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Professional Doctorate in Public Health (MSc)

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Course Description

This course covers the whole breadth of public health, which focuses on high-, middle- and low-income countries. Students can follow a general public health course or concentrate on one of five more specific streams. Which stream to follow will depend on individual needs and is decided with support of course directors and tutors during Term 1.

On successful completion of the course, students will receive an Master's degree in Public Health. This will reflect their choice of stream:

- Environment & Health

- Health Economics

- Health Promotion

- Health Services Management

- Health Services Research

- Public Health

The decision of which stream to follow will depend on the needs of the student and can be discussed with the Course Directors, while the Course FAQs provide further details on choosing a stream.

In addition to the MSc Public Health, other courses at the School may be relevant to students with an interest in public health and applicants should review the pages of other courses as follows: (i) MSc Public Health for Development - for those with an interest in low-income countries; (ii) MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing - for applicants with a particular interest in Health Policy; (iii) MSc Nutrition for Global Health - for those with an interest in nutrition.

This course 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).

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


Term 1:

All students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:

- Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy

- Basic Epidemiology

- Introduction for Health Economics

- Principles of Social Research

Term 1 Additional Modules:

All students take two additional modules, selected from the following:

- Environment, Health & Sustainable Development

- Health Policy, Process & Power

- Health Promotion Theory

- Health Services

- Issues in Public Health

Important note: one of these modules may be compulsory for a particular stream. Those who have not completed the named module in Term 1 will not be able to take that stream in Terms 2 and 3.

Term 1 Supplementary Modules:

Students unfamiliar with computers will need to take the introductory course in basic computer skills. Students are also encouraged to attend the Global Health Lecture Series and seminars organised by Research Modules.

Terms 2 and 3:

By the middle of Term 1 students must have selected one of the six streams. During Terms 2 and 3 all students will take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot. For most streams two of these modules are compulsory. Which modules these are, and what other modules are available, differs according to the stream.

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

Project Report:

In addition, all students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September. The nature of this project may differ between streams, and the content must be relevant to the stream.

Intercalating this course

Undergraduate medical students can take a year out either to pursue related studies or work. The School welcomes applications from medical students wishing to intercalate after their third year of study from any recognised university in the world.

Why intercalate with us?:

Reputation: The School has an outstanding international reputation in public health & tropical medicine and is at the forefront of global health research. It is highly rated in a number of world rankings including:

- World’s leading research-focused graduate school (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2013)

- Third in the world for social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking, 2014)

- Second in UK for research impact (Research Exercise Framework 2014)

- Top in Europe for impact (Leiden Ranking, 2015)

Highly recognised qualification: possessing a Master's from the School will give you a focused understanding of health and disease, broaden your career prospects and allow you to be immersed in research in a field of your choice.

Valuable skills: you will undertake an independent research project (summer project) in your chosen topic, equipping you with research skills that will distinguish you in a clinical environment. While your medical qualification will give you a breadth of knowledge; undertaking an intercalated degree will allow you to explore your main area of interest in greater depth.

Alumni network: the School has a strong international and diverse alumni community, with more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries.

MSc vs. BSc: undertaking an MSc is an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge in your chosen topic and enhance your skills in scientific research. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly sought after by clinicians and possessing a Masters qualification can assist you in your future career progression.

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

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

(Student Profile)

Jennifer Torres

135.gif After pursuing my master’s in Social Work, and working for the U.S. Federal Government, and UNICEF, I found that my interest lay in policy and public health. I learned about the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine through colleagues at UNICEF who had either obtained an MSc or a PhD from the school. The school was highly recommended for both its reputation around the world, and for the quality of the programs and its research.

The best part of being a student at LSHTM is the diversity of the students. Each student offers a unique perspective to the problems that offers a unique learning opportunity that you may not find anywhere else.

The program and the opportunities that it has provided me has lead me to want to pursue a career in academia in the area of public health. I am currently applying for programs and hope to continue my studies here at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, because I feel that the tools I have obtained so far will only be enhanced through continued studies at the school.

My education thus far at LSHT have not only given me a strong academic background in public health, but has also allowed me to make life long connections that have change my life forever.

(Student Profile)

Cecilia de Villiers

4350.jpg I graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. I wanted to further my career in public health and contribute to efficient health care at population level through effective health education, promotion and resource planning.

I chose the School because of the health economics stream and the part time option over two years. I was not disappointed and my expectations were by far exceeded! Our lecturers and tutors are world leaders and experts in their fields. The diversity and international experience of lecturers and students is visible through the impressive number of international and national research and publications as well as the valuable and passionate leadership and expert advice during for example the Ebola crisis. I have met exceptional people from all over the world and I am very privileged to be able to learn from them and share experiences during the group practicals and tutorials.

I enjoy the analytical and quantitative modules at the School and I would like to further my career in developing efficient health systems that address the needs of the population. Health systems finance on a global level is a very interesting and challenging field and I would like to be part of a team consulting to governments and local authorities about financing their health systems and making efficient use of scarce resources.

The School will certainly will certainly offer these opportunities and the network connections to start the next step in my career. Bring on year two!

(Student Profile)

Nathan Barusch

4403.jpg I completed my third year of medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska before coming to the School for my MSc in Public Health. Next year I hope to finish medical school and go into psychiatry and mental health policy. I first heard about the School while interning at the World Health Organization. I chose the School for its stellar reputation in global health, the variety of coursework to choose from, the ability to complete my MSc in one year and of course the opportunity to live in such an incredible city.

I couldn’t be happier with my choice! The professors are fantastic! I frequently notice that the papers and books I am reading are authored by the School’s faculty, who are very enthusiastic and approachable teachers. My fellow students are also remarkably accomplished with diverse backgrounds. Classes are focused on building skills and teaching us to think in new ways about public health. It has been one of the most educational, exciting, and enjoyable years of my education.

(Student Profile)

Chance Pistoll

4404.jpg Every day at the School is like diving into a global swimming pool of experience, with so much learning occurring outside the classroom in the context of a truly international and multicultural student cohort. From conversations with fellow students, I have learned about the medical politics of Kenya; the format of medical school interviews in the USA; and have even had the chance to test theories from a policy class against their architects in Geneva. The School presents a unique environment and opportunity, not easily replicated anywhere in the world.

(Student Profile)

Jenric Ng

4405.jpg One of the strengths of the School is the diversity of students”, remarked a Dean during orientation. The School attracts the brightest from all over the world, and with their wealth of knowledge and personal backgrounds, the learning opportunities are immense. Despite their outstanding accomplishments, the students here are extremely friendly and humble. I have learnt so much from my classmates and made life-long friends within this short year. All this would not have been possible without the unique environment at the School, where diversity, passion and the warmth of the students are true strengths.

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Entry Requirements

An honours degree: entry to the MSc Public Health is highly competitive and applicants are recommended to have a 2:1 or high 2:2 from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a natural sciences, clinical disciplines or social science. Work experience: preference will be given to applicants with relevant work experience, this includes both paid and voluntary work, internships etc.

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