MSc Public Health for Development (MSc)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine the United Kingdom

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About MSc Public Health for Development at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


This programme equips students with the skills needed to appreciate and analyse the state of public health in low- and middle-income countries and to design and evaluate actions to address public health concerns. Students will have substantial experience of planning or implementing public health programmes, of public health teaching or research in low- or middle- income countries.

The programme will enable you to:

  • articulate a critical understanding of a range of topics related to public health in low- and middle-income settings
  • apply public health research skills to examine critically a range of public health questions
  • evaluate actions designed to improve public health
  • formulate evidence-based and appropriate strategies to control health problems and promote health
  • frame your knowledge of public health within a development context

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme work in global health, health service management, in health programmes in low- and-middle-income countries, in NGOs, international organisations and in research.

Compulsory modules:

Extended Epidemiology
Health Policy, Process & Power
Introduction to Health Economics
Principles of Social Research
Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

Elective modules include:

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
Medical Anthropology
Conflict and Health
Health Systems
Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health
Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights

Residential Field Trip

There are two residential field trips, one during the orientation week and the other after the summer examinations.

Project report

You will complete a research project relating to public health in a low- or middle-income country.

Key information:

Duration: one year full-time or two years part-time. Students can choose to attend part-time throughout both years or by split-study.

Location: London

Programme directors: Dr Daniel Chandramohan, Krystyna Makowiecka, Ms Sandra Mounier-Jack

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Entry requirements

A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:

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.

Additionally for the MSc Public Health for Development, successful candidates are expected to have lived in a developing country and worked in activities related to public health for a minimum of two years.

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

Admissions FAQs

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B

Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information

Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.

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