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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.
This stream draws on a wide range of disciplines that enable students to develop knowledge, understanding and capability in various scientific methods and fields of study relevant to health services management. It is aimed at those who plan a career in management from high-, middle- and low-income countries.
Graduates from this stream go on to a range of management positions in ministries of health around the world, the UK National Health Service, non-governmental organisations and management consultancies. Some graduates also continue with careers in research. 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.
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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 global health problems. In addition, students will be able to:
- analyse the principles, structure and functions of health systems, including their financial, organisational and policy-making processes and systems
- critically assess and apply a range of key management concepts and functions in a range of health care settings
- appreciate the role and contribution of economic theory, organisational theory and approaches to management in the field of health care
- show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence
- apply knowledge of effective team-working and communication skills to solve problems and achieve specific goals
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 Health Services. The remaining module can be selected from:
- Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
- Foundations for Health Promotion
- Health Policy, Process & Power
- 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.
- Health Care Evaluation*
- Designing Disease Control Programmes
- Economic Evaluation
- Health Promotion Approaches & Methods
- Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice
- Research Design & Analysis
- Sociological Approaches to Health
- Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (not available in 2020-21)
- Health Systems*
- Qualitative Methodologies*
- Conflict and Health
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
- Family Planning Programmes
- Population, Poverty & Environment
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- History & Health (not available in 2020-21)
- Organisational Management (compulsory)
- Health Decision Science* (previously: "Analytical Models for Decision Making")
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions*
- Globalisation & Health*
- Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes
- Environmental Epidemiology
- Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
- Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
- Global Disability & Health
- Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases
- Reviewing the Literature
- Sexual Health
Integrating Module: Health Services Management (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.
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 CAS
- Sunday 8 August 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-CAS students
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.