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This programme aims to develop critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing and to enable students to devise appropriate health policy responses. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. This is a joint programme provided by LSHTM and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). The course provides training relevant to countries at all levels of development, although participants are able to specialise.
Graduates enter careers in global health and national health policy and planning, research, advisory or advocacy roles in governments and international agencies. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.
Duration: one year year full-time or half-time over two years. Ways to study explained.
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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
- 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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Following my graduation from University of Port-Harcourt Nigeria, and a specialist training as a public health physician, I got involved in health policy and systems research through the Health Policy Research Group, College of medicine, University of Nigeria. The nature of the research and its usefulness in informing public health related policy stirred up my desire to acquire knowledge and skill in health economics and health policy analysis.
The MSc health policy, planning and financing programme offered by the LSHTM was recommended to me as an avenue to acquire such knowledge. Going through information provided on its website, the school offered to provide knowledge regarding health policy and systems from a wide range of international perspectives.
To say that my expectations were met in the LSHTM would be an understatement. From the first contact with the school, it feels like a cruise through a supportive atmosphere until one gets to the end the programme. First, explicit communication of procedures received from the registry after my application was received by the registry made me feel valued. Then the reception in the first week set the perfect stage for learning and the modules were patterned to make one learn and apply the knowledge within each term. Moreover, the experienced staff that had been exposed to research and learning all over the world including developing countries, provided individual and group support in simple unassuming but extraordinarily useful ways that took one smoothly but surely to the term deadlines and the ultimate end of the sail.
The history of excellence in the school revealed in its archives certainly hasn’t diminished. That excellence gets transmitted to the students and I gladly recommend the school as the first three options for anyone interested in health policy and systems knowledge and research.
I learnt lots of research skills while engaged in a programme led by the School last year, and was impressed by the quality of research done by the School. Also, my country had proposed a new health reform which aims to build a comprehensive primary health care system to achieve universal health coverage. Therefore, I made up my mind to further my study in health policy and to perform creative work in reforming China’s existing health system.
The course is delivered jointly by the School and LSE. The School is a world-renowned public health school, while LSE has a very good reputation in the area of ‘policy’ studies. One of the most exciting things has been putting knowledge into practice immediately after studying each module. By using the knowledge we learn, students are able to propose national reforms, to change national health policies and to evaluate health interventions. Moreover, due to the diversity of students’ backgrounds, we can always learn new ideas from each other during seminar discussions.
I graduated from the School of Nursing, University of Nairobi in 2010 and University of Washington in 2013. After working as a research officer at the University Of Nairobi Institute Of Tropical Medicine, I felt the need to boost my skills in health economics and policy. The Commonwealth Scholarship made my study possible. What struck me most at the School was the diversity of students and lecturers, drawn from practically every part of the world and all sorts of academic and professional backgrounds; the best brains in the world. As the months elapsed, I realized that the MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing was an idyllic choice. The School and the London School of Economics (LSE) taught me to look at issues from different perspectives and think out of the box. My instructors, classmates and friends were a force to reckon with and they made my stay worthwhile. Lectures, practical lessons and seminars were well structured. I had an opportune time to interact with friends at school, class parties, and bashes. It was a humbling and a life changing experience. I am looking forward to being a global health economics and policy consultant and then later engage in my country’s leadership/politics.
I heard about the School after reading Elizabeth Pisani’s ‘The Wisdom of Whores’. Inspired by her transition from journalist to public health, I too decided to change careers into global health. With its phenomenal teaching and support staff, the School quickly helped me settle in and start learning. My friends and I could frequently be found discussing how fat taxes can be justified or if a Markov would be most appropriate for a particular disease intervention model. My colleagues hailed from all over and learning from those with real-life experience in global health really brought my studies alive.
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