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Study a postgraduate degree in global and public health

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Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

We have taken guidance from our leading COVID-19 researchers on how the future of the pandemic may unfold, and with the safety and wellbeing of our students being our top priority, we have taken the following decisions:

Term 1: Teaching will be delivered wholly online.

As a School, we have a strong track record in delivering education at distance. Learning outcomes will be delivered through a combination of live lectures and seminars, scheduled to take students in different time zones into account, and will continue to provide access to the same resources and expertise as on campus.

Terms 2 and 3: Teaching will be delivered on campus and online.

This will mean that if you are unable or concerned about coming to London, you can continue and complete your degree at a distance. Alternatively, if

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Entry Requirements

A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration 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; applicants with a strong academic background in ancillary subjects will also be considered
a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed

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Student Profile(s)

Minnie Parmiter

174.gif I studied Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, where I took an interest in the relative macro-drivers of arboviral disease, such as climate change, drug resistance, host population movements and socio-economics. I spent some time as an assistant in the Bluetongue lab there when the disease was spreading throughout Europe, thought to be due to vector response to climatic change. I then worked in the climate sector for a company developing emission reduction projects under Kyoto in developing countries, followed by renewable energy policy in the UK and EU, before starting at LSHTM to tie it all together.

The modules are well structured and clearly taught, with a practical focus to train you with skills to use professionally. One of the best things about the school is the exposure to the high calibre researchers teaching you, who are all very accessible and extremely willing to answer questions. I was impressed by the number of modules available from a diverse spectrum of research areas (choosing is not easy!), which allowed me to gain skills in economics and mathematical modelling, as well as dissecting insects in the lab. Many of the chosen modules are mixed with other MScs, which maximises the variety of perspectives brought into discussion, as people have such different backgrounds and knowledge bases, which I found incredibly interesting and very useful.

The core of this MSc gives a good overview of human infectious diseases, as well an overview of epidemiological concepts and a public health context. It also stands out in offering the opportunity to gain field experience on the ground for the summer project, either with a researcher from the school or one of the NGOs with close ties to LSHTM. I was lucky enough to get a project working with Malarial drug-resistance on the Thai-Cambodia border, although you can pretty much pick any infectious disease anywhere in the world and get out there. The schedule can be exhausting but the quality of the training matches the school’s reputation and it is impossible to leave without having the basis for responsible scientific research drilled into you and the tools to carry some out.

Jamie Scuffell

While studying Medicine at the University of Sheffield I became interested in infectious disease, and particularly in how much health is as much determined by the society that we live in as it is by biology and medicines. After spending time involved in some student global health organisations, I decided to take the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases at the School as an intercalated year between my fourth and fifth years of study.

It was sincerely the best academic decision I have ever made. The diversity of interests and international opportunities at the School made the course very exciting, and I spent the year with peers from diverse backgrounds – a welcome change from the latter years of medical school. I had the choice of dozens of modules covering a massive range of health-related subjects, which meant the year group had such a broad range of experiences at the School. I undertook my research project in Peru, which allowed me to put into practice the skills that I learned throughout the year, and create future opportunities in Lima. I have made friends that will last for many years from all over the world, and I cannot recommend the course more highly.

Olivia Varsaneux

4380.jpg My year at the School has been beyond my expectations due to the number of skills I have learnt, the welcoming and diverse people I have met, and opportunities that are open to me.

The course offered me the perfect balance of public health and epidemiology allowing me to enrich my background in microbiology.

As I am entering the work force I have begun to realize the power of the School’s alumni network and how its numerous members can be influential when applying for jobs and helpful for learning about new and exciting opportunities.

Deborah Nakiboneka-Ssenabulya

4381.jpg What I have achieved in my course greatly exceeded my expectations. My class had students from all over the world with different backgrounds and I found their experiences very exciting and enriching. Sharing knowledge during class discussions was like visiting many countries and meeting people without moving out of Britain. I enjoyed very much the variety of social activities organised by the students’ representatives especially the films, charity events and the recipe book. On any particular day, there was always something for everyone to join and enjoy.

Lauren de la Parte

4382.jpg I have a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Spanish from Vanderbilt University. I chose to attend the School because this program offers a practical and intensive approach that teaches us how to positively impact healthcare around the world.

I specifically chose the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases because this course offers classes that allow me to learn the foundations of statistics and epidemiology while also getting a picture of public health issues facing infectious disease control around the world.

I have most enjoyed the international body because I have been able to cultivate a global perspective and learn first hand about health worldwide. The global environment cultivated by the School has allowed me to learn from my colleagues just as much as I have learned in the classroom.

I’m currently pursing a summer project in Burkina Faso studying malaria infection in children after having studied the biological processes of Anopheles gambiae, a prominent malaria vector, during my undergraduate career. This degree has helped me transition from biological vector analyses to fieldwork and community-based studies, providing me with guidance and a foundation for my future.

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