Tropical Medicine & International Health (MSc)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine    Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Medicine (26) Nursing & Health (27)

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Embark on a transformative journey with the MSc in Tropical Medicine & International Health. This programme is meticulously crafted to equip physicians with the expertise needed to combat traditional and emerging global health challenges. Delve into the intricacies of diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases prevalent in tropical and developing regions. Enhance your skills in diagnostic parasitology, microbiology, and epidemiology while honing your ability to communicate medical principles effectively. The programme's flexible structure allows you to tailor your learning experience, choosing from a diverse range of modules such as conflict and health, water and sanitation, and epidemiological methods. By fostering a vibrant global community, you'll have the opportunity to engage with renowned figures in global health, building invaluable professional networks. Ideal for medical professionals seeking to make a tangible impact on global health, this programme requires applicants to hold a medical degree and at least two years of clinical experience. Join us in shaping the future of international health and medicine.

About the course

There are continuing threats to human health encompassing not only traditional tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever, but also the challenges thrown up by emerging diseases with pandemic potential, the practice of medicine in conflict and humanitarian settings and antimicrobial resistance.

We’ve designed this course to support physicians who focus on the practice of tropical medicine and international health in today’s world. You’ll examine the issues faced in practicing medicine in areas of conflict where resources are limited and explore the evidence base of tropical medicine and international health. We’ll also help you develop your decision-making and research skills, confidence, and competence so you can make a significant impact on global health.

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Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted to the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health, an applicant must have a degree in medicine and be a registered medical practitioner. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least two years of experience working in clinical medicine (in any country) with recent professional experience in a relevant discipline.

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Student Profiles

Charles Kalumuna

My interest in tropical medicine and public health began during my undergraduate study, at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, when we were exposed to the concepts of community health and primary health care. Coming to study at LSHTM has been very inspirational. Coming from Uganda I thought I knew all there was to know about Malaria until I met Prof Curtis, Prof Chris Witty and my classmates! In addition to the MSc, I was also able to gain the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and only had to pay for the exam which was a pure bonus! Given the opportunity I would like to do my PHD at the school.

Claudia Donkor

The School is renowned as one of the best in the world for research and public health. It offered the unique MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health, which I was interested in, so applying to the school was quite an easy decision to make. An opportunity to study in iconic London was a bonus.

Both administrative and teaching staff have been wonderful! They offered guidance in challenging times, such as during the summer project. There were several courses in IT, Maths, English, career and other areas that were open to everyone interested. They were very beneficial.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being in London because it is a city with rich history, many free museums and countless events! I also enjoyed going to various beautiful parks and gardens, particularly Regent’s Park, which is my favourite. I have been able to tick off some items on my bucket list during my study, such as attending an Andrea Bocelli concert, seeing the Queen in real time (twice!) and meeting Hugh Masekela.

Datonye Briggs

My experience at the School was mind blowing and the course was the wisest choice I made as a clinician with interest in research. It is well crafted and robust to encompass all aspects of tropical medicine with research skills fit for a medic both in developing and developed countries.

In such a little time, it has instilled in me, the wits, confidence and satisfaction to make evidence-based decisions.

I can boldly say I am well prepared to take on higher career pursuits with confidence and make unbiased therapeutic action plans towards my patients and ultimately the community at large.”

Andrew Rosser

Studying at the School has been the fulfilment of a long-standing ambition for me. What appeals to me most about the Tropical Medicine and International Health course is that it is highly flexible, allowing me to personalise it so that I can explore my own interests in diverse subjects such as refugee medicine, history of medicine and tropical parasitology. I am looking forward to travelling to remote parts of the world to conduct my research project and to improve my Spanish language skills.

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