Global Health Policy (MSc, PGDip and PGCert)


Study for a prestigious MSc in Global Health Policy by distance learning

This programme 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 Master's level programme on global health policy by distance and online learning.

The programme 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.

Programme summary

  You study Study period Cost (2017-2018)
MSc 9 modules plus a project OR 12 modules 2-5 years £13,000
Postgraduate Diploma 8 modules 2-5 years £10,300
Postgraduate Certificate 4 modules 1-5 years £7,600
 Individual modules Studying individual modules on a stand-alone basis is an ideal option if you wish to update your professional knowledge or sample the programme. The fee is £1,900 per module.

Programme aims

By the end of this programme, 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 a leading postgraduate institution in Europe for public health, global health and tropical medicine. The school won the Gates Award for Global Health in 2009 (worth $1 million), becoming the first academic institution and the first British organisation to win the award.

It was crowned 'University of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016 for its 'extraordinary' response to the Ebola crisis.

Excellent support

The core modules of this programme are delivered predominantly online via LSHTM’s Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, which contains lecture notes and slides, activities, discussion forums and links to all essentials and some recommended reading via LSHTM’s online library. Tutorial support is available via Moodle where you can also communicate with fellow students. You also have access to online library resources via the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s and University of London’s Senate House libraries.

Summary of key dates

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate
Application deadline 31 August
Registration deadline 30 September
Programme starts October
Examinations take place June
Individual modules  
Application deadline 31 August
Registration deadline 31 October*
Examinations take place June

*Students who register after 1 October should be aware that they will not be able to request extensions to submission deadlines or request exam extenuating circumstances as a result of registering in October.

Late application fee

Applicants who submit applications on or after 1 June 2017 will be required to pay an application fee of £100 at the point of submission, which will be deducted from the balance of fees payable upon registration. If the application does not result in registration, the application fee will not be refunded. No application fee will apply to applications submitted on or before 31 May 2017.


London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has a partnership with the Said Foundation who offers funding opportunities to Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian nationals. Find out more on our Funding your Study page.

Free online taster courses

The School offers a number of free online courses in various subjects from infectious diseases through to global blindness and nutrition.

A new free online course, 'Health in Humanitarian Crises', begins on 6 February 2017.

Open Days and Information Days

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine holds regular open days in London. You'll have the opportunity to talk to staff and students, receive a tour of the School, and find out how it can help you prepare for a career in public health.

To find out more about these London events, please sign up here.

Continuing Professional Development

The School has developed an introductory course in drug safety which is aimed at a wide variety of practitioners. Read more about Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance.

What our students say

Dr Masatoki Adachi, Japan

Dr Masatoki Adachi, London School Alumnus"The Global Health Policy course provided exactly what I needed. Completing the course does require commitment and focus on finishing academic tasks but I hope that current students will also take time to look around and communicate with other students. Sometimes finding out how others are dealing with difficulties is also helpful. For me, participating in interactive programs was the most helpful way to stay connected."

Dr Adachi now works as Physician and Paediatrician for an international hospital in Japan. He also serves as a Medical Advisor for the United States Consulate General in Japan, supporting foreign residents in the region.


Structure and syllabus

MSc: either 9 modules (4 compulsory core and 5 electives) and the Project report [GHM300] [PDF] 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

Selection groups

Elective modules from group EPM1

Fundamentals of epidemiology

Elective modules from group EPM3

Global epidemiology of non-communicable diseases

Elective modules from group GHM2

Health systems

Elective modules from group IDM5



  • Restrictions and prerequisites may apply to some of the modules.
  • 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.
Study materials

How you study

You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some programme-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff. Once registered, you will be given access to LSHTM’s Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) which starts at the beginning of October, and will be sent any supplementary 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. Programme registration  runs for 1-5 years for the Postgraduate Certificate and 2-5 years for the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc, providing some flexibility to plan your studies.

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-based discussion forums and 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.

Study materials

The core module materials are delivered online using LSHTM’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Moodle. All lecture notes, slides, audio and video recordings, along with all essential and some recommended readings, are made available via Moodle. Details of the study materials provided for each module can be found in the module specification documents located on the Structure tab on the Global Health Policy programme page. 

To benefit fully from their online learning experience, students are encouraged to contribute to tutor-supported online discussion forums, where they further share and extend their learning with peers. It is essential that all students have regular access to the internet to access the module materials, engage with readings and activities for learning sessions within the module, participate in web-based discussions, access online library resources and submit assignments. 

We also provide all students with a student registration card.



The fees below refer to the 2017-2018 academic year only and are effective from 1 March 2017. Fees are subject to annual review. 

Registration fee£ 1,200
Fee per core module£ 1,600
Fee per elective module£ 675
Fee for final project (MSc only)£ 2,025
Total MSc£ 13,000
Total Postgraduate Diploma£ 10,300
Total Postgraduate Certificate£ 7,600
Total per Individual module (taken on a stand-alone basis)£ 1,900
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When to pay

Fees may be paid in one of two ways:

Either, pay the total fee on registration by making a single payment. This covers the registration fee and all module fees;
Or, if you prefer to spread out your payments, pay the registration fee plus the fee for each module you want to take in the first year, and then in subsequent years pay the fee for each new module you take.

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.

Other costs

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. MSc students who are carrying out a project may also need to budget for travel expenses or consumables.


If you are a UK or EU national and you have lived in England for three years, you could be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan.


Fees are subject to annual revision and typically may be increased by up to 5% per annum. For a full list fees that may be applicable, please see the fee schedule.

Applicants who submit applications on or after 1 June 2017 will be required to pay an application fee of £100 at the point of submission, which will be deducted from the balance of fees payable upon registration. If the application does not result in registration, the application fee will not be refunded. No application fee will apply to applications submitted on or before 31 May 2017.



Assessment varies from module to module but will include a combination of unseen written examinations and written assignments. Details are given in the module specification documents, found under the Structure tab on the Global Health Policy programme page.

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 180 countries worldwide. For details please visit our Assessment and examinations section.

Examinations 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. 

Credit awarded

Credits will be awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and (MSc only) the project (45 credits) successfully completed. To successfully pass an award, the following credits must be gained:

  • Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits 
  • Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits 
  • Master's – 180 credits.

Academic Requirements

A first or second class honours degree or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in:

  • Either a scientific subject such as: biology, medicine, nursing, or pharmacy;
  • Or a social science subject such as: Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies Human Rights, Geography, International Politics, International Relations, Law, Policy Studies, Politics, Political Science, Sociology, or Water and Sanitation.

Please note we accept qualifications from around the world. For further guidance please see our LSHTM Qualifications for Entrance.

Applicants who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the University and the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

Language Requirements

It is essential that you have an adequate command of the English Language to carry out your studies.

The following may be considered as acceptable evidence of English language proficiency:

  • substantial education (minimum of eighteen months) conducted and assessed in English or
  • substantial work experience (minimum of eighteen months) conducted in English.

If you do not meet one of the above requirements then you will be required to have passed one of the following within the past three years:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English when a minimum overall score of 185 is achieved, with at least 176 in Writing and 169 in Listening. If taken prior to January 2015 then you must achieve a minimum overall score of grade B.
  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 6.5 in the Written sub-test and a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 68 or above, with a minimum of 62 in Writing and a minimum of 59 in Listening, Reading and Speaking.
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 100 or above with at least 24 in Writing, 23 in Speaking, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening.

Where an applicant does not meet the required English language level but believes they can demonstrate the required level for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

Computer Requirements

You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where your programme’s study resources are located. Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter exams and use your programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the University of London Online Library, networking opportunities, and other resources.

To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification: 

  • a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents of at least 2-5 MB, and the following applications installed:
  • a computer that reads Microsoft Word format (.doc and .docx)
  • Excel software
  • Adobe, or other pdf reader.

Some of the CD-ROMs and software provided for use with Epidemiology modules may not be fully compatible with Apple Mac computers.
* Certain essential functionality may not be supported on all mobile devices.

Additional requirements:

  • Students will need to use a calculator.
  • A headset/microphone will be required to participate in ‘real-time’ online discussions.
Academic leaders

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 programme 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.

Academic leaders

Dr Preslava Stoeva, Course Director

Preslava is a lecturer at the Department of Global Health and Development and a researcher in the Anthropology, Politics and Policy group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She received her PhD from the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter and holds a first class MA and BA Magna Cum Laude degrees in International Relations from Huron University, London.

Her doctoral research studied the development of international legal norms through the lens of social constructivism and science and technology studies. Empirically her work focused on the construction of the international norms banning torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, the TRIPs agreement in relation to the pharmaceutical industry and the emergence of the norm to prevent catastrophic climate change. Preslava currently researches the global politics and governance of health and security, as well as health security in fragile and conflict-affected states. She employs qualitative methodologies and international relations theories to questions of global policy making, international law and normative development.

Preslava has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses at British and American Higher Education Institutions, covering diverse international relations topics including security studies, the politics of public international law, human rights, global governance - actors and institutions, international relations theories, research methods and foreign policy analysis.

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