UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership - Health and Wellbeing pathway


Pathway Leader: Andrew Hutchings. Email:

Pathway Leader: Jonathan Smith. Email:

Health and Wellbeing pathway

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s (LSHTM) research and training agenda is responsive to existing and emerging health priorities and yields major policy relevant research findings in the areas of social determinants of health and disease, the evaluation of public health interventions, the financing and performance of health systems, and the health and environmental impacts of globalisation.

Details on the Health and Wellbeing pathway can be found on the ESRC UBEL DTP web pages.


Two routes at LSHTM are available:

  • Health Economics: This pathway provides multidisciplinary training in public health and health economics.  Studentships in this area will contribute to knowledge and understanding in the fields of economic evaluation or the application of health economic methods to health policy or decision analysis, with reference to high-, low- and middle-income countries.  Students on a 1+3 route will undertake the MSc Public Health - Health Economics stream.
  • Social Science Approaches in Public Health and Health Services Research: This pathway reflects a formal strategy to consolidate and extend social science as applied to public health relating to any relevant topic. Consequently, rather than be defined by subject, studentships in this area will not only contribute in terms of complementary methodologies that address health topics (such as the utilisation of qualitative techniques), but also to the development and/or application of relevant social theory – for example, Practice Theory, STS & ANT, Critical Realism, Complexity and Systems Theory.  Students choosing the 1+3 route will undertake MSc Public Health - Health Services Research stream

A third route in Psychological Approaches to Health and Wellbeing is available at Birkbeck, University of London.


This is an open competition for ESRC studentships on any topic that falls within the remit of the pathway.  In order to progress through the preliminary and final selection process you will need to have contacted a relevant staff member at the School who would be willing to be your supervisor and support your application.

To make direct contact with prospective supervisors you can search for staff members and their interests via the School’s website.  The majority of social scientists (anthropologists, sociologists, economists, etc) are based in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy.

Applicants for LSHTM-based routes on this pathway are encouraged to discuss possibilities and choice of route with the pathway leader – Andrew Hutchings.