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MSc Public Health

Health Promotion stream

Overview

This stream provides a sound understanding of the theoretical and empirical basis of health promotion, equipping students with the conceptual and practical skills to design and evaluate health promotion interventions and programmes. Health promotion draws on ideas from sociology, psychology, anthropology, education, epidemiology and other disciplines to understand how the health of populations can be maintained and strengthened.

Overview - Public Health (Health Promotion stream)
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Graduates work in practice, management, research and teaching in health promotion, public health, health policy and related fields at all levels. 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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Alysha Ahmed, Canada
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Alysha Ahmed, Canada
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"I hope to work in programme implementation and management in the future as well as study medicine, both of which I have been well prepared for by choosing this stream."

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 health problems. In addition, they should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principal theories, methods and interventions used in health promotion
  • understand the development of the discipline of health promotion in the UK and internationally
  • assess the appropriate use of population-wide versus targeted health promotion interventions
  • formulate health promotion policy and practice that is relevant to varying needs in diverse contexts
  • be able to appraise and communicate research evidence
  • apply the knowledge and analytical skills gained to inform health promotion policy-making, programme planning, implementation and evaluation
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
  • Introduction for Health Economics
  • Principles of Social Research

In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Foundations for Health Promotion. The remaining module can be selected from:

  • Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
  • Health Policy, Process & Power
  • Health Services
  • Issues in Public Health

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 Promotion Approaches and Methods (compulsory)

Slot 2

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

Slot 3

  • Applied Communicable Disease Control*
  • Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health*
  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases*
  • Evaluation of Public Health Interventions*
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health*
  • Social Epidemiology*
  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy
  • Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Organisational Management
  • Tropical Environmental Health

Slot 4

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

Slot 5

  • Integrating Module: Health Promotion (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
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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?