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Public Health (Health Services Research 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

About the course

We have taken guidance from our leading COVID-19 researchers on how the future of the pandemic may unfold, and with the safety and wellbeing of our students being our top priority, we have taken the following decisions:

Term 1: Teaching will be delivered wholly online.

As a School, we have a strong track record in delivering education at distance. Learning outcomes will be delivered through a combination of live lectures and seminars, scheduled to take students in different time zones into account, and will continue to provide access to the same resources and expertise as on campus.

Terms 2 and 3: Teaching will be delivered on campus and online.

This will mean that if you are unable or concerned about coming to London, you can continue and complete your degree at a distance. Alternatively, if

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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)

Kathryn Duckett

141.gif While undertaking a Masters in Medical Anthropology at UCL (University College London) I became aware of work at LSHTM which was directly related to my research dissertation topic at that time. I had already been considering continuing my work in the field as a PhD and following discussion it became clear that LSHTM would be an ideal environment for me to study given their expertise in the area.

It was recommended that I should apply for ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) funding and the particular funding option available to me given my previous qualifications was a 1+3 year package. This involved completing a one year MSc course in Public Health Services Research at LSHTM, the benefit of which would be to improve my research skills followed by three years in which to complete the PhD.

Having been fortunate enough to receive this funding, and now at the end of the MSc I am looking forward to progressing on to the PhD programme and feel the MSc course exposed me to a wide range of research topics and broadened my skill base all of which will be extremely valuable in the years ahead.


Kate van Brunt

4360.jpg After university, I took a job as a Research Assistant with a pharmaceutical research consulting company, working on the development and validation of patient-reported outcome questionnaires for use in clinical trials and other health outcomes/health economics research projects. I moved to London in 2010 and into my current role in 2011, working for a pharmaceutical company in health outcomes/health economics to support market access and reimbursement for diabetes therapies.

I chose to do a part-time MSc at the School because of the School’s renowned reputation, and because it was recommended by a number of colleagues in my industry who completed their Master’s degrees and/or PhD’s at the School. The MSc Public Health programme appealed to me because it covers many of the skills/disciplines I need for my job e.g. epidemiology, health economics, statistics, study design & critical appraisal. The course is structured such that the modules, lectures, practicals, and assessments not only teach the necessary content and information, but also force you to think critically and apply the information learned to solve real public health problems. In my current role, I will continue to use many of the analytical and critical appraisal skills that I learned while on this course.


Sanil Joseph

4408.jpg I chose the School because of its global reputation as an excellent Public Health institution. The School’s international student community provides a great exposure and an opportunity for cross learning. The 1-year MSc programme is highly suitable for full time employees like me who need to take time off their job to undergo the training. My specialization is in Health Services Research and the training at the School has been really helpful in improving my competence as a researcher and developing the health services research division in my organization.


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