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MSc Public Health – General stream

Overview
 

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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.

Overview - Public Health (Public Health stream)
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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; half-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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Sofia de Figueiredo Ribeiro, Portugal
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Sofia de Figueiredo Ribeiro, Portugal

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"When going through the program, I was impressed by how flexible it is. The possibility of tailoring my MSc program to my needs and preferences was definitely a key factor that influenced my choice."

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:

  • 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
Structure
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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

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 (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.).

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs*
  • Economic Evaluation*
  • Health Care Evaluation*
  • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods*
  • Research Design & Analysis*
  • Sociological Approaches to Health*
  • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal*
  • Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
  • Epidemiology and Control of Malaria

Slot 2

  • Conflict and Health*
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
  • Health Systems*
  • History & Health*
  • Qualitative Methodologies*
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
  • Family Planning Programmes
  • Population, Poverty and Environment

Slot 3

  • Applied Communicable Disease Control*
  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy*
  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases*
  • Evaluation of Public Health Interventions*
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health*
  • Organisational Management*
  • Social Epidemiology*
  • Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health
  • Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health
  • Tropical Environmental Health

Slot 4

  • Analytical Models for Decision Making*
  • Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes*
  • Environmental Epidemiology*
  • Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases*
  • Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights*
  • Globalisation & Health*
  • Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases*
  • Reviewing the Literature*
  • Sexual Health*
  • Global Disability and Health

Slot 5

  • 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.

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

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.

Entry requirements
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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.

Admissions FAQs

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

Intercalating students

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.

Fees & funding
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Fees 2020/21  
Home £10,470 (Full-time)
  £5,235 (Part-time)
Overseas £24,200 (Full-time)
  £12,100 (Part-time)
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Please note that EU nationals will continue to benefit from home fee status and can access financial support for the 2020-21 academic year. Find out more.

Other sources of funding:

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. Paper application forms are available upon request and will normally incur an administration fee of £50. You must send a copy of the personal details and photograph page of your passport with all paper applications. Your application will not be considered until you have provided the above documents.

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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 date for taught Master’s applications is as follows:

  • 17 July 2020 by 23:59 (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
  • 31 August 2020 by 23:59 (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.

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?

EEA Nationals

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.

Still unsure on whether you need a visa?