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Public Health (Health Economics stream) (MSc)

Course Description

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.

The stream is aimed at anyone - with or without any previous training in economics - who is interested in working as a health economist in an academic or professional capacity across high-, middle- and low-income countries.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/edu/qualityassurance/ph_he_progspec.pdf)

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).

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msphhe.html


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, students will be able to:

- demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods of economic evaluation

- demonstrate advanced knowledge of health economic methods applied to health policy or decision analysis

- identify, assess and critically synthesise relevant evidence from health economic research literature

- select and apply appropriate, ethical and feasible study designs to answer questions in health care and health economic research

- show competence, both written and verbal, in communicating research evidence


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

Students also take two additional modules, selected from the following:

Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
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:
Economic Analysis for Health Policy (compulsory)

- Slot 2:
Analytical Models for Decision Making*
Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
Health Systems*
Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*

- Slot 3:
Economic Evaluation (compulsory)

- Slot 4:
Reviewing the Literature (compulsory)

- Slot 5:
Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
Analysing Survey & Population Data
Proposal Development

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 - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/currentstudents/studentinformation/msc_module_handbook/section2_coursedescriptions/tphe_2.html

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

Intercalating this course

Undergraduate medical students can take a year out either to pursue related studies or work. The School welcomes applications from medical students wishing to intercalate after their third year of study from any recognised university in the world.

Why intercalate with us?:
Reputation: The School has an outstanding international reputation in public health & tropical medicine and is at the forefront of global health research. It is highly rated in a number of world rankings including:

- World’s leading research-focused graduate school (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2013)
- Third in the world for social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking, 2014)
- Second in UK for research impact (Research Exercise Framework 2014)
- Top in Europe for impact (Leiden Ranking, 2015)

Highly recognised qualification: possessing a Master's from the School will give you a focused understanding of health and disease, broaden your career prospects and allow you to be immersed in research in a field of your choice.

Valuable skills: you will undertake an independent research project (summer project) in your chosen topic, equipping you with research skills that will distinguish you in a clinical environment. While your medical qualification will give you a breadth of knowledge; undertaking an intercalated degree will allow you to explore your main area of interest in greater depth.

Alumni network: the School has a strong international and diverse alumni community, with more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries.

MSc vs. BSc: undertaking an MSc is an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge in your chosen topic and enhance your skills in scientific research. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly sought after by clinicians and possessing a Masters qualification can assist you in your future career progression.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msphhe.html#sixth

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

(Student Profile)

Faruk Abu

138.gif The health economics stream of the MSc public health programme has been very exciting. Coming from a medical background and having to learn an entirely new skill set, the task ahead at first seemed very daunting! But the learning resources available to students at LSHTM are truly world class! The carefully planned lectures and seminar discussions made the experience much easier and interesting. Concepts are introduced gently during lectures and further consolidated on at the seminar sessions. Personal tutors are always available and willing to discuss specific issues students had concerning their studies. Students and staff are always willing to share their personal experiences creating a truly stimulating learning environment. In the end, I would say my time here has been a huge learning experience and has rekindled my interest in health services research.

(Student Profile)

Cecilia de Villiers

4350.jpg I graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. I wanted to further my career in public health and contribute to efficient health care at population level through effective health education, promotion and resource planning.

I chose the School because of the health economics stream and the part time option over two years. I was not disappointed and my expectations were by far exceeded! Our lecturers and tutors are world leaders and experts in their fields. The diversity and international experience of lecturers and students is visible through the impressive number of international and national research and publications as well as the valuable and passionate leadership and expert advice during for example the Ebola crisis. I have met exceptional people from all over the world and I am very privileged to be able to learn from them and share experiences during the group practicals and tutorials.

I enjoy the analytical and quantitative modules at the School and I would like to further my career in developing efficient health systems that address the needs of the population. Health systems finance on a global level is a very interesting and challenging field and I would like to be part of a team consulting to governments and local authorities about financing their health systems and making efficient use of scarce resources.

The School will certainly will certainly offer these opportunities and the network connections to start the next step in my career. Bring on year two!

(Student Profile)

Cameron Wright

4358.jpg I chose to apply for Master’s at School while working as a public health project officer for the Mongolian Anti-Tuberculosis Association. I had heard of the School through a friend, who had completed the MSc Public Health in Developing Countries the year before.

Arriving in Mongolia after working as a hospital pharmacist, I quickly realised how much there is to know and that planning public health interventions is a complex undertaking. I wanted to spend some time learning public health’s ‘tools of the trade’ and the chance to learn at a university with a focus on applied-research was attractive to me. I moved to the UK in September 2014 and have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the School.

Studying the health economics stream reinforced many of the issues I had thought about whilst working as a hospital pharmacist. It particularly highlighted the difficulty in achieving a balance between conducting economic evaluations that are methodologically sound, with producing an output that is understandable to health decision makers.

I was also fortunate to become involved in the Student Representative Council as the Vice President for Taught Courses and I would recommend any student to be involved in this committee. Next, I am returning to Australia where I’m sure I’ll be able to put the skills and experience gained during this degree to good use.


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; OR a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies. Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

Last Updated

17 February 2017

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