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  Master of Public Health (International)


Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine    Masters Programmes

Full time September MSc 1 year full time
Nursing & Health (27) Politics & Government (30) Social Work (32)

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Are you passionate about improving public health on a global scale? Then the Master of Public Health (International) programme is perfect for you! This dynamic programme covers a wide range of contemporary issues in international public health, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference in local, national, or international settings. Whether you're a health professional or a graduate in a related discipline, this programme welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds. With modules in epidemiology, research methods, and social science, you'll develop key transferable skills and have the opportunity to undertake a research project. Join us and become a leader in public health!

About the course

3 good reasons to study

  1. The Programme covers a wide breadth of contemporary issues in international public health and explores approaches to reducing health inequities by enhancing policy and practice based upon sound, evidence-based principles.
  2. The new Master of Public Health programme will provide you with the knowledge and professional skills you need to take a leadership role and further develop your public health career in a wide range of local, national, or international settings. You will mix with and learn from staff who have vast experience and have worked in international public health for many years. You will develop your individual research skills, by undertaking a project in an area of public health of interest to you, guided and mentored by one of our key experts
  3. This new MPH Programme is for those who want to make a difference, tackle some of the most important public health issues of the day and have a lasting impact on the health of the populations they work with.

Programme Overview

This programme prepares students for leadership and equips them to assume an active role in and responsibilities for improving population health in a range of settings. It covers a wide breadth of contemporary issues in international public health and explores approaches to reducing health inequities by enhancing policy and practice based upon sound, evidence-based principles. The programme gives graduates key transferable knowledge and skills in epidemiology, research methods and social science. Following the taught component, students complete a research dissertation project either overseas or locally and could be desk based or field work. The programme is underpinned by LSTM’s mission to reduce the burden of sickness and mortality in disease endemic countries through the delivery of effective interventions which improve human health and are relevant to the poorest communities. The programme has been developed around a series of Public Health competencies derived from the international reference points (see programme spec attached). The Programme has been mapped to these competencies.

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Entry Requirements

Open to health professionals and graduates in health or related disciplines. In addition, candidates with qualifications such as law, psychology, education, social work/care, finance, business management, engineering, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, history, architecture and politics/international relations are welcome, particularly if they have relevant health related experience. Non-graduates with considerable work experience in the health sector of low or middle-income countries and evidence of continued academic development through appropriate in-service training will also be considered. Medical students who have completed at least three years of study and wish to intercalate are also accepted onto the programme.


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Dr Lalith Wijedoru

I had one of the best years of my life doing the MSc. I met some amazing and passionate colleagues, and some inspirational and experienced teachers. Some of the LSTM staff have continued on to be a mentor to me in my research over half a decade later so these connections cannot be underestimated. Neither can the friendships of my colleagues. The best thing about the MSc was the overseas research project. I really cannot stress how actually doing the whole process from concept, to ethics, to designing consent forms and executing and analysing things was just brilliant. I am forever grateful for the opportunity.

Dr David Barr

Why LSTM? the reputation of the institution and the calibre of the people who are on the faculty here and I know from lots of people who I've met through my work in Infectious Diseases that LSTM's got a great reputation for teaching. (Dr David Barr, student 2015.

Julia Fedec

Julia says, “from the moment I entered the classroom to the end of my time in Liverpool, networking and studying with likeminded classmates and being mesmerized by the passion of our many professors, I knew I had found my place in Medicine and wanted to pursue more studies along the vein of tropical nursing and humanitarian management.”

Julia has gone on to have an exciting, global career in nursing. After graduating, she returned to Canada for a period where she taught part time at Cambrian College, before she went on to pursue her interest in global health. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Julia was Hospital Nurse Manager with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) for a team of 6 Nurse Supervisors and 120 nurses at Mweso General Reference Hospital in North Kivu. Nursing work there involved a host of challenging issues, including programs to manage malnutrition, Cholera and HIV. Continuing to work with MSF, Julia then went on to a position as Head Nurse at POC Hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan - a hospital in a refugee camp with a population that has passed 130,000 people. There, Julia managed an even larger team of post expatriate and national nursing staff in addressing the urgent medical needs of the camp’s residents. Describing her work there, Julia said, “We had a very small operation theatre and a surgical ward and an HIV/TB program, along with internal medicine for the adult population, but everything was pretty much bare basics, as much as it sounds developed. We were working in canvas tents for the longest time and they have just recently started putting up semi-permanent structures.”

Studying at LSTM and living in Liverpool was truly some of my favourite months of my adult and professional life. I woke up every morning excited to go to class, to learn something new, to be inspired by professors and medical professionals that I aspire to be some day. I was challenged on a daily basis and stimulated to continuously learn and grow as an individual and part of a team. The professors exude nothing but passion about the work they do and the topics they research. The best part is that they also wanted to encourage you to follow what you were passionate about and include you in their world of tropical medicine.

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