Public Health for Development at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Dive deeper into the world of public health, elevating your expertise to become a trailblazing leader in the field. Address critical healthcare challenges, from malaria to sexual health, and find groundbreaking solutions for underserved communities in low- and middle-income countries. Studying our MSc Public Health for Development, you’ll learn from a diverse range of specialists in health economics, statistics, epidemiology, social science, and health policies. Then explore how these can be applied to low- and middle- income settings. Considering health services from a multidisciplinary perspective, you’ll engage with complex health and development challenges and design and manage interventions to improve the outcomes. Your new skills will help you make a lasting impact in the most marginalised groups in the world. What you will learn:

  • Grow in-depth knowledge of a range of current issues and topics related to public health in low- and middle-income settings
  • Explore core public health disciplines including epidemiology, statistics, social science research, health economics and health policy
  • Gain experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, understanding their strengths and how to apply them globally
  • Discover how to identify and assess health problems and evaluate actions designed to improve public health
  • Develop appropriate strategies to manage and promote health, collaborating in a team and across disciplines.


Term 1 compulsory modules: Extended Epidemiology; Health Policy, Process & Power; Introduction to Health Economics; Principles of Social Research; Statistics for Epidemiology & Population Health. Terms 2 and 3: Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2, E), working with personal tutors to identify a pathway through the programme which best serves their career. Students may choose to develop research skills in statistics and epidemiology; qualitative methods; health policy; or health economics. They may also choose to develop a specialist public health focus such as vector control; maternal and newborn health; sexual and reproductive health; or water, sanitation and health. To see the full list of module options in Terms 2 and 3, please see the programme webpage on our website.

Assessment method

Assessments may include essays, other written coursework, short written exams, practical exams, group-work, presentations or other methods and a project report. For full assessment information, please see the module specifications.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to an LSHTM master's degree programme, an applicant must: Hold either a first degree at Second Class Honours (2:2) 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 a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above. OR Have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above. If you have not previously studied in the UK, you can check our guide to international equivalent qualifications for our master's degrees. Additionally for the MSc Public Health for Development, successful applicants are expected to have one year’s professional experience in public health in a low- or middle-income country. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement, but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application. Please visit our website for full entry requirements for the MSc in Public Health for Development, 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 for Development at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS