This is a multidisciplinary programme that bridges the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health in the context of disease control. It includes a strong practical component and the opportunity to undertake a research project overseas with collaborating public health or research organisations and NGOs. The programme trains students in all aspects of the control of infectious diseases and prepares them for a career in a range of organisations.
This programme will equip students with specialised skills that will facilitate a career in the control of infectious diseases as staff of health ministries, health departments, national or international disease control agencies, aid organisations or universities.
The majority of the research projects are performed overseas, with collaborating public health or research organisations and NGOs. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this overseas opportunity, which is crucial to the nature of the course.
Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
Control of Infectious Diseases
Watch previous Programme Director, Michael Miles, and students talk about the programme.
"I had the choice of dozens of modules covering a massive range of health-related subjects, which meant the year group had such a broad range of experiences."
By the end of this programme students should be able to:
- investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections
- select appropriate methods of control
- design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods
- assess constraints of local public health delivery systems
- manage available resources in the context of the control of infectious diseases
- focus their efforts on particular geographical regions or specific diseases
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.
After orientation, students take two compulsory modules: Basic Statistics for PHP and Introduction to Disease Agents & Their Control, which focus on the life cycle and characteristics of infectious disease agents according to their principal transmission routes; the principal intervention strategies used to combat infectious diseases; and examples of successes, partial successes and failures in intervention programmes against infectious diseases.
In addition, students take one of the following module combinations:
- Basic Epidemiology, and Introduction to Health Economics; and Health Policy, Process and Power (3 modules)
- Extended Epidemiology and Health Economics or Health Policy, Process and Power (2 modules)
An interdisciplinary approach is emphasised which takes account of the social, political and economic context in which health systems operate.
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.
- Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries*
- Health Care Evaluation*
- Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice* (formerly Epidemiology & Control of Malaria)
- Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infections
- Clinical Infectious Diseases 1: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries
- Clinical Virology
- Economic Evaluation
- Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
- Maternal & Child Nutrition
- Research Design & Analysis
- Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal.
- Clinical Bacteriology 1*
- Conflict and Health*
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
- Population, Poverty and Environment*
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
- Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
- Clinical Infectious Diseases 2: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine
- Health Systems
- Qualitative Methodologies
- Applied Communicable Disease Control*
- Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*
- Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health*
- Economic Analysis for Health Policy*
- Medical Anthropology & Public Health*
- Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health*
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Health* (formerly Tropical Environmental Health)
- Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination*
- Basic Parasitology
- Clinical Infectious Diseases 3: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries
- Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
- Nutrition in Emergencies
- Organisational Management
- Social Epidemiology
- Clinical Bacteriology 2*
- Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases*
- Analytical Models for Decision Making
- Clinical Infectious Diseases 4: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine
- Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
- Globalisation & Health
- Sexual Health
- Vector Biology & Parasite Infections
- Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries*
- Integrated Vector Management*
- Neglected Tropical Diseases*
- Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
- Integrating Module: Health Promotion
- Health Services Management
- Nutrition Programme Planning
- Principles and Practice of Public Health
During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project studying aspects of an intervention programme, for submission by early September. If appropriate, this may take the form of an optional period in a relevant overseas location. Most students on this course undertake projects overseas. Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of up to £1,500 to cover costs involved.
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.
A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:
The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration on a Master's programme is at least one of the following:
- a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed; applicants with a strong academic background in ancillary subjects will also be considered
- a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.
Additionally for the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, some prior public health/overseas experience is advantageous and will be considered but is not necessarily a prerequisite for this course.
Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement of a second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.
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 the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.
Graduates from this programme enter a diverse range of positions and organisations across the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered after graduating:
- Example job titles:
Infection Control Nurse
Malaria Data Analyst
Public Health Officer
Public Relations Executive
- Example organisations:
Basel University Hospital
Cancer Research UK
Chesterfield Royal Hospital (NHS)
Public Health England
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Terrence Higgins Trust
The European Centre for Disease Control
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
“This MSc prepares you for a career in tackling infectious diseases from a public health perspective, and it also has a laboratory component. You get to learn skills in statistics, epidemiology and health policy, which are required in research and public health organisations. It’s an ideal blend for someone who wants to study public health, but relate it to clinical medicine.”
Hear Lanre's thoughts on the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases
Lanre tells us about studying the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases programme at LSHTM, the skills he has learned and his plans for his future career.
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.
The final closing date for taught Master’s applications is as follows:
- 2 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
- 23 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.
Do you need a visa?
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.