Public Health (MSc, PGDip and PGCert)
Study for a prestigious MSc in Public Health by distance learning
This online Master’s degree in Public Health provides you with the knowledge and skills to address diverse public health issues in low, middle and high income settings. The varied curriculum allows you to opt for a broad range of knowledge or to concentrate on specialised areas. The MSc offers four alternative streams: the general Public Health stream and three specialist streams: Environment and Health, Health Promotion and Health Services Management.
Students of this programme come from diverse backgrounds. Many are health professionals working at a service or policy level, while others wish to obtain public health skills that they can apply to their work in development, community services, government, research or teaching.
By the end of this programme, you will gain:
- the knowledge and skills to contribute to the health of populations, communities and disadvantaged groups.
the ability to apply the core disciplines of public health (statistics, epidemiology, health
economics and social research) to real world health problems.
- a deeper understanding of public health issues and an academic qualification that will enhance your career development in health-related fields.
|You study||Study period||Cost (2016-2017)|
|MSc||EITHER 14 modules OR 11 modules plus a project report||2-5 years||£12,360|
|Postgraduate Diploma||10 modules||2-5 years||£9,750|
|Postgraduate Certificate||6 modules||1-5 years||£7,200|
|Individual modules||Studying individual modules is an ideal option if you wish to update your professional knowledge or sample the programme. The fee per individual module (core PHM1 modules) is £1,200 but for elective modules it is £1,800.|
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is the leading postgraduate medical institution in Europe in the subjects of public health and tropical medicine. It was crowned 'University of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016 for its 'extraordinary' response to the Ebola crisis.
The MSc Public Health programme is accredited by the Agency for Accreditation of Public Health Education in the European Region (APHEA) which is the accreditation body of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).
Study materials will be made available via the LSHTM Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, from the beginning of October and depending on the module, other study materials, for example, CDROMs, study guides or textbooks, will be sent to you at your chosen delivery address either by courier or by post during September. Tutor support is provided through the discussion forums available throughout the academic year on Moodle and, in addition, synchronous Collaborate sessions and individual feedback on assignments will be provided.
Summary of key dates
|MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate|
|Application deadline||31 August|
|Registration deadline||30 September|
|Examinations take place||June|
|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.|
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has a partnership with the Said Foundation. Available are funding opportunities to Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian nationals. More details are 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, including the School’s new course looking at the science behind the Zika outbreak which starts 4 July 2016. Visit the access page to join one of these taster courses.
Open Days and Information Days
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine holds regular Open Days and Information Days in London. During these days, you have the opportunity to talk to staff and students, find out about the latest research and discover how the London School can help you prepare for a career in public health.
There are also information stands and displays and regular tours of the School, allowing you to learn more about the MSc programmes and take part in a question and answer session with course directors.
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 Sven Jungmann, Germany
"The MSc in Public Health got me into the habit of approaching any problem from a wider angle. I now always look for all possible influence factors, trying to identify a problem’s root causes and consequences that might not be obvious at first sight. Public health requires critical thinking to identify the core problems and creativity across all disciplines to solve them. And that is useful everywhere."
Sven is a Freelance Medical Consultant. Prior to his University of London Master’s degree, he trained as a Doctor of Medicine at the Institute for Human Genetics, Saarland University. Sven also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Oxford.
Structure and syllabus
The PG Cert consists of 4 compulsory core modules (PHM101, PHM102, PHM103, PHM104) plus 2 further PHM1 modules.
The PG Dip consists of 4 compulsory core modules, 2 further PHM1 modules, plus 4 elective modules (at least 2 must be taken from selection group PH2, the remainder chosen from the selection groups listed below).
The MSc consists of 4 compulsory core modules, 1 stream-specific PHM1 module, 1 further PHM1 module, 1 stream-specific PHM2 module, plus EITHER 7 elective modules OR 4 elective modules and a project report (at least 3 of the elective modules must be taken from selection group PHM2, the remainder chosen from the list below).
If on the General stream: either 8 elective modules or 5 elective modules and a project report must be chosen after the PHM1 modules. At least 1 PHM2 module must be chosen if doing the project report; OR at least 4 PHM2 modules must be chosen if not doing the project report.
Key to streams
There are four streams to the MSc:
· E&H - Environment & Health
· HP - Health Promotion
· HSM - Health Services Management
· Gen - General stream
To gain an MSc with a particular stream, you must complete the relevant compulsory modules for that stream. These are marked C in the table below. Modules marked R are recommended for that stream. A module marked O is optional.
Please see the Public Health Programme Specification and Regulations for further information on the modules available for study under each stream
Four compulsory core modules
Additional PHM1 core modules
- Analytical models for decision making
- Communicable disease control
- Conflict and Health
- Economic analysis for health policy
- Economic evaluation
- Environmental epidemiology
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
- Environmental health policy
- Health care evaluation
- History and health
- Globalisation and health
- Managing health services
- Medical anthropology in public health
- Organisational management
- Principles and practice of health promotion
- Sexual Health
Elective modules from group IDM2
Elective modules from group EPM2
Elective modules from group IDM3
- Restrictions and pre-requisites 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.
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. Online resources and study materials for the modules you have registered to study will be available via the LSHTM Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, from the beginning of October. Depending on the module, other study materials, for example, CDROMs, study guides or textbooks, will be sent to you at your chosen delivery address either by courier or by post during September. 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 academi 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. Therefore, the Postgraduate Certificate can be completed in 1-5 years and the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc in 2-5 years, 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 year.
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 access to your study materials after you register. Details of the study materials provided for each module can be found in the module specification documents located on the Structure tab on the Public Health programme page. 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 2016-2017 academic year only and are effective from 1 March 2016. Fees are subject to annual review.
|Initial registration fee||£ 1,155|
|Fee per core module||£ 1,000|
|Fee per elective module||£ 650|
|Fee for final project||£ 1,935|
|Postgraduate Certificate||£ 7,200|
|Postgraduate Diploma||£ 9,750|
|Individual modules (taken on a stand-alone basis)|
|Fee per core module||£ 1,200|
|Fee per elective module||£ 1,800|
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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. MSc students who are carrying out a project may also need to budget for travel expenses or consumables.
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 examinations and written assignments. Details are given in the module specifications, found under the Structure tab on the Public Health programme page.
Examinations take place once a year in June. These are normally held in a student’s country of residence. We have examination centres in over 180 countries worldwide, for details please see 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.
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.
You will meet the academic entrance requirement if you have both:
- a minimum of one year's relevant work experience; and
- a first or second class honours degree or the equivalent, in a subject appropriate to the course, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London.
Please note we accept qualifications from around the world. For further guidance please see our LSHTM Qualifications for Entrance.
If you do not satisfy the above requirements you may still be admitted at our discretion on the basis of your academic qualifications, work experience and references.
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 B or 190 is achieved
- (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 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 68 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.
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:
- 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.
- Students will need to use a calculator.
- A headset/microphone will be required to participate in ‘real-time’ online discussions.
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.
Ros Plowman, Course Director
RGN, BA, MSc, PhD
Rosalind Plowman originally trained as a nurse following which she worked in a variety of clinical settings. She then studied for a BA in Human Sciences at Oxford University and an MSc in Health Planning and Financing at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics. On completion of her MSc she was appointed project co-ordinator of a study which assessed the economic burden of hospital acquired infections and this became the basis of her PhD thesis which focused on the economic burden of infections occurring in surgical patients. Rosalind’s research interests include the economics of infection and the costs and benefits of selected infection control activities. Rosalind became involved with the LSHTM distance-learning programme in November 2001 and is currently the Course Director for the Public Health distance learning course.
Marcus Keogh-Brown, Deputy Course Director
Marcus Keogh-Brown is a Lecturer in Economic modelling in the Health Economics and Systems Analysis (HESA) group of the Department of Global Health and Development at LSHTM. Marcus studied Mathematics and Statistics at Queen Mary, University of London, and Computer Studies at the University of Essex, and has a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London. His current research interests involve the use and development of macroeconomic models in a health context. Current and previous health and macroeconomic applications include infectious and communicable diseases such as SARS, influenza, antibiotic resistance and malaria and also non-communicable disease modelling and its implications for agriculture, food, the environment and trade. He is also the Deputy Course Director for LSHTM’s DL MSc in Public Health, Deputy Module Organiser and Tutor for LSHTM’s DL MSc in Global Health Policy, and the Course Organiser for LSHTM’s Basic Maths Support Sessions.