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
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Are you passionate about making a difference in public health? Look no further than the MSc in Public Health (Health Services Research stream) at LSHTM. This one-year programme is designed for those who aspire to a career in health services research, whether in high-, middle-, or low-income countries. Gain in-depth knowledge of scientific methods and fields of study relevant to health services research, including statistics, epidemiology, health economics, and social research. With a strong emphasis on applying knowledge to real health problems, you'll develop the skills to critically evaluate research evidence and contribute to policy and practice. Join our global community of students from over 155 countries and benefit from our world-leading research and prestigious postgraduate study programmes. Entry requirements include an upper second class honours degree or equivalent, along with relevant work experience. Take the first step towards a rewarding career in public health with LSHTM.

About the course

The stream

This stream draws on a wide range of disciplines that enable students to develop knowledge, understanding and capability in various scientific methods and fields of study relevant to health services research. It is aimed at those who plan a career in this field from high-, middle- and low-income countries.

Graduates from this stream go on to pursue careers in research (including further study at doctoral levels) and in health services, government ministries and non-governmental organisations. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

Duration: one year full-time; half-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.

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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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Where is London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


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Student Profiles

Kathryn Duckett

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

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

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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