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About the course

The programme

This programme equips students with skills needed to appreciate and analyse the state of public health in low- and middle-income countries and to design and evaluate actions to address public health concerns. We consider public health and the provision of health services from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Students on the MSc Public Health for Development have substantial experience of planning or implementing public health programmes, of teaching or public-health-related research and wish to hone their critical professional skills. They have been based in low- or middle-income countries for two years or more, engaged in public health efforts in a range of contexts which may include Ministries of Health or NGOs in stable states, conflict areas or humanitarian relief. We

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Entry Requirements

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following:
- a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed
- a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies

 Course Content

Where is London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Student Profile(s)

Israel Balogun

I am a physically challenged medical doctor from Nigeria and the first Chevening scholar with a disability from my country. I was attracted to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine because of the impact of its work globally, the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) and the recommendation from Professor Sally Hartley, an Emeritus Professor of the School.

One of the most exciting things about the School is the level of intellectual exposure and support that I received from leading experts in the various fields of public health. I remember the honour of being taught and listening to the likes of Professor Oona Campbell, Brian Greenwood, Allen Foster and our Director, Professor Peter Piot; it was an amazing feat for me.

I also enjoyed the opportunity of meeting students from all over the world; sharing ideas; making friends; learning best practices and solving problems at various forums; and networking together. This level of exposure is what I craved when I came to the School.
What I have learnt during the disability and health module is of tremendous value to me. I thought I knew something about disability until I was taken through the rudiments of research and teachings at the ICED led by Professor Allen Foster and Dr Hannah Kuper. For me, I am fulfilled in my quest for knowledge, my research skills, attitude towards work, team spirit and intellectual engagement have been further developed towards understanding global issues in the field of disability and rehabilitation. I hope to pursue a PhD programme in the nearest future with emphasis on universal access of health services for persons with disabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Annette Imohe

I am a medical doctor from Nigeria with some experience working in implementing HIV projects in my country. My decision to study at the School was based on the reputation of the School as a world-class leader the field of public health. Choosing Public Health in Developing Countries was an easy choice for me as I live and work in a developing country so the choice of a course specifically tailored to meet my interests was great. My time at the school has been amazing with new things to learn every step of the way. I particularly loved the opportunity of peer-to-peer learning afforded by the school as the students have such a diverse wealth of experience. The support from the staff was also very helpful as at every point in time there is always someone to guide you on the right track. The degree has helped me identify how I can fill the gaps in public health programs in my country with the hope of improving health.

Dawn Taylor

After a decade of working as a water and sanitation engineer in the field, with Medécins Sans Frontières, the prospect of studying at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was both exciting and daunting. But from the very start, the warm and welcoming environment put me at ease. The inspiration and encouragement from staff and my fellow MSc Public Health in Developing Countries students has resulted in one of my most enjoyable and rewarding learning experiences. The expertise at the School is within easy reach not only in taught modules but also through the eminent speakers at the array of extra-curricular lectures and events. This year has certainly broadened my global health horizons and I look forward to exploring new ones – as a researcher!

Tamuno-Wari Numbere

Having worked as a medical doctor in a primary health care setting for a few years, I realised that I needed essential skills to tackle various public health issues. The School has given me the opportunity to learn and acquire these skills in a multicultural and friendly environment, gain from the wealth of experiences of my colleagues and develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of public health with the help of my tutors. I can confidently say that I have had the experience of a lifetime!

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