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Health Policy, Planning & Financing (MSc)


Course Description

This course aims to develop critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing and to enable students to devise appropriate health policy responses. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. This is a joint programme provided by the School and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). The course provides training relevant to countries at all levels of development, although participants are able to specialise.

Graduates enter careers in global health and national health policy and planning, research, advisory or advocacy roles in governments and international agencies.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/edu/qualityassurance/hppf_progspec.pdf)
- Intercalating this course (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/intercalating/index.html)

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

Additional Requirements

Additionally for the MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing, applicants should ideally have prior work experience in areas relating to health, policy, planning and financing. Preference will be given to such candidates given the competitive nature of this course. A minimum of one year’s experience in health policy or public health related work is recommended.

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Please contact the course directors if you are not sure whether this is the right course for you.

Objectives

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

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of global and national health policies, including current and emerging trends and also of disciplines relevant to the study of health policy, planning and financing (epidemiology, health economics and other social sciences)

- apply their knowledge and skills using a multidisciplinary approach to formulate, implement and evaluate health policies and plans

- demonstrate written and verbal competence in communicating empirical evidence and in consolidating and critically appraising
debates relevant to issues of health policy and health financing

- demonstrate competence in key research and presentation skills, such as undertaking a literature search, a critical review of published literature or to evaluate research findings

Structure

Term 1:
All students take compulsory modules as follows:

- Financing Health Care (LSE)
- Health Services OR Health Policy Planning and Financing

Students must then take one additional module from each institution:
- LSE: Health Economics; Pharmaceutical Economics; Foundations of Health Policy
- LSHTM: Health Policy, Process and Power; Basic Epidemiology; Issues in Public Health

Term 2:
Students take four modules from LSE and the School:

- For modules to be taken at LSE, any restrictions will be included in the programme specification, and may be adjusted by LSE

- For modules to be taken at the School, any restrictions will be included in the programme specification, and may be adjusted by the School

It will not normally be possible to take other School modules except as a 'special case' choice requiring formal approval by the Course Director and Departmental Taught Course Director. Students may make a maximum of one such choice within the degree.

In all cases, each student's full set of module choices must be approved by the Course Directors at LSE and the School in order to confirm that students' choices fit with their stated career aims and form a coherent set of modules for the MSc. Students must also meet the entrance requirements for each particular module. Guidance will be provided in the course handbook, to outline the key differences between recommended modules and provide comments where relevant on optional modules - to help both students and tutors differentiate between and make module choices most appropriately.

Project Report:
During the summer months (July - August), students complete a written research project on a topic selected in consultation with their tutor, for submission by early September.

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

Visit the Health Policy, Planning & Financing (MSc) page on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine website for more details!



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(Student Profile)

Chima Onoka

130.gif Following my graduation from University of Port-Harcourt Nigeria, and a specialist training as a public health physician, I got involved in health policy and systems research through the Health Policy Research Group, College of medicine, University of Nigeria. The nature of the research and its usefulness in informing public health related policy stirred up my desire to acquire knowledge and skill in health economics and health policy analysis.

The MSc health policy, planning and financing programme offered by the LSHTM was recommended to me as an avenue to acquire such knowledge. Going through information provided on its website, the school offered to provide knowledge regarding health policy and systems from a wide range of international perspectives.

To say that my expectations were met in the LSHTM would be an understatement. From the first contact with the school, it feels like a cruise through a supportive atmosphere until one gets to the end the programme. First, explicit communication of procedures received from the registry after my application was received by the registry made me feel valued. Then the reception in the first week set the perfect stage for learning and the modules were patterned to make one learn and apply the knowledge within each term. Moreover, the experienced staff that had been exposed to research and learning all over the world including developing countries, provided individual and group support in simple unassuming but extraordinarily useful ways that took one smoothly but surely to the term deadlines and the ultimate end of the sail.

The history of excellence in the school revealed in its archives certainly hasn’t diminished. That excellence gets transmitted to the students and I gladly recommend the school as the first three options for anyone interested in health policy and systems knowledge and research.

(Student Profile)

Yaqun Fu

I learnt lots of research skills while engaged in a programme led by the School last year, and was impressed by the quality of research done by the School. Also, my country had proposed a new health reform which aims to build a comprehensive primary health care system to achieve universal health coverage. Therefore, I made up my mind to further my study in health policy and to perform creative work in reforming China’s existing health system.

The course is delivered jointly by the School and LSE. The School is a world-renowned public health school, while LSE has a very good reputation in the area of ‘policy’ studies. One of the most exciting things has been putting knowledge into practice immediately after studying each module. By using the knowledge we learn, students are able to propose national reforms, to change national health policies and to evaluate health interventions. Moreover, due to the diversity of students’ backgrounds, we can always learn new ideas from each other during seminar discussions.

(Student Profile)

Boniface Oyugi

4398.jpg I graduated from the School of Nursing, University of Nairobi in 2010 and University of Washington in 2013. After working as a research officer at the University Of Nairobi Institute Of Tropical Medicine, I felt the need to boost my skills in health economics and policy. The Commonwealth Scholarship made my study possible. What struck me most at the School was the diversity of students and lecturers, drawn from practically every part of the world and all sorts of academic and professional backgrounds; the best brains in the world. As the months elapsed, I realized that the MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing was an idyllic choice. The School and the London School of Economics (LSE) taught me to look at issues from different perspectives and think out of the box. My instructors, classmates and friends were a force to reckon with and they made my stay worthwhile. Lectures, practical lessons and seminars were well structured. I had an opportune time to interact with friends at school, class parties, and bashes. It was a humbling and a life changing experience. I am looking forward to being a global health economics and policy consultant and then later engage in my country’s leadership/politics.

(Student Profile)

Zeynap Colpan

4399.jpg I heard about the School after reading Elizabeth Pisani’s ‘The Wisdom of Whores’. Inspired by her transition from journalist to public health, I too decided to change careers into global health. With its phenomenal teaching and support staff, the School quickly helped me settle in and start learning. My friends and I could frequently be found discussing how fat taxes can be justified or if a Markov would be most appropriate for a particular disease intervention model. My colleagues hailed from all over and learning from those with real-life experience in global health really brought my studies alive.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following: a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed; a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies. Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

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