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Professional Doctorate in Nutrition for Global Health (MSc)

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Course Description

The course provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated programme covers epidemiological, dietary, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include: maternal and child nutrition; nutrition in emergencies; nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring; nutrition-related chronic disease. The main programme focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries – although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to populations globally.

The course attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in low and middle income countries. This course is not a dietetic qualification.

Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.

Course Accreditation

The course is accredited by UK Association for Nutrition (http://www.associationfornutrition.org/), Graduates can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/ngh_progspec.pdf)

- Intercalating this course (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/ways-study/intercalating-study-masters-degree)

Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/nutrition-global-health

Applicants who have worked in nutrition, health or other relevant global nutrition activities will be given preference.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.


By the end of this course students should be able to:

- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of nutrition for global health at biological, social and policy levels

- assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, from anthropometry and information on dietary intake to broader analytical skills

- interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels

- evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies of public health nutrition

- disseminate and present findings of research in a range of formats and contexts

- identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts

- apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals


Term 1:

All students take three compulsory modules:

- Fundamental Public Health Nutrition

- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

- Basic Epidemiology

One additional optional module may also be taken from:

- Principles of Social Research

- Health Promotion Theory

- Health Policy, Process and Power

Term 2:

Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.

*Recommended modules

- Slot 1:

Maternal and Child Nutrition (compulsory)

- Slot 2:

Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*

Family Planning Programmes

History & Health

Qualitative Methodologies

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

- Slot 3:

Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health

Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases

Nutrition in Emergencies

Tropical Environmental Health

- Slot 4:

Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease (compulsory)

- Slot 5:

Advance Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Analysing Survey & Population Data

Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

Nutrition Programme Planning

Principles and Practice of Public Health

Further details for the course modules - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/masters-degrees/module-specifications

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work, for submission by early September.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msphn.html#sixth

Visit the Nutrition for Global Health (MSc) page on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Timothy Hole

170.gif After graduating from the University of Nottingham in Biology, I worked in Social Services in a poor part of the UK for a year. It was here that I started to become passionate about the relationship between wealth and health, and the injustice behind it. I was particularly disturbed by the rising levels in obesity in children. In the subsequent year I taught English at a university in China. Whilst in China, and travelling around South-East Asia, my eyes were opened to the scale of the health problems in the world. Nowhere is the double burden of a population being underweight and overweight, more apparent than in China. Whilst working for the university I realised I wanted to work in a stimulating environment and I decided I wanted to further my education in the field of nutrition.
Studying Public Health Nutrition at LSHTM has given me an opportunity to dedicate my career to these nutritional issues at the public health level. I feel well armed for such a career after completing the statistical and epidemiological work that I found hard, and with the nutritional modules that I found really interesting. I have been given a full appreciation of the social, financial, physical and logistical factors that cause all different types of malnutrition, from specific micronutrient deficiencies to chronic-energy malnutrition. Through the links at the school I have been able to organise my summer project at the Human Nutrition Research centre dealing with dietary patterns of adolescents and am really looking forward it.
I have enjoyed living in London and, through being very disciplined, I have been able to do it on a tight budget. I am proud to be able to say I have studied at LSHTM and I would recommend the experience to people who want to really achieve some tangible goals in the field of public health.

(Student Profile)

Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera

4348.jpg I started my career as a nurse in 2001, in my home country, France but in 2006, oriented my career in humanitarian aid and worked in more than 10 countries in 8 years.

Despite having done a postgraduate in tropical medicine, I still felt that I needed to acquire additional tools to improve the impact of my work and boost my career. My discussions with my peers made me realize that the MSc Nutrition for Global Health at the School would give me the skills I was looking for. I now have a more critical look on research, know how to analyse and design better studies and improved my knowledge in public health nutrition. I also feel that some modules like Health Policy, Process and Power made me a stronger advocate for the integration and implementation of nutrition in national policies.

What I particularly like about the School is how up to date the lecturers are about the challenges and constraints felt by international health worker. The knowledge and skills acquired not only prepare young minds to the field of global health but also allow experienced people to strengthen their capacity with thought-provoking lectures and exchanges. I just went through an interview assessment day for a high level position and realised how much stronger the School made me, not only in terms of knowledge but also to improve my problem solving skill. I feel that my career path is now stronger and that I owe that to the School.

(Student Profile)

Alice Burrell

4371.jpg What drew my attention most to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was the exciting names of the courses they offered. I had been looking for a nutrition course and stumbled across the ‘Nutrition for Global Health’, the course was so unique and sounded incredibly interesting. After reading more about the School itself and the vast amounts of research going on and links with institutes and researchers around the world, I was sold. And it really has been an incredible place to learn. The Nutrition course is tough, for a non-nutritionist such as myself, but never dull. I have honestly loved every minute. You come out with a the latest knowledge and skills in nutrition, and with the degree so well respected it really does put you one step ahead for graduate job applications. The student body of the course is one of the most diverse I have known, from 20-50 years of age and ranging from straight out of undergrad to 10 years working for UNICEF. You learn almost as much from the students as you do from the academics.

(Student Profile)

Frances Knight

4372.jpg One of the best aspects of studying at the School was having access to some of the most relevant professionals and researchers in the field. Working with members of the nutrition team at the School and the numerous guest lecturers and guest speakers meant that we have been consistently exposed to and engaged in discussions about the latest ideas and programs in global nutrition and encouraged to critically analyse emerging evidence. Being a part of the nutrition community at the school also resulted in invitations to fascinating conferences and events such as The Lancet Nutrition Series Launch. I have thoroughly enjoyed the environment of discussion, ideas and debate that the School has exposed me to and hope to be able to recreate some of this energy in my future pursuits.

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Entry Requirements

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following: an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed; OR a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies. Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

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