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MSc Public Health – Environment and Health

Overview
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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.

Programme specifications 2021/22

Updated programme specifications for 2021/22 will be available for all intensive master's programmes mid-December. Once published, please ensure you check your programme specification carefully, especially:

  • Mode of Delivery, as this will provide further information on teaching plans for the academic year 2021/22 
  • Programme Structure, as both Module Choice and Module Availability may change for the academic year 2021/22
Overview - Public Health (Environment & Health stream)
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The stream

This stream provides multidisciplinary training in the advanced methods necessary to undertake epidemiological research on the relationships between health and the environment. Students will develop an understanding of the social, economic and political contexts which underlie the establishment of priorities and the selection and evaluation of policy responses.

Graduates enter careers in epidemiology, health risk assessment, consultancy or policy development as applied to environment and global health. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

Duration: one year full-time; part-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.

Public Health

Description

Watch Programme Directors and students talk about the programme.

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Ng Wai Ning, Hong Kong
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Ng Wai Ning, Hong Kong
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"I most enjoyed the regular events and seminars delivered by experts from universities and organisations from around the globe, to share their experience and perspectives on current health issues."

Objectives
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By the end of this stream students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real health problems. In addition, they should be able to:

  • describe the principal concerns in environment and health (pollution of air, water, and land; the urban environment; sustainable development; risk perceptions)
  • interpret and evaluate risk assessments and risk management strategies as applied to environment and health concerns
  • show a theoretical and practical understanding of the design and analysis of studies in environmental epidemiology
  • analyse the political and social contexts in which an environment and health policy is made, the factors that lead to policy change, and in particular, the role that research plays in policy change
  • show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence in relation to environment and health issues
Structure
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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.

Term 1

Students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:

  • Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy
  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Issues in Public Health
  • Principles of Social Research

In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Environment, Health & Sustainable Development. The remaining module can be selected from:

  • Foundations for Health Promotion
  • Health Policy, Process & Power
  • Health Services
  • Introduction to Health Economics

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Course Directors.

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • Designing Disease Control Programmes*
  • Economic Evaluation*
  • Health Care Evaluation*
  • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods*
  • Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice* (formerly Epidemiology & Control of Malaria)
  • Research Design & Analysis*
  • Sociological Approaches to Health*
  • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal*
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (not available in 2020-21)

Slot 2

  • Conflict and Health*
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
  • Health Systems*
  • Population, Poverty and Environment*
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
  • Family Planning Programmes
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • History & Health* (not available in 2020-21)

Slot 3

  • Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health*
  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy*
  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases*
  • Evaluation of Public Health Interventions*
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health*
  • Social Epidemiology*
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Health* 
  • Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Organisational Management
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Applied Communicable Disease Control (not available in 2020-21)

Slot 4

  • Environmental Epidemiology (compulsory)

Slot 5

  • Environmental Health Policy (compulsory)

By arrangement, students may be able to substitute specified Distance Learning modules for up to two modules in certain timetable slots. Any such substitutions will need to be discussed with the Programme Directors.

Project Report

Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), 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. 

Titles of some recent summer projects completed by students on this MSc

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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.

Entry requirements
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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:

  • a second-class honours degree 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 welcomed.

An additional requirement for the MSc Public Health (all streams) is some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education. Preference will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience.

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.

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Intercalating Students

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.

Fees & funding
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Fees 2021/22    
Home Full-time £10,990
  Part-time £5,495
EU/Overseas Full-time £25,410
  Part-time £12,705
How to apply
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Applications should be made to the MSc Public Health in the first instance.

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.

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Application deadlines

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 CAS
  • Sunday 8 August 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-CAS students

Application fee

A standard application fee of £50 applies to all face-to-face Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission. 

Tuition fee deposit

Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admissions 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.

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Do you need a visa?

Please visit our Visa & Immigration pages for advice and guidance.