Public Health (MSc, PGDip and PGCert)


Study for a prestigious MSc in Public Health by online and flexible learning

This master’s degree provides you with the knowledge and skills to address diverse public health issues in both high- and low-income environments. You can opt for a broad range of knowledge by taking the general pathway, or specialise in one of three streams: Environment and Health, Health Promotion, or Health Services Management.

By the end of this programme, you will gain:

  • a deeper understanding of public health issues;
  • 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 world-class qualification that will enhance your career development.

Students come from diverse backgrounds. Many are existing health professionals in service or policy roles. Others work in development, community services, government, research or teaching.

Programme details

The programme is developed by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the leading postgraduate medical institution in Europe for public health and tropical medicine.

  You study Study period Cost (2017-2018)
MSc EITHER 14 modules OR 11 modules plus a project report 2-5 years £13,000
Postgraduate Diploma 10 modules 2-5 years £10,300
Postgraduate Certificate 6 modules 1-5 years £7,600
Individual modules Studying individual modules is ideal if you wish to update your professional knowledge or sample the programme. The fee per core module is £1,300; for elective modules it is £1,900.

How you study

The course allows you to study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines). As an online and distance-learning student, you'll receive:

Comprehensive learning materials

  • Interactive materials available via the Virtual Learning Environment.
  • CD-ROMs, practical workbooks and textbooks (depending on module).
  • Access to web-based discussion boards.

Outstanding support

You are encouraged to participate in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students via the dedicated online portal. Real-time online sessions and individual feedback on assignments is also provided.

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 will not be able to request extensions to submission deadlines or plea mitigating circumstances for exams as a result of late registration.

Application fee (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)

If you apply on or after 1 June 2017, you’ll need to make an up-front payment of £100 when you submit your application. This gets deducted from your programme fees once you register. If you don’t register, it will not be refunded.

The School

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was crowned 'University of the Year' by Times Higher Education in 2016 for its 'extraordinary' response to the Ebola crisis.

Find out more about the School.

What our students say

Dr Sven Jungmann, Germany

Dr Sven Jungmann, London School Alumnus"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

Core modules - PHM1
Elective modules - PHM2

  • E&H
  • HP
  • HSM
  • Gen

  • O
  • O
  • O
  • O
Project module
Selection groups

Elective modules from group EPM2

Statistical methods in epidemiology

Elective modules from group GHM2

Health systems

Elective modules from group IDM5



  • 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) [pdf] 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. 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.

Study materials

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 2017-2018 academic year only and are effective from 1 March 2017. Fees are subject to annual review. 

Initial registration fee£ 1,200
Fee per core module£ 1,065
Fee per elective module£ 675
Fee for final project£ 2,025
Postgraduate Certificate£ 7,600
Postgraduate Diploma£ 10,300
MSc£ 13,000
Individual modules (taken on a stand-alone basis)
Fee per core module£ 1,300
Fee per elective module£ 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 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. 

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

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.

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

Ros Plowman, Course Director


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.

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