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  Public Health (Health Promotion stream) (MSc)

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

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time 31 August 2023

About the course

The stream

This stream provides a sound understanding of the theoretical and empirical basis of health promotion, equipping students with the conceptual and practical skills to design and evaluate health promotion interventions and programmes. Health promotion draws on ideas from sociology, psychology, anthropology, education, epidemiology and other disciplines to understand how the health of populations can be maintained and strengthened.

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Entry Requirements

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.

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Student Profile(s)

Amina Ahmad-Shehu

Studying at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was the realization of a long-held ambition of mine. And I was not disappointed! The quality of the teaching, and the number and diversity of students, staff and courses at the school surpassed all my expectations. One of the greatest things about the school is that this diversity is utilized to enhance the whole learning process, allowing one to come away with an extremely enriching experience

Coming from a medical background, I had a scientific approach to everything, but the course has allowed me to broaden my way of thinking and given me knowledge and tools to further my career in Public Health.

I have had a great time and would ask all those who are thinking about coming to LSHTM to just do it. It’s definitely worth it!

Alysha Ahmed

Prior to starting the course here, I was completed my undergrad at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, majoring in psychology and minoring in the social studies of medicine. I became interested in public health after being introduced to some of the key concepts in a sociology of medicine course. I chose to study it because I am an ardent believer in addressing the impact of structural and population-level factors on health. I enjoy health promotion because of its roots in psychology and sociology. I am interested in health inequalities as well as public science education. I chose the School because it is small and specialized, has an impeccable reputation, and is located in beautiful London! I’ve enjoyed our small and tight-knit community, the plethora of exciting guest lectures, and having the opportunity to split time between theoretical and applied study. I hope to work in programme implementation and management in the future as well as study medicine, both of which I have been well prepared for by choosing the health promotion stream.

Sarah Borg

At the end of 2012 I completed a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at The University of Adelaide. I then worked as a junior doctor in Adelaide until the commencement of this Master’s programme.

I have always been interested in Public Health and this is a topic that was not covered well in my medical degree. In 2012 I commenced an external postgraduate diploma of Public Health and Tropical medicine through James Cook University part time whilst working. I wanted to upgrade to a Master’s degree but wished to do it full time, as I didn’t really enjoy studying externally. I missed the benefits of full time study, like being able to participate in seminar discussions, mixing with colleagues and lecturers, and fully submersing myself in the student experience. The School is one of the best in the world in its field, and the calibre and experience of the lecturers is first class. I also couldn’t say no to the chance to study abroad and live in a new country.

The best thing about studying at the School is the chance to mix with such a worldy and experienced student body, as well as the fantastic lecturers and speakers that we have the opportunity to learn from. For example, earlier this year we had the chance to attend a talk from Dr Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization!

I appreciated the range of different Modules available to us, allowing students to study subjects that they are most interested in. I also appreciated the study support provided to students. Most lectures were accompanied by a practical with only 20 or so students and a tutor to guide you through worked examples and answer questions. This was particularly conducive to my learning style and helped me get the most out of my lectures.

Having such an internationally renowned degree will definitely help me secure internships and a job in my future career. I am not a hundred percent sure what I want to do after this degree, but I am interested in refugee health, global health, health and international policy, human rights, paediatrics, women’s health, sexual health, health promotion, and journalism.

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