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About the MSc Programme

The MSc Health and International Development programme explores the key issues and inter-relationships that exist between public health, global politics, and international development.

Improving global health is an essential component of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by UN member states in 2015 to frame their policies over the next decade. Many of the challenges faced by international development policy makers are related to public health issues, and this programme will provide you with the skills needed to address and overcome these challenges.

The programme will help you to understand the complex relationships between health and poverty/inequality in and across low and middle income countries. You will also evaluate multi-disciplinary evidence on a range of global health issues and interventions and apply this evidence to policy analysis. The experience you gain from this programme will enable you to understand how health, poverty and inequality interact. 

The MSc is flexible and enables you to shape your studies to your own needs and interests. Optional courses include: Poverty; African Development; Migration; Economic Development; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Gender and Social Change in the Global South, Complex Emergencies, Managing Humanitarianism, Information Communication Technologies. The programme includes an opportunity to do a Consultancy Project, and there are optional extra-curricular activities on the programme, this includes: a trip to Geneva to meet with international organisations working in the field of health, and a UK-based weekend residential programme focused on health and humanitarianism.

This programme is offered by the Department of International Development. It promotes an interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and, economic development and change. The Department's staff have considerable experience in living and working in the developing world and most have engaged in policy-relevant research and consultancy work with international development agencies or non-governmental organisations.

Graduate Destinations

Students in the Department come from a wide range of international and professional backgrounds. Graduates from the Department of International Development go on to work for a wide range of employers including NGOs, INGOs, government, the private sector and research institutions.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme


Visit the MSc Health and International Development page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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