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One Health (Infectious Diseases) (MSc)

Course Description

This programme is delivered jointly by the School and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). It addresses a broad range of topics under the One Health paradigm and provides a foundation in the principles of diseases in the context of sociological systems, global health and food safety. Students develop skills related to methodology, transdisciplinary interactions and using a systems approach.

This course is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma

Graduates from this programme will have the knowledge and skills provided by experienced scientists in order to be able to respond rapidly and effectively to outbreaks of disease as well as controlling endemic disease at the interface between humans, animals and the environment.

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/onehealth.html


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

- understand the One Health concept and approach problem solving using a transdisciplinary methodology

- understand the origin, context and drivers of infectious disease at the human, animal and environment interface

- evaluate impacts of multi-host infections on human, animal and ecosystem health and economics directly, or indirectly via food, vectors or the environment

- develop a One Health systems approach to complex disease issues in monitoring, surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and control

- critically review published literature

- design and complete a research project (MSc only)


Term 1:
There is a one-week orientation period that includes an introduction to studying at the School and the Royal Veterinary College, followed by four compulsory modules:

- Foundations of One Health
- Introduction to Disease Agents for One Health
- Infectious Disease Emergence
- Introduction to One Health Epidemiology

Terms 2 and 3:
All students take three compulsory modules:

- One Health Economics
- One Health Skills
- Medical Anthropology and Public Health

In addition, students choose a fourth module from the following:

- Vector Biology and Vector-Parastite Interactions
- Environmental Epidemiology
- Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
- Globalisation and Health

Project report (MSc only):
During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project on a topic in one health, for submission by early September.

Assessment takes place by eight end-of-module examinations, in-course assignments and by project report and an oral examination.

Intercalating this course

Undergraduate medical students can take a year out either to pursue related studies or work. The School welcomes applications from medical students wishing to intercalate after their third year of study from any recognised university in the world.

Why intercalate with us?:
Reputation: The School has an outstanding international reputation in public health & tropical medicine and is at the forefront of global health research. It is highly rated in a number of world rankings including:

- World’s leading research-focused graduate school (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2013)
- Third in the world for social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking, 2014)
- Second in UK for research impact (Research Exercise Framework 2014)
- Top in Europe for impact (Leiden Ranking, 2015)

Highly recognised qualification: possessing a Master's from the School will give you a focused understanding of health and disease, broaden your career prospects and allow you to be immersed in research in a field of your choice.

Valuable skills: you will undertake an independent research project (summer project) in your chosen topic, equipping you with research skills that will distinguish you in a clinical environment. While your medical qualification will give you a breadth of knowledge; undertaking an intercalated degree will allow you to explore your main area of interest in greater depth.

Alumni network: the School has a strong international and diverse alumni community, with more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries.

MSc vs. BSc: undertaking an MSc is an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge in your chosen topic and enhance your skills in scientific research. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly sought after by clinicians and possessing a Masters qualification can assist you in your future career progression.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/onehealth.html#sixth

Visit the One Health (Infectious Diseases) (MSc) page on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kevin Queenan

4349.jpg After 20 odd years in clinical veterinary practice, I was looking for a change in direction, something that would bring more meaning to my life and address a much needed shift in the Work: Life balance. The One Health concept had drawn my attention over the previous year and when I saw the inaugural MSc One Health degree offered jointly by the prestigious London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) I took the plunge.

The course covered a wide range of disciplines beyond emerging infectious diseases, from epidemiology to anthropology, and has been delivered by those at the top of their game. The international flavour of my fellow students added value to group discussions and truly reflected the position of both the School and RVC in global academia and research.

To cover all aspects of One Health, the course content was packed, but one soon appreciated that the learning in this field will never stop. Beyond the course lectures, there was always something else to attend, be it the Global Health lecture series, guest invitations to Chatham House debates or lunch time shows of archived movies.

This year has been a life changing experience and it occupies a large part of my “Fond Memories” disc space.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, animal sciences, social sciences, statistics and economics, are all encouraged to apply. Applicants from overseas will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension.

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