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MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1 - 2 Years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

This is a multidisciplinary program that bridges the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health in the context of disease control. It includes a strong practical component and the opportunity to undertake a research project overseas with collaborating public health or research organisations and NGOs. The program trains students in all aspects of the control of infectious diseases and prepares them for a career in a range of organisations.

This program will equip students with specialised skills that will facilitate a career in the control of infectious diseases as staff of health ministries, health departments, national or international disease control agencies, aid organisations or universities.

The majority of the research projects are performed overseas, with collaborating public health or research organisations and NGOs. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this overseas opportunity, which is crucial to the nature of the course.


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

  • investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections
  • select appropriate methods of control
  • design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods
  • assess constraints of local public health delivery systems
  • manage available resources in the context of the control of infectious diseases
  • focus their efforts on particular geographical regions or specific diseases

Admission requirements

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration on a Master's program 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; applicants with a strong academic background in ancillary subjects will also be considered
  • 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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content


Term 1

After orientation, students take two compulsory modules: Basic Statistics for PHP and Introduction to Disease Agents & Their Control, which focus on the life cycle and characteristics of infectious disease agents according to their principal transmission routes; the principal intervention strategies used to combat infectious diseases; and examples of successes, partial successes and failures in intervention programs against infectious diseases.

In addition, students take one of the following module combinations:

  • Basic Epidemiology, and Introduction to Health Economics; and Health Policy, Process and Power (3 modules)
  • Extended Epidemiology and Introduction to Health Economics or Health Policy, Process and Power (2 modules)

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Course Directors.

Slot 1

  • Designing Disease Control programs in Developing Countries*
  • Health Care Evaluation*
  • Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice* (formerly Epidemiology & Control of Malaria)
  • Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infections
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 1: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries
  • Clinical Virology
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
  • Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal.

Slot 2

  • Clinical Bacteriology 1*
  • Conflict and Health*
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
  • Population, Poverty and Environment*
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
  • Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 2: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine
  • Health Systems
  • Qualitative Methodologies

Slot 3

  • Applied Communicable Disease Control*
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*
  • Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health*
  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy*
  • Medical Anthropology & Public Health*
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health*
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Health* (formerly Tropical Environmental Health)
  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination*
  • Basic Parasitology
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 3: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries
  • Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition in Emergencies
  • Organisational Management
  • Social Epidemiology

Slot 4

  • Clinical Bacteriology 2*
  • Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases*
  • Analytical Models for Decision Making
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 4: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine
  • Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
  • Globalisation & Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Vector Biology & Parasite Infections

Slot 5

  • HIV (formerly AIDS)*
  • Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries*
  • Integrated Vector Management*
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases*
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Integrating Module: Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management
  • Mycology
  • Nutrition program Planning
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Full-Time Tuition fees

  • UK: £10,990
  • EU/Overseas: £25,410

Part-Time Tuition fees

  • UK £5,495
  • EU/Overseas: £12,705

Career opportunities

Graduates from this program enter a diverse range of positions and organisations across the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health.

Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered after graduating:

Example job titles:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Doctor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Epidemiologist
  • Immunisation Consultant
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Malaria Data Analyst
  • Operational Researcher
  • Pharmacist
  • program Manager
  • Public Health Officer
  • Public Relations Executive

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About this institute

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Established in 1899, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is dedicated to improving health worldwide through training the next generation of health leaders to address major public and global health challenges. This year, LSHTM celebrates 120 years...

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Why study at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

LSHTM is highly ranked in various university league tables:

  • #1 in Europe for research impact in sciences by CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019
  • #3 in the world for Public Health in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020
  • #4 in the world for Infectious Diseases in US News Best Global Universities Subject Ranking 2021

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
United Kingdom

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