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Global Health Policy (Distance Learning) (MSc)

Course Description

These courses provide students with an in-depth understanding of the planning and delivery of policy responses to global health concerns and issues. They focus on approaches to effective policy-making which contributes to the protection and promotion of population health in a globalising world, at both national and transnational levels.

These are the world's first Master's level courses on global health policy by distance learning. They are aimed at students and professionals from both health and non-health backgrounds who seek to understand more about the policy environment associated with issues of global health. They will be of value especially to those seeking to assume positions related to issues of global health policy in national, regional or global health organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental organisations and private consultancies.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/sites/default/files/progspec-globalhealthpolicy.pdf)
- Distance Learning prospectus (pdf) (http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/sites/default/files/prospectus/lshtm-prospectus.pdf)

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/pg_ghp.html

English Language Requirements

You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed, within the past three years:

- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English when a minimum overall score of B or 190 is achieved;

- (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 7.0 in the Written sub-test and a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking; or

- Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 68 or above, with a minimum of 68 in Writing and a minimum of 59 in Listening, Reading and Speaking

- (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 100 or above with at least 24 in Writing, 23 in Speaking, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening

Course objectives

Students will develop:

- a solid grounding in various theories and practices concerned with global health policy

- an understanding of the emerging institutional structures and governance mechanisms to address global health issues

- a good appreciation of relevant health policy research methods, such as comparative analysis and cross country learning

- an ability to apply these analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges posed by global health issues

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).

Modules EPM3, IDM2, IDM3, IDM5 and PHM2 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/pg_ghp.html#seventh

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

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Stefan Werner Weber

I have been working in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years, currently directing the area of Payment Policy in Novartis International AG. I always felt that I was only half the leader I wanted to be because I was lacking a solid understanding of those factors that shape global health and the environment in which pharmaceutical companies operate in. In my job I travel a lot and having 2 daughters at home, I was looking for a flexible study schedule. The School was the only top school that offered a distance learning Master’s which addressed my needs. I embarked on the MSc Global Health Policy in 2014.

Studying at the School – although by distance learning – is much more engaging than when I studied business administration at university 10 years ago. Today we have videos, podcasts and most importantly very well-moderated, high-quality discussions among students and School staff through the online forum. My study colleagues come from all over the world – they are surgeons, general practitioners, public health managers and work with government, NGOs, private companies or academia. The conversations with my peers have provided many invaluable real-life examples and viewpoints, allowing for a richer and deeper engagement with the topics studied.

(Student Profile)

Sandra Roelofs

4396.jpg The ingredients for the “cake I am baking” at the School are a vivid interest in other cultures and languages (being a linguist by education), a strong humanitarian drive (running my own charity foundation) and a 10-year exposure to high level health advocacy and nation-wide health projects management (as a first lady of Georgia between 2004-2013).

The necessary basic medical knowledge and skills that I felt I lacked made me get a nursing degree and practice for several years in Georgian hospitals. Still, I felt I needed a more evidence-based approach to health policy and that it was definitely not enough to understand the human body, to want to do good and to more or less know about the health system of one country. Academic advancement was the right answer to fill the gap.

The School is a renowned educational institution and many persons I respect had recommended it to me. I knew Peter Piot from the HIV/AIDS scene in which I was involved through my work with the Global Fund. The choice of the School turned out really perfect for me: from 2012 I am studying almost daily (at a pace of three modules a year) and I even had the chance to do 2 modules in-house in London earlier this year (‘health systems’ and ‘medical anthropology). I would really recommend distance learning students to take that chance when it is offered to them: it is so encouraging and stimulating to be at University, meet professors, make new friends from all over the world with similar interests, attend lectures and seminars (also after-hours) and use the rich library and computer classes offered. I especially encourage people like me (in my forties) with a lot of practice and a wish to change career, to apply to one of the many (constantly updated) distance learning courses that the School has to offer. You will definitely find what you are looking for.

(Student Profile)

Ola Dunin-Bell

4397.jpg As a Canadian surgeon I first became interested in global health policy after working in a high altitude clinic in the Nepal Himalaya. Since then, my humanitarian work in developing countries helped me realize how, in our globalized world, health decisions made in one jurisdiction affect people living far beyond their borders. My interest in development of health policy decisions prompted me to study Global Health Policy. The School has an outstanding reputation throughout the world as a leader in international health, and the University of London Distance Learning Program has given me the flexibility to study from anywhere in the world, allowing me to continue to work and travel while completing my degree. My studies with the School have led me to a better understanding of the challenges in global health today and the MSc will help me participate more effectively in humanitarian aid planning.


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a subject appropriate to the course, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London and a minimum of one year relevant work experience.

Last Updated

17 February 2017

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