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The programme investigates current approaches to humanitarian health programme management and identifies and develops models of good practice. It is a multidisciplinary programme designed to meet the growing requirement for professional management training in humanitarian aid to meet the needs of development organisations managing increasingly complex and costly programmes. Opportunities for in-depth study include regional and country case studies and a choice of modules addressing specific aspects of humanitarian interventions. In addition, the programme offers participants an opportunity to develop and undertake a research project, usually overseas, in an area of special interest indicated by client non-governmental organisations, international organisations or national ministries.


LSTM education courses are taught within a dynamic environment by staff working at the cutting-edge of research in tropical medicine and global health. They are designed to enable the professional development of the student, to be relevant to students from both the UK and overseas and to promote approaches to study that will enable students to continue their learning into the future. 

This course aims to: 

Explain the political and economic determinants of health and well-being in humanitarian emergencies and review critically the evolution of and current debate on approaches to sustainable development.

Provide participants with the practical skills and confidence required to manage the financial aspects of humanitarian programmes, to maximise their efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.

Provide an interdisciplinary forum in which participants from a variety of professional backgrounds (e.g. health, political and social sciences, engineering, agriculture, development, international humanitarian law, human rights, administration and media) can review critically and debate key issues of mutual interest.

Give participants an opportunity to conduct an independent in-depth research study of a specialist aspect of humanitarian interventions in the field.

Produce graduates who are experienced, committed, informed, proactive and effective professionals, capable of taking substantial and leading professional roles in managing humanitarian interventions.

Facilitate high quality learning that is informed by critical analysis of current research.

Develop independent and reflective approaches to study that will enable graduates to continue to learn in the future.


The skills, knowledge, and understanding of humanitarian issues gained during the programme, equip graduates to practice at a senior level in organisations involved in the prevention of, and response to, humanitarian crises. Past students have gone on to take a wide variety of positions, including Head of Policy and Strategy for MSF (Doctors without Borders), through to country director roles, with project placements all over the world. Many have also gone into other fields such as the public sector in the UK, social enterprises, law, social work, Political Advisor in the British Parliament, and so on.

Visit the Humanitarian Health Programme Management - MSc page on the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine website for more details!




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