Global Health Policy (Msc, Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate)
Study for a prestigious MSc in Global Health Policy by distance learning
This course provides you with an in-depth understanding of health determinants and outcomes that transcend national boundaries, and the policy responses required to protect and promote population health in a globalising world. It is the world’s first Masters level course on global health policy by distance learning.
The course is aimed at students and professionals from both health and non-health backgrounds who seek to understand more about the policy environment associated with issues of global health. It will be of value especially to those who may be seeking to assume positions related to issues of global health policy in national, regional or global health organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental organisations and private consultancies.
|You study||Study period||Cost (2013-2014)|
|MSc||9 modules plus a project OR 12 modules||2-5 years||£11,650|
|Postgraduate Diploma||8 modules||2-5 years||£9,200|
|Postgraduate Certificate||4 modules||1-5 years||£6,775|
|Individual modules||Studying individual modules is an ideal option if you wish to update your professional knowledge or sample the programme. The fee is £1,695 per module.|
By the end of this course, you will be expected to:
- have established a solid foundation in various theories and practices concerned with global health policy
- understand the emerging institutional structures and governance mechanisms to address global health issues
- gain a good appreciation of relevant health policy research methods, such as comparative analysis and cross country learning
- be able to apply these analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges posed by global health issues.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is Britain's national school of public health and a leading postgraduate institution in Europe for public health, global health and tropical medicine. LSHTM won the Gates Award for Global Health in 2009, and received $1 million in prize money. The winners are chosen by a jury of international health leaders from more than 100 nominations from around the world, and the award is administered by the Global Health Council. LSHTM is both the first academic institution to win the award and the first British winner.
The course is delivered predominantly through provision of interactive CD-ROM materials with supplementary online texts and exercises. Tutorial support is available via the online Virtual Learning Environment through which your fellow students may also be contacted. You also have access to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s online library resources.
Other health-related distance learning programmes
We also offer the following LSHTM-led distance learning programmes in:
Summary of key dates
|Application deadline||31 July|
|Registration deadline||31 August|
|Examinations take place following year after registration||June|
Structure and syllabus
MSc: either 9 modules (4 compulsory core and 5 electives) and the project report OR 12 modules (4 compulsory core and 8 electives)
PG Dip: 8 modules (4 compulsory core and 4 electives)
PG Cert: 4 compulsory core modules
Four compulsory core modules
Elective modules from group EPM1
Elective modules from group IDM2
Elective modules from group IDM3
Elective modules from group PHM2
Elective modules from group EPM3
Elective modules from group GHM2
•All GHP modules successfully completed will be assigned 15 credits each; the project report will be assigned 45 credits.
•For Postgraduate Diploma/MSc students, credit for one or two modules studied at LSHTM (blended learning study) may be allowed in place of one or two of the above elective modules, subject to module restrictions. An additional fee will be payable.
•At the discretion of the examiners, students who have been examined in and have passed three GH1 modules may be permitted
to proceed to elective module studies.
•To view the module specifi cations for this course, please visit our website: www.londoninternational.ac.uk/health. Note that restrictions and prerequisites may apply to some of the modules.
How you study
You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff. Once registered, you will be sent the learning materials for the module(s) you have chosen to study. The module materials will take you through a programme of directed self-study, and indicate how and where you can obtain supplementary study materials and access tutorial support to enhance your studies.
Tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year, through the online Virtual Learning Environment.
We know that if you have a full-time job, family or other commitments, and wish to study at a distance, you will have many calls on your time. We therefore allow you between 1-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Certificate, and between 2-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc.
The study year runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, during which time tutorial support is available. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work throughout the summer.
The support you receive
- a web-based virtual learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to pose questions and engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)
- teaching staff provide written, personalised feedback and advice on assignments
- you can communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or by setting up your own learning support groups.
You receive your study materials after you register. Study materials may include Subject guides, Readers, Textbooks, CD-ROMs/additional computer software, Past examination papers and Examiners’ reports, and Handbooks. You also have access to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s online library resources. We also provide all students with a student registration card.
The fees below refer to the 2013-2014 academic year only and are effective from 1 March 2013 until 30 November 2013. Fees are subject to annual review.
|Registration fee||£ 1,075|
|Fee per core module||£ 1,425|
|Fee per elective module||£ 615|
|Fee for final project (MSc only)||£ 1,845|
|Total MSc||£ 11,650|
|Total Postgraduate Diploma||£ 9,200|
|Total Postgraduate Certificate||£ 6,775|
|Total per Individual module (taken on a stand-alone basis)||£ 1,695|
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When to pay
Fees may be paid in one of two ways:
How to pay
All University fees must be paid in pounds sterling (GBP). The University accepts:
· Western Union - Quick Pay
· Credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron, JCB)
· Sterling banker's draft/cheque
· International money/postal order
Further details are given in payment methods.
In addition to the fees payable to the University, you should also budget for the fee charged by your local examination centre to cover its costs; this fee will vary.
The University reserves the right to amend previously announced fees, if necessary. For a full list fees that may be applicable, please see the fee schedule.
Assessment varies from module to module but will include a combination of unseen written papers and written assignments. Details are given in the module specifications.
Examinations take place once a year in June (please note: it is not possible to hold examinations at other times of year). These are normally held in a student’s country of residence. We have examination centres in over 190 countries worldwide (for details please visit our Assessment and examinations Section.
They are arranged mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. Students taking examinations will need to pay a fee to their local examination centre. Please note that if you fail an examination at the first entry you will be allowed one further attempt.
- An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University, in one of the following subjects (and a minimum of one year’s relevant work experience): Water and Sanitation, Development Studies, Human Rights, Environmental Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Demography, Politics, Political Science, International Relations, International Politics or Policy Studies.
An undergraduate degree not listed above may still be considered provided this has been awarded in a subject deemed appropriate to the course and is at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University (and a minimum of one year’s relevant work experience).
Applicants who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the University on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.
You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed, within the past three years:
- (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 7.0 in the Written sub-test.
- (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 102 or above with at least 24 in the Written sub-test.
All students must have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the virtual learning environment or accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need suitable hardware capacity on your computer for document storage as well as basic software such as a PDF reader.
Some programmes have courses or modules that use additional software. Where this is the case, information is given with the relevant course descriptions.
LSHTM - Health
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is the University of London's major resource for postgraduate teaching and research in public health and tropical medicine, as well as the leading postgraduate medical institution in these subjects in Europe. It has an international standing with a staff that has unique multidisciplinary and international experience.
This course has been designed by staff within the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. This Faculty, which has a staff of about 150, carries out research in environmental factors and health, health policy, health promotion, and health services. The disciplines represented include medicine, epidemiology, nursing, pharmacy, statistics, operational research, history, economics, sociology, psychology and anthropology. In addition to the main activities in research and teaching, staff in the Faculty provide advice, consultancy and information on a wide range of public health and health care policy issues.
Dr Preslava Stoeva
Preslava is a Lecturer and Course Director of the distance learning MSc in Global Health Policy. She holds a first class MA and BA Magna Cum Laude degrees in International Relations from Huron University, London. She received her PhD in International Relations from the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter in 2007. Her doctoral research studied the development of international legal norms. In theoretical terms the research was grounded in social constructivism, theories of global governance and the sociology of scientific knowledge, while empirically, her work focused on the construction of international norms and treaties to outlaw the use of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, the TRIPs agreement in relation to the pharmaceutical sector, and discussions to create norms that limit global climate change. She is currently researching the intersection of issues in global health politics, security politics, and the related patterns of global governance.
Preslava has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses at British and American Higher Education institutions, covering diverse topics including international relations theories, security studies, public international law, global governance, human rights, foreign policy analysis and the foreign policy of the European Union, the politics of European integration, and environmental politics.
Professor Richard Smith
Academic staff, Department for Global Health and Development
Professor Smith has been a Health Economist for nearly 20 years, following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in economics at the University of York. Upon leaving York in 1991, he worked in Sydney, Cambridge, Bristol, Melbourne and Norwich, before joining the Health Policy Unit at the LSHTM in May 2007.
He is also an Honorary Professor of Health Economics at the Universities of Hong Kong and East Anglia. He has worked in a number of areas of health economics, such as the monetary and non-monetary valuation of health, health care reform and genomics. More recently his work has focused especially upon developing the application of macro-economics to health, the economics of globalization and health, and aspects of trade in health goods, services, people and ideas.