Health Policy & Systems

Coronavirus notice and FAQ - short course
Coronavirus information

LSHTM is following the latest advice for the UK from Public Health England (PHE) on the coronavirus outbreak. Health and Safety of our students and staff is our top priority and, with that in mind, a decision not to deliver any face-to-face teaching until at least September 2020 has been taken.

Wherever possible, an alternative online provision is being developed and we will publish further information on our website as soon as it is available. Unfortunately, not all of our Short Courses can be delivered at a distance and will sadly be either cancelled or postponed. If this affects you directly, we will be in touch with options opened to you. 

Courses scheduled to run from September onwards are currently planned to be delivered as normal. However, the situation is developing rapidly, and you are therefore encouraged to regularly check the latest updates on the situation through reliable sources such as Public Health England. We would also strongly advise offer holders to book refundable tickets and accommodation as there is a chance that this may change. 


Course dates: 20 - 24 July 2020

This short course builds on the world-class teaching, research and policy work on health systems at LSHTM. It aims to provide an interactive introduction to the field of health policy and systems research. The course will equip participants with knowledge and skills to examine the functioning of a health system, its core building blocks, and to assess its ability to achieve important goals including sustainability, access, quality and equity.

Participants will gain experience in applying conceptualisations and analytical approaches stemming from public health, policy analysis, economics and anthropology to undertake health systems analysis and design sustainable policy and programmes. The themes will be applicable to low-, middle- and high-income countries.

The course will be taught and facilitated by a range of highly experienced LSHTM faculty members: Dina Balabanova, Sandra Mounier-Jack, Neil Spicer, Martin McKee and it may also involve speakers from the UK government, NGO and UN agencies.

Course objectives

The course will cover the core building blocks of health care systems and their modes of operation; the implications of different approaches to system design for access, quality, and broader outcomes; and highlighting issues of equity, human rights, and gender for health system design and analysis.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to: 

  • define the concept of a ‘health system’, and its core elements, processes and functions;
  • conduct multifaceted health systems analysis drawing on a range of key approaches and models, and using diverse methods, including taking a health system approach to current challenges in different contexts;
  • examine how programmes and policies can improve health, access to services and equity, and be aware of potential unintended consequences;
  • design monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess the performance of health programmes (within a health systems context) 
  • conduct policy evaluation to capture the roles and influences of different national and global actors. 

We will draw on case studies of current interest such as migration, trade, Sustainable Development Goals, performance-based financing, governance and anti-corruption in health systems. Participants can also identify case studies relevant to their work (e.g. disease, topic or country specific). We will apply health systems concepts and approaches to assessing these case studies.

The course will draw on cutting edge research and policy engagement by LSHTM faculty members and partners. 

Teaching methods

A mix of lectures, small group work, interactive exercises, and self-guided learning using distance learning activities.

Who is this course for?

It is expected that the module will be of interest to participants working in national health systems, for example in strategic planning, policy design and implementation, at national, regional, and district level, in international organisations, NGOs, and academic institutions, among others.

Course fee

The fee for 2020 is £1,500.00. This fee will cover participation in the course, course materials and refreshments. It will not include travel costs, accommodation and meals.

How to apply
How to apply - health policy and systems

Applying for this course


Please read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.

Short courses - visas, accommodation, disclaimer


The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team can provide supporting documentation if requested.

Accommodation and meals

A list of hotels located in the vicinity of LSHTM, along with further resources for short term accommodation, can be found on our accommodation pages. Tea and coffee will be provided during breaks. Lunch vouchers for the LSHTM canteen will also be available.

Evening meals are not catered for at LSHTM, however there is a large choice of restaurants, cafés and shops nearby.

Important information

Please note:

  • If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport) and without having obtained the correct visa if required.
  • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
  • LSHTM may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
  • LSHTM cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.