Academic year 2020/21
Students may complete the whole 2020/21 MSc programme online or may choose to come to London in anticipation of some face-to-face teaching.
Term 1 core module teaching will be delivered online only, with a combination of synchronous (live and interactive) and asynchronous (recordings, independent study, individual exercises, etc) activities.
Term 2 & 3
All terms 2 and 3 modules will be offered online. Certain modules will also have some optional on-campus components. The face-to-face components may be limited to ensure that UK social distancing rules are adhered to.
If at any point during the academic year the UK is forced to go into another period of lockdown, this programme will be delivered using online methods only. Throughout the year there will be programme- and LSHTM-level activities, such as group seminars and a themed lecture series and discussion forums. These will allow students to study the programme safely at a distance but remain together as a community.
For more information about the academic year 2020-21, please check our COVID-19 advice for applicants and offer holders FAQs.
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; half-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
Watch Programme Directors and students talk about the programme.
"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."
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
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.
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Environmental Epidemiology (compulsory)
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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 date for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2020/21 academic year is:
- Monday 31 August, 23:59 (BST).
Applicants will require to meet the conditions of their offer and provide all necessary documents by Monday 7 September, 23:59 (BST).
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.
Do you need a visa?
If you have EU nationality or you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to come to the UK. You can enter, study and work in the UK without restriction. If you have dual nationality, and you choose to come to the UK using your EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need immigration permission.
For useful guidance on EEA nationals in the UK, go to the UKCISA website.
Students from outside the EEA
All non-EEA nationals who want to study in the UK must hold immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.
If you are coming to the School to study on a full time degree programme and you have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. You can only apply for Tier 4 when your offer at the School is unconditional.
If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will probably have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the School before you can start studying with us.