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Professional Doctorate in Public Health (Distance Learning) (MSc / PGDip / PGCert)

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

These courses provide students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the improved health of populations and particular groups within them through the promotion of health and prevention of diseases; the development and evaluation of care practices; and the investigation and control of environmental threats to health. Students are instructed in the development, use and critical evaluation of conceptual models, evidence, methods of analysis, and practical interventions.

The courses enable students to deepen their understanding of public health issues and to increase their potential career development in health-related fields in high-, middle- and low-income settings. Students come from diverse backgrounds; many are health professionals working at a service or policy level, while others wish to obtain public health skills that they can apply to their work in development, community services, government, research or teaching.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://london.ac.uk/sites/default/files/programme-specifications/progspec-public-health.pdf)

- Distance Learning prospectus (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/public-health-online)

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/courses/public-health-online

Course objectives

Students will develop:

- the knowledge and skills to contribute to the health of populations, communities and disadvantaged groups

- the ability to apply the core disciplines of public health (statistics, epidemiology, health economics and social research) to real world health problems

- a deeper understanding of public health issues and an academic qualification that will enhance your career development in health-related fields

Students can choose a more general course or specialise in one of the following areas:

- Environment & Health

- Health Promotion

- Health Services Management

Method of assessment

All distance learning modules are assessed by means of a two-hour unseen written examination (with 15 minutes planning/reading time at the start of the examination).

PHM2 modules and elective modules from the other distance learning courses - EPM2, IDM2, IDM3 and IDM5 modules - are assessed partly by the two-hour unseen written examination (70%) and partly by an assessed assignment (30%), submitted electronically to the School by a set deadline.

Examinations take place once a year in June (please note: it is not possible to hold examinations at other times of year). These are normally held in a student’s country of residence. Details of available examination centres.

They are arranged mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. Students taking distance learning examinations will need to pay a fee to their local examination centre. Please note that if you fail an examination at the first entry you will be allowed one further attempt, if you have failed the module overall.

Study materials

You receive your study materials after you register. Study materials may include Subject guides, Readers, Textbooks, CD-ROMs/additional computer software (e.g. Stata), Past examination papers and Examiners’ reports, and Handbooks. You also have access to the School’s online library resources. We also provide all students with a student registration card.

Flexible study

We know that if you have a full-time job, family or other commitments, and wish to study at a distance, you will have many calls on your time. The course allows you to study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.You have between 1-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Certificate, and between 2-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc.

The study year for most modules runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, while two modules run from the beginning of January through to assignment submission at the end of August. Tutorial support is available throughout this time. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work which is mostly carried out between June and the end of September in their final year.

Blended learning: taking modules in London

After successful completion of a minimum number of core modules, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of up to two modules only (from a restricted list) at the School in London during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. Please note that these options, and the dates when the modules are held at the School, are subject to change - full details will be sent to all distance learning students in July each year.


- a web-based learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)

- personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments

- tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year, through the online Virtual Learning Environment

- communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or through learning support groups

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

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

(Student Profile)

Jingwen Xie

4351.jpg The distance learning programme at the School fulfils my needs, as I cannot commit to full-time on-campus study.

(Student Profile)

Nkhafwire Mkandawire

4400.jpg There are a number of Public Health challenges in my country. To deal with those problems you need well-trained people to address such issues. The MSc distance learning programme allows you to study and work at the same time. That gives you an opportunity to apply what you are learning directly to your work. At the moment I’m working in Malawi, but I also want to work in South Africa and other countries. Having the Master’s degree has given me an advantage – I’m able to compete globally for these positions.

(Student Profile)

Alison Maassen

4401.jpg I selected the School’s distance learning programme for my Master’s degree as it offered me the flexibility to continue developing my career while also gaining academic knowledge from a prestigious institution. I completed the programme over four years across three continents, often with limited access to the internet – few other academic programmes are that adaptable!

My degree has given me valuable skills in such varied fields as economic analysis, immunology, health services management, and epidemiology, all while allowing me to gain practical project management experience in my full-time job. I apply knowledge gained through my degree to my daily work.

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Entry Requirements

All applicants are required to have: either a first or second class honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course; OR an appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years’ relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis

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