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MSc Public Health

Health Services Management stream

Overview

This stream draws on a wide range of disciplines that enable students to develop knowledge, understanding and capability in various scientific methods and fields of study relevant to health services management. It is aimed at those who plan a career in management from high-, middle- and low-income countries.

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Graduates from this stream go on to a range of management positions in ministries of health around the world, the UK National Health Service, non-governmental organisations and management consultancies. Some graduates also continue with careers in research. 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.

 

Public Health

Description

Watch Programme Directors and students talk about the programme.

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Sohyun Kim, South Korea
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Sohyun Kim, South Korea

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"As a student who did not study public health before entering the School, every lecture was very interesting. I believe studying at the School will contribute to my future, growing myself as well as my capacity."

Objectives
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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 global health problems. In addition, students will be able to:

  • analyse the principles, structure and functions of health systems, including their financial, organisational and policy-making processes and systems
  • critically assess and apply a range of key management concepts and functions in a range of health care settings
  • appreciate the role and contribution of economic theory, organisational theory and approaches to management in the field of health care
  • show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence
  • apply knowledge of effective team-working and communication skills to solve problems and achieve specific goals
Structure
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Term 1

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 Health Services. The remaining module can be selected from:

  • Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
  • Health Policy, Process & Power
  • Health Promotion Theory
  • 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.

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • Health Care Evaluation*
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Epidemiology & Control of Malaria
  • Health Promotion Approaches & Methods
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Sociological Approaches to Health
  • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal

Slot 2

  • Health Systems*
  • Qualitative Methodologies*
  • Conflict and Health
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
  • Family Planning Programmes
  • History & Health
  • Population, Poverty & Environment
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Slot 3

  • Organisational Management (compulsory)

Slot 4

  • Analytical Models for Decision Making*
  • Evaluation of Public Health Interventions*
  • Globalisation & Health*
  • Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
  • Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
  • Global Disability & Health
  • Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases
  • Reviewing the Literature
  • Sexual Health

Slot 5

  • Integrating Module: Health Services Management (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.

Project Report

Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.

Titles of some recent summer projects completed by students on this MSc

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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.

Entry requirements
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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.

Admissions FAQs

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

Intercalating students

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.

Fees and funding
Fees 2019/20 - Masters (London)
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Fees 2019/20    
Home (UK/EU) Full-time £9,980
  Part-time £4,990
Overseas Full-time £23,050
  Part-time £11,525
Funding general
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Please note that EU nationals will continue to benefit from home fee status and can access financial support for the 2020-21 academic year. Find out more.

Other sources of funding:

How to apply
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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.

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Application deadlines

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.
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Do you need a visa?

EEA Nationals

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.

Still unsure on whether you need a visa?