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This stream provides multidisciplinary training in the advanced methods necessary to undertake epidemiological research on the relationships between health and the environment. Students will develop an understanding of the social, economic and political contexts which underlie the establishment of priorities and the selection and evaluation of policy responses.

Graduates enter careers in epidemiology, health risk assessment, consultancy or policy development as applied to environment and global health.

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This course is accredited by the Agency for Accreditation of Public Health Education in the European Region (APHEA) which is the accreditation body of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

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By the end of this stream students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real health problems. In addition, they should be able to:

- describe the principal concerns in environment and health (pollution of air, water, and land; the urban environment; sustainable development; risk perceptions)

- interpret and evaluate risk assessments and risk management strategies as applied to environment and health concerns

- show a theoretical and practical understanding of the design and analysis of studies in environmental epidemiology

- analyse the political and social contexts in which an environment and health policy is made, the factors that lead to policy change, and in particular, the role that research plays in policy change

- show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence in relation to environment and health issues


Term 1:

Students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:

Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy

Basic Epidemiology

Introduction for Health Economics

Principles of Social Research

In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Environment, Health & Sustainable Development. The remaining module can be selected from:

Health Policy, Process & Power

Health Promotion Theory

Health Services

Issues in Public Health

Terms 2 and 3:

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

*Recommended modules

- Slot 1:

Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries*

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco*

Economic Evaluation*

Epidemiology & Control of Malaria*

Health Care Evaluation*

Health Promotion Approaches and Methods*

Research Design & Analysis*

Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal*

- Slot 2:

Conflict and Health*

Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*

Health Systems*

History & Health*

Population, Poverty and Environment*

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*

Qualitative Methodologies

- Slot 3:

Applied Communicable Disease Control*

Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health*

Economic Analysis for Health Policy*

Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases*

Medical Anthropology and Public Health*

Social Epidemiology*

Tropical Environmental Health*

Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health

- Slot 4:

Environmental Epidemiology (compulsory)

- Slot 5:

Environmental Health Policy (compulsory)

By arrangement, students may be able to substitute specified Distance Learning modules for up to two modules in certain timetable slots. Any such substitutions will need to be discussed with the Course Directors. Full details are contained in the MSc Course Handbook.

Further details for the course modules -

Project Report:

Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.

Find out how to apply here -

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






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