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Academic year 2021/22
All our intensive MSc programmes will offer a mix of online and on campus teaching during the 2021/22 academic year.
This means that each programme will involve an element of module level teaching on campus and students will be required to attend part of the programme in person. Within a programme, some modules may be online only, others may combine online and campus teaching.
The fact that there are likely to be ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions in place means that the proportion of online teaching delivery - provided through a combination of synchronous (live and interactive) and asynchronous (recordings, independent study, individual exercises, etc.) activities - is going to be larger than what can realistically be delivered in person on campus. Please check our Applicants and Offer Holders FAQs.
This stream provides the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the health of populations across high-, middle- and low-income settings. The emphasis is on the use, development and critical evaluation of conceptual models; evidence and methods of analysis; and on practical, effective interventions.
Graduates from this stream work in health care, health policy and public health organisations at local, national and international level in service and academic public health roles. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.
If your main interest is public health in low-income countries please refer to the MSc Public Health for Development.
Duration: one year full-time; part-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
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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:
- critically assess key public health functions
- demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of topics related to public health
- formulate, implement and evaluate appropriate policy responses to public health problems
- show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence
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.
- View programme specifications (2021/22)
- View module specifications (2020/21)
- Module availability chart (2020/21) (xls)
- Structure of the year
Term 1 (September - December) consists of ten teaching weeks for AB1 slot modules, 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 for C and D slot modules, plus a Reading Week in the middle of the term. C modules are taught in five half-week blocks before Reading Week. D modules are taught in five half-week blocks after Reading Week. Followed by the Spring break.
Term 3 (April - September) consists of five weeks of teaching for E slot modules, taught in half-week blocks, revision time, examinations and 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
Students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory AB1 modules:
- Basic Epidemiology
- Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy
- Issues in Public Health
- Principles of Social Research
The remaining two modules can be selected from:
- Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
- 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 (C1, C2, D1, D2, E). The list below shows recommended or compulsory modules. There are other optional modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Programme Directors - see module availability chart (2020/21) (xls).
- Economic Evaluation
- Health Care Evaluation
- Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
- Research Design & Analysis
- Sociological Approaches to Health
- Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal
- Conflict & Health
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
- Health Systems
- History & Health
- Qualitative Methodologies
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Economic Analysis for Health Policy
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
- Medical Anthropology and Public Health
- Organisational Management
- Social Epidemiology
- Analytical Models for Decision-Making
- Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmmes
- Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
- Environmental Epidemiology
- Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
- Globalisation & Health
- Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases
- Reviewing the Literature
- Sexual Health
- Principles and Practice of Public Health (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.
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.
The normal minimum entry requirements for the MSc Public Health are:
- An upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
- Work experience: preference will be given to applicants with relevant work experience, this includes both paid and voluntary work, internships etc.
- Additional requirement: applicants for the MSc Public Health (all streams) will need to provide some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education. This could include:
- "A" level or a higher school certificate,
- a module within an undergraduate degree (such as quantitative methods, epidemiology or statistics)
- statistics studied as part of a general research methods course.
Any student who does not meet the minimum academic entry requirement above but who has significant relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B
Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information
You will need a Bachelor's degree or equivalent to undertake this MSc. This usually means you have a BSc 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 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 Student visa
- Sunday 8 August 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-Student visa students
A standard application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission.
Tuition fee deposit
Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admission 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.