year.

Changes to the course
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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.

How you study
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Flexible study

We know that if you have a full-time job, family or other commitments, and wish to study at a distance, you will have many calls on your time. The course allows you to study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.You have between 1-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Certificate, and between 2-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc. 

The study year for most modules runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams. Tutorial support is available throughout this time. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work which is carried out in their final year.

Support

  • a web-based learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)
  • personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments
  • tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year, through the online Virtual Learning Environment
  • communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or through learning support groups
Fees & funding
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The fees below refer to the 2022/23 academic year. Fees are subject to annual review and may be paid in one of two ways:

Either: on initial registration, a single payment covering the programme registration fee and all module fees for the duration of the programme
Master's                       £16,000
Postgraduate Diploma   £12,670
Postgraduate Certificate   £9,360
Application fee (non-refundable) for PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc   £107
Or: pay the initial programme registration fee, plus the fee for each module you are taking in the first year. Then, in subsequent years, you pay the fee for each new module you take.
Initial registration fee £1,470
Fee per core module £1,300
Fee per advanced/ elective module £810
Fee for final project £2,490
Individual modules (taken on a stand-alone basis with no registration fee)
Fee per core module £1,630
Fee per advanced/ elective module £2,390
Application fee (non-refundable) none

When to pay

Fees may be paid in one of two ways:

Either, pay the total fee on registration by making a single payment. This covers the registration fee and all module fees;

Or, if you prefer to spread out your payments, pay the registration fee plus the fee for each module you want to take in the first year, and then in subsequent years pay the fee for each new module you take.

How to pay

All fees must be paid in pounds sterling (GBP) directly to the University of London. The University of London accepts:

  • Western Union - Quick Pay
  • Credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron, JCB)
  • Sterling banker's draft/cheque
  • International money/postal order 

Further details are given on the University of London website

Other costs

In addition to the fees payable to the University of London, you should also budget for the fee charged by your local examination centre to cover its costs; this fee will vary. MSc students who are carrying out a project may also need to budget for travel expenses or consumables, depending on the type of project undertaken.

Entry requirements
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Academic Requirements

All applicants are required to have:

  • a minimum of one year's relevant work experience; and
  • a first or second class honours degree or the equivalent, in a subject appropriate to the course, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London.

Qualifications from around the world are accepted; for further guidance please see University of London's qualifications for entrance. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of LSHTM on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

English Language Requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS7.0 overall, with 6.5 in the written test and 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.
  • TOEFL iBT100 overall, with 24+ in writing, 23+ in speaking, 22+ in reading and 21+ in listening.
  • Pearson Test (Academic)68 overall, with 62+ in writing and 59+ in listening, reading and speaking.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English185 overall, with 176+ in writing and 169+ in listening.
  • Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 130.

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

If you do not meet these requirements but believe you can meet the standard, the University of London may also consider your application.

Computer Requirements

You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London website and the Student Portal. These are where your programme’s study resources are located. Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter exams and use your programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the University of London Online Library, networking opportunities and other resources.

To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents should be 50 MB

and the following applications installed:

  • word processor that reads Microsoft Word format (.doc)
  • Adobe, or other pdf reader

Some of the CD-ROMs and software provided for use with Epidemiology modules may not be fully compatible with Apple Mac computers.

*Full mobile access is not available for all programmes

How to apply
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Our distance learning programmes are run in collaboration with the University of London, a federation of 18 independent member institutions and universities, of which the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is one.

Please choose which qualification you would like to apply for. The link will take you directly to the University of London application portal.

  • MSc Public Health
    Gain the MSc Public Health by completing either 14 modules, or 11 modules plus a project report.
     
  • PGDip Public Health

    Gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health by completing ten modules.

  • PGCert Public Health

    Gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health by completing six modules.

  • Short courses

    Study individual courses from the Public Health programme.

Application process/deadlines - DL programmes
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Application process

1. Submit your application to University of London. Please read the ‘Guidance Notes for Applications (pdf)’ before you complete your application.

2. Submit your documentary evidence. This can be done online when submitting your application or at a later stage. You will be required to submit personal identification, educational certificates, transcripts, English language proficiency evidence, references and CV (see Guidance Notes for Applications (pdf) for further details).

3. University of London will notify you of whether or not you have been accepted. This usually happens within five working days. You will be sent a student reference number by email in case you need to contact University of London about your application.

4. If you are made an offer, you will receive an email with instructions for completing your online registration (usually from May/June). You will have until the registration deadline to accept your offer and pay your initial fees.

5. Begin your studies. You will be given access to LSHTM's online learning site (Moodle) at the beginning of October. If you have registered for a module which provides hard copy study materials, these will be sent to your correspondence address. Clinical Trials modules are delivered solely online via Moodle.

Important: you are welcome to submit your application even if you are yet to sit an exam or you are awaiting results. University of London can begin to process your application without all the evidence, although a final decision will be made once all the necessary documentation has been received. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet our entry requirements, University of London might be able to advise you on this before you submit your online application.

Application deadlines
MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert and individual modules  
Epidemiology, Global Health Policy, Infectious Diseases, Public Health 31 August
Clinical Trials 31 October
Registration deadlines
MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert and individual modules  
Epidemiology, Global Health Policy, Infectious Diseases, Public Health 30 September
Clinical Trials 30 November
Who to contact

If you have any questions before submitting your application, you can contact:

Academic queries (LSHTM)

Email distance@lshtm.ac.uk for queries about programme content, modules or assessments.

Email study@lshtm.ac.uk for general enquiries.

Admissions queries (University of London)

Send a message to University of London for queries about how to apply, documentary evidence or entry requirements, or call +44 (0)20 7862 8360