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Public Health (Distance Learning) (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)


London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Full time & Part time September MSc, PgDip, PgCert 2-5 years (PGCert: 1-5 years)

About the course

These courses provide students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the improved health of populations and particular groups within them through the promotion of health and prevention of diseases; the development and evaluation of care practices; and the investigation and control of environmental threats to health. Students are instructed in the development, use and critical evaluation of conceptual models, evidence, methods of analysis, and practical interventions.

These programmes provide students with the knowledge and skills to address diverse public health issues in low, middle and high income settings. The varied curriculum allows students to opt for a broad range of knowledge or to concentrate on specialised areas. The programme offers four alternative streams; the

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Entry Requirements

All applicants are required to have:

a minimum of one year's relevant work experience; and
a first or second class honours degree or the equivalent, in a subject appropriate to the course, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London.

Qualifications from around the world are accepted; for further guidance please see the School's qualifications for entrance. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.


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Student Profile(s)

Jingwen Xie

4351.jpg The distance learning programme at the School fulfils my needs, as I cannot commit to full-time on-campus study.


Nkhafwire Mkandawire

4400.jpg There are a number of Public Health challenges in my country. To deal with those problems you need well-trained people to address such issues. The MSc distance learning programme allows you to study and work at the same time. That gives you an opportunity to apply what you are learning directly to your work. At the moment I’m working in Malawi, but I also want to work in South Africa and other countries. Having the Master’s degree has given me an advantage – I’m able to compete globally for these positions.


Alison Maassen

4401.jpg I selected the School’s distance learning programme for my Master’s degree as it offered me the flexibility to continue developing my career while also gaining academic knowledge from a prestigious institution. I completed the programme over four years across three continents, often with limited access to the internet – few other academic programmes are that adaptable!

My degree has given me valuable skills in such varied fields as economic analysis, immunology, health services management, and epidemiology, all while allowing me to gain practical project management experience in my full-time job. I apply knowledge gained through my degree to my daily work.


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