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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.
The normal minimum entry requirements for the MSc Public Health are:
- an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
- work experience: preference will be given to applicants with relevant work experience, this includes both paid and voluntary work, internships etc.
- additional requirement: applicants for the MSc Public Health (all streams) will need to provide some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education.
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.
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!
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.
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