This programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to address public health challenges through research and practice. It covers the whole breadth of public health, encompassing low-, middle- and high-income countries. It reflects local, national and international public health agendas, and provides the opportunity to explore public health issues in depth with academics, researchers and practitioners.
After a series of compulsory core modules, students will be able to focus on a specialised stream of study, including the option to follow a general public health programme. On successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Master's degree in Public Health. This will reflect their choice of stream:
- Environment & Health
- Health Economics
- Health Promotion
- Health Services Management
- Health Services Research
- Public Health
The decision about which stream to follow will depend on each student's needs and can be discussed with tutors and the programme directors, with the final choice being made during Term 1. In addition to compulsory stream-specific modules, students will be able to choose modules from a wide selection covering all aspects of public health.
In addition to the MSc Public Health, other programmes at LSHTM may be relevant to students with an interest in public health and applicants should review the pages of other courses as follows: (i) MSc Public Health for Development - for those with an interest in low-income countries; (ii) MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing - for applicants with a particular interest in Health Policy; (iii) MSc Nutrition for Global Health - for those with an interest in nutrition.
Duration: one year full-time; half-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
Students: approximately 150-200 students study the MSc Public Health each year.
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.
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"The diversity and international experience of lecturers and students is visible through the impressive level of international and national research and publications."
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 complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:
- Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy
- Basic Epidemiology
- Introduction for Health Economics
- Principles of Social Research
Term 1 Additional Modules
All students take two additional modules, selected from the following:
- Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
- Health Policy, Process & Power
- Health Promotion Theory
- Health Services
- Issues in Public Health
Important note: one of these modules may be compulsory for a particular stream. Those who have not completed the named module in Term 1 will not be able to take that stream in Terms 2 and 3.
Term 1 Supplementary Modules
Students unfamiliar with computers will need to take the introductory course in basic computer skills. Students are also encouraged to attend the Global Health Lecture Series and seminars organised by Research Modules.
Terms 2 and 3
By the middle of Term 1 students must have selected one of the six streams. During Terms 2 and 3 all students will take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot. For most streams two of these modules are compulsory. Which modules these are, and what other modules are available, differs according to the stream.
In addition, all students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September. The nature of this project may differ between streams, and the content must be relevant to the stream.
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.
Graduates from this programme enter a diverse range of positions in public health, research, NGOs, health programmes, health services, government, policy and planning.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
- Example job titles:
Clinical Fellow in Medicine
Clinical Trials Assistant
Director and Health Impact Assessment Consultant
Doctor and Senior Health Officer
Ebola Emergency Response Manager
Health Improvement Leader
Health Policy Officer
Health Promotions Specialist
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate
Senior Executive for Service Planning and Care Integration
Short term Consultant, World Health Organisation
Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow
- Example organisations:
Association for Young People's Health
Cancer Research UK
Department of Health
Health Protection Agency
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johnson & Johnson
Marie Stopes International
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
Public Health England
World Health Organisation
United Nations (UN)
“With world renowned lecturers and faculty, each lecture was compounded by real world health problems faced by the staff during their research. The engaging practicals, stimulating lectures and challenging assignments mean I know that I am leaving LSHTM with invaluable skills to help me in my future public health career.”
Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.
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.