The programme provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated programme covers epidemiological, dietary, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include: maternal and child nutrition; nutrition in emergencies; nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring; nutrition-related chronic disease. The main programme focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries – although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to populations globally.
The programme attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in low and middle income countries. This course is not a dietetic qualification.
The course is accredited by UK Association for Nutrition, Graduates can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
Duration: one year full-time; half-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
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By the end of this programme students should be able to:
- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of nutrition for global health at biological, social and policy levels
- assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, from anthropometry and information on dietary intake to broader analytical skills
- interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels
- evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies of public health nutrition
- disseminate and present findings of research in a range of formats and contexts
- identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts
- apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals
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.
All students take three compulsory modules:
- Fundamental Public Health Nutrition
- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
- Basic Epidemiology
One additional optional module may also be taken from:
- Principles of Social Research
- Foundations for Health Promotion
- Health Policy, Process and Power
Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.
- Maternal and Child Nutrition (compulsory)
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
- Conflict and Health
- Family Planning Programmes
- History & Health
- Qualitative Methodologies
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Nutrition in Emergencies*
- Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
- Spatial Epidemiology
- Tropical Environmental Health
- Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease (compulsory)
- Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Analysing Survey & Population Data
- Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
- Nutrition Programme Planning
- Principles and Practice of Public Health
During the summer months (July - August), students complete research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work, for submission by early September.
Changes to the course
The School will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the School 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 at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following:
- an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) 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
- 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 encouraged.
Applicants who have worked in nutrition, health or other relevant global nutrition activities will be given preference. It is essential that applicants from a non-nutrition or health background prepare both for their application and the MSc through pre-programme reading. Suggested online and book resources can be found on our new students pages in the "Reading list" section.
Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above 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
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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 work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
- Example job titles:
Dietitian and Nutritionist
Humanitarian Nutrition Trainee
Nutrition Business Development Officer
Public Health Dietician
Health and Nutrition Area Co-Ordinator
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
- Example organisations:
Action Against Hunger
International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Save the Children UK
Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA)
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
Medical Research Council
United Nations (UN)
HENRY (Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young)
“Nutrition and public health are not topics that people talk about every day, even though we should. I love that when I have lunch I can find people who want to talk about the newest malaria pill or the sugar tax. You can always ask questions and people are here to support you.”
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.