Public Health (Health Services Research stream) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

In these rapidly changing times, preventing disease, improving our health, and reducing health inequality will depend on a broad range of people and expertise. Our MSc in Public Health reflects this, offering an unparalleled number of specialised modules designed to help you become a catalyst for change in your area of interest. Over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), you’ll gain a strong grasp on the core disciplines of public health. Your faculty leaders, who are active researchers in their fields, have all the experience needed to help you succeed in the specialist studies for your chosen career path. This stream draws on a wide range of disciplines that enable students to develop knowledge, understanding and capability in various scientific methods and fields of study relevant to health services research. It is aimed at those who plan a career in this field from high-, middle- and low-income countries. By the end of this stream students will 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, students will be able to:

  • understand the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs
  • identify, assess and synthesise evidence from research literature
  • select and apply appropriate, ethical and feasible study designs to answer questions in health services and health systems research
  • show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence
  • understand the relationship between research evidence and policy/practice.


Term 1 compulsory modules: Basic Epidemiology; Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy; Issues in Public Health; Principles of Social Research. In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Health Services. The remaining module can be selected from: Environment, Health & Sustainable Development; Foundations for Health Promotion; Health Policy, Process & Power; Introduction to Health Economics. Terms 2 and 3: Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2, E). The list below shows recommended or compulsory modules. There are other optional modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Programme Directors. Slot C1: Economic Evaluation; Health Care Evaluation; Sociological Approaches to Health. Slot C2: Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies; Health Systems; History & Health; Qualitative Methodologies; Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. Slot D1: Economic Analysis for Health Policy; Medical Anthropology and Public Health. Slot D2: Reviewing the Literature (compulsory). Slot E: Proposal Development (compulsory).

Assessment method

Assessments may be an essay or other written assignment, short written tests, a groupwork report or presentation, or other methods and an independent project report. For full assessment information, please see the module specifications.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the MSc Public Health, an applicant must: Hold either a first degree at Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) standard in a relevant discipline, or a degree in medicine recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of practising medicine in the UK, or another degree of equivalent standard awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK ENIC or the GMC. OR Hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) degree or above. OR Applicants with a 2:2 degree will also be considered if they have sufficient relevant professional experience or training in the field (sufficient, relevant work experience would typically mean at least two years working in a field allied to public health) - we would encourage such applicants to contact the Programme Directors to discuss their suitability before applying. If you have not previously studied in the UK, you can check our guide to international equivalent qualifications for our master's degrees. Applicants with relevant work experience will be given preference. This includes both paid and voluntary work, internships etc. Applicants 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 - an online biostatistics short course. Any undergraduate degree subject at Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) standard can be acceptable with a demonstrable commitment to public health. Please visit our website for full entry requirements for the MSc in Public Health, including English Language requirements if English is not your first language.

English language requirements

As part of the application process, applicants are required to demonstrate how they meet LSHTM's minimum English Language requirements. This is particularly important for applicants requiring a Student Visa, as the UK Home Office dictates that every student from outside the UK and Republic of Ireland must show evidence of a minimum level of English language ability (called CEFR B2 level) in order to be granted a Student visa and study in the UK.

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Public Health (Health Services Research stream) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS