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Professional Doctorate in Public Health (Environment & Health stream) (MSc)

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Course Description

This stream provides multidisciplinary training in the advanced methods necessary to undertake epidemiological research on the relationships between health and the environment. Students will develop an understanding of the social, economic and political contexts which underlie the establishment of priorities and the selection and evaluation of policy responses.

Graduates enter careers in epidemiology, health risk assessment, consultancy or policy development as applied to environment and global health.

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

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

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-environment


By the end of this stream students should 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, they should be able to:

- describe the principal concerns in environment and health (pollution of air, water, and land; the urban environment; sustainable development; risk perceptions)

- interpret and evaluate risk assessments and risk management strategies as applied to environment and health concerns

- show a theoretical and practical understanding of the design and analysis of studies in environmental epidemiology

- analyse the political and social contexts in which an environment and health policy is made, the factors that lead to policy change, and in particular, the role that research plays in policy change

- show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence in relation to environment and health issues


Term 1:

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

In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Environment, Health & Sustainable Development. The remaining module can be selected from:

Health Policy, Process & Power

Health Promotion Theory

Health Services

Issues in Public Health

Terms 2 and 3:

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

*Recommended modules

- Slot 1:

Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries*

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco*

Economic Evaluation*

Epidemiology & Control of Malaria*

Health Care Evaluation*

Health Promotion Approaches and Methods*

Research Design & Analysis*

Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal*

- Slot 2:

Conflict and Health*

Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*

Health Systems*

History & Health*

Population, Poverty and Environment*

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*

Qualitative Methodologies

- Slot 3:

Applied Communicable Disease Control*

Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health*

Economic Analysis for Health Policy*

Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases*

Medical Anthropology and Public Health*

Social Epidemiology*

Tropical Environmental Health*

Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health

- Slot 4:

Environmental Epidemiology (compulsory)

- Slot 5:

Environmental Health Policy (compulsory)

By arrangement, students may be able to substitute specified Distance Learning modules for up to two modules in certain timetable slots. Any such substitutions will need to be discussed with the Course Directors. Full details are contained in the MSc Course Handbook.

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

Project Report:

Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/public-health-environment#how-to-apply

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

(Student Profile)

Laura Miller

137.gif For many years, I’d had an interest in environmentalism and ecology, but didn’t know how to turn such an interest into a career – aside from some volunteer work and conferences in my ‘spare time.’ After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, I worked in local tobacco control and tobacco prevention, a job that I had begun during my undergrad years at Berkeley. Eventually, I had a feeling it was time to go back to school and learn practical public health skills for the job market. I had heard that LSHTM was particularly strong in the fields of statistics and epidemiology.
I have zero regrets about my decision to come to LSHTM. Within the MSc in Public Health course, I chose the Environmental Health stream. It has been a rigorous and demanding course, but I am extremely grateful for the challenge; the tools I am learning can be applied to either a developing or developed country context. Inevitably, the topic of climate change comes up within the Environmental Health stream. With guidance from my tutor and professors, over the summer I will be researching dengue fever and how it relates to climate change and evolving mosquito habitats. I am certain that this work will be a stepping stone toward further career opportunities in the field of climate change research – a way to turn my environmental interest into a career.
I was right about LSTHM being strong in stats and epidemiology. And aside from an excellent array of modules and professors who are dedicated to what they study, I discovered another strength of LSHTM’s – its variety of international students who have had fascinating careers prior to going back to school. It seems that the students come from everywhere, from Oman to Papua New Guinea! LSHTM feels more multicultural than many American universities, and this has helped make my year there a very meaningful experience.

(Student Profile)

Ng Wai Ning

4402.jpg The reasons that made me come to the School are its reputation in the field of public health and the diversity of experts among the researchers and classmates. The School has given me the opportunity to meet classmates from around the world with different backgrounds and perspectives, which always makes discussions during classes interesting, and to connect with the world renowned teachers and researchers. I most enjoyed the regular events and seminars delivered by experts from universities and organisations from around the globe, to share their experience and perspectives on current health issues. In the MSc Public Health program, the School has given us a variety of module options to suit the interests of all students. It offers students chances to better understand themselves and different areas of public health to shape their future career path.

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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: a second-class honours degree 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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