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The course provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated programme covers epidemiological, dietary, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include: maternal and child nutrition; nutrition in emergencies; nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring; nutrition-related chronic disease. The main programme focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries – although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to populations globally.

The course attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in low and middle income countries. This course is not a dietetic qualification.

Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.

Career Prospects

Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.

Want to read more about our graduate careers and destinations? Take a look at our infographics on our Graduate Careers & Destinations page.

Course Accreditation

The course is accredited by UK Association for Nutrition (, Graduates can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.

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- Intercalating this course (

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Applicants who have worked in nutrition, health or other relevant global nutrition activities will be given preference.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.


By the end of this course students should be able to:

- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of nutrition for global health at biological, social and policy levels

- assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, from anthropometry and information on dietary intake to broader analytical skills

- interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels

- evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies of public health nutrition

- disseminate and present findings of research in a range of formats and contexts

- identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts

- apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals


Term 1:

All students take three compulsory modules:

- Fundamental Public Health Nutrition

- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

- Basic Epidemiology

One additional optional module may also be taken from:

- Principles of Social Research

- Health Promotion Theory

- Health Policy, Process and Power

Term 2:

Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.

*Recommended modules

- Slot 1:

Maternal and Child Nutrition (compulsory)

- Slot 2:

Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*

Family Planning Programmes

History & Health

Qualitative Methodologies

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

- Slot 3:

Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health

Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases

Nutrition in Emergencies

Tropical Environmental Health

- Slot 4:

Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease (compulsory)

- Slot 5:

Advance Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Analysing Survey & Population Data

Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

Nutrition Programme Planning

Principles and Practice of Public Health

Further details for the course modules -

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work, for submission by early September.

Find out how to apply here -

Open Day 2019

At LSHTM, we attract students who have a real passion for what they do, which makes for a stimulating environment in which to study. 

Our open day covers master's degrees, distance learning programmes, short courses as well as introductory talks, tours of the building, and the chance to meet with programme directors and current students.

Come and see what studying at LSHTM is really like. Feb 13th, 1-5pm 2019. Register now:

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






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