This stream provides multidisciplinary training in the advanced methods necessary to undertake epidemiological research on the relationships between health and the environment. Students will develop an understanding of the social, economic and political contexts which underlie the establishment of priorities and the selection and evaluation of policy responses.
Graduates enter careers in epidemiology, health risk assessment, consultancy or policy development as applied to environment and global health. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.
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 stream students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real health problems. In addition, they should be able to:
- describe the principal concerns in environment and health (pollution of air, water, and land; the urban environment; sustainable development; risk perceptions)
- interpret and evaluate risk assessments and risk management strategies as applied to environment and health concerns
- show a theoretical and practical understanding of the design and analysis of studies in environmental epidemiology
- analyse the political and social contexts in which an environment and health policy is made, the factors that lead to policy change, and in particular, the role that research plays in policy change
- show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence in relation to environment and health issues
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.
Students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:
- Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy
- Basic Epidemiology
- Issues in Public Health
- Principles of Social Research
In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Environment, Health & Sustainable Development. The remaining module can be selected from:
- Foundations for Health Promotion
- Health Policy, Process & Power
- Health Services
- Introduction to Health Economics
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.
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs*
- Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries*
- Economic Evaluation*
- Health Care Evaluation*
- Health Promotion Approaches and Methods*
- Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice* (formerly Epidemiology & Control of Malaria)
- Research Design & Analysis*
- Sociological Approaches to Health*
- Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal*
- Conflict and Health*
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
- Health Systems*
- History & Health*
- Population, Poverty and Environment*
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
- Family Planning Programmes
- Qualitative Methodologies
- Applied Communicable Disease Control*
- Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health*
- Economic Analysis for Health Policy*
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases*
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions*
- Medical Anthropology and Public Health*
- Social Epidemiology*
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Health* (formerly Tropical Environmental Health)
- Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
- Organisational Management
- Spatial Epidemiology
- Environmental Epidemiology (compulsory)
- Environmental Health Policy (compulsory)
By arrangement, students may be able to substitute specified Distance Learning modules for up to two modules in certain timetable slots. Any such substitutions will need to be discussed with the Programme Directors.
Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.
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 at the School 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
- 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.
An additional requirement for the MSc Public Health (all streams) is some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education. Preference will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience.
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.
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.
Applications should be made to the MSc Public Health in the first instance.
Applications should be made online. Paper application forms are available upon request and will normally incur an administration fee of £50. You must send a copy of the personal details and photograph page of your passport with all paper applications. Your application will not be considered until you have provided the above documents.
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.
We strongly advise that you apply early as popular programmes will close earlier than the stated deadline if they become full.
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.