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MSc Public Health – Health Economics stream

Overview
Academic year 2020-21
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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
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.

Overview - Public Health (Health Economics stream)
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The stream

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.

The stream is aimed at anyone - with or without any previous training in economics - who is interested in working as a health economist in an academic or professional capacity across high-, middle- and low-income countries. 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.

Public Health

Description

Watch Programme Directors and students talk about the programme.

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Cameron Wright, Australia
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Cameron Wright, Australia
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"This stream highlighted the difficulty in achieving a balance between conducting economic evaluations that are methodologically sound and producing an output that is understandable to health decision makers."

Objectives
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, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods of economic evaluation
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of health economic methods applied to health policy or decision analysis
  • identify, assess and critically synthesise relevant evidence from health economic research literature
  • select and apply appropriate, ethical and feasible study designs to answer questions in health care and health economic research
  • show competence, both written and verbal, in communicating research evidence
Structure
Structure - Public Health (Health Economics stream)
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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 Introduction to Health Economics. The remaining module can be selected from:

  • Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
  • Foundations for Health Promotion
  • Health Policy, Process & Power
  • Health Services

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

  • Economic Evaluation (compulsory)

Slot 2

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

Slot 3

  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy (compulsory)

Slot 4

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

Slot 5

  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
  • Proposal Development*
  • Analysing Survey & Population Data
  • Applying Public Health Principles
  • Environmental Health Policy
  • Health Services Management
  • Integrating Module: Health Promotion
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health

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

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)
Funding general
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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 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 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).

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?