MSc Health Policy, Planning & FinancingLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing
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About this program
MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing
This programme 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 LSHTM 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.
By the end of this program students should be able to:
- comprehend and demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key principles of a diverse range of international and national health policies, including current and emerging trends
- comprehend and demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key principles of one or more disciplines relevant to the study of health policy, planning and financing (epidemiology, health economics, and other social sciences)
- comprehend and demonstrate specialist knowledge, critical understanding and skills in other areas selected from a range of options on the programme relevant to the study of health policy
- apply their conceptual and theoretical knowledge and skills using a multidisciplinary approach to formulate, design, implement, evaluate and appraise health policies and plans
- show competence, both written and verbal, in assessing and communicating empirical evidence and in consolidating and critically appraising debates relevant to issues of health policy
- demonstrate competence in key research and presentation skills, including the ability to plan and carry out a literature search, to critically review published literature, and to evaluate research findings
The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School 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
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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All students must take one compulsory module from each institution:
- Financing Health Care (LSE)
- Health Services or Health Policy, Process & Power (LSHTM)
Students must also take one additional semi-compulsory module from each institution from the following:
- Basic Epidemiology (LSHTM)
- Introduction to Health Economics (LSHTM) -may not be taken in conjunction with Health Economics (LSE)
- Issues in Public Health (LSHTM)
- Health Policy, Process & Power (LSHTM) - may not be taken in conjunction with Introduction to Health Policy & Politics (LSE)
- Health Services (LSHTM)
- Health Economics (LSE) - may not be taken in conjunction with Introduction to Health Economics (LSHTM)
- Introduction to Health Policy & Politics - may not be taken in conjunction with Health Policy, Process & Power (LSHTM)
- Health Systems and Policies in Developing Countries
- Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy (note: this is a Term 2 option, so if students select this as their semi-compulsory choice, they can take a different LSE option from an approved list in Term 1)
Terms 2 & 3
Students take two additional modules from each institution, including (but not restricted to) the following subject to availability:
- Economic Evaluation (LSHTM)
- Health Care Evaluation (LSHTM)
- Sociological Approaches to Health (LSHTM)
- Conflict & Health (LSHTM)
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (LSHTM)
- Health Systems (LSHTM)
- Economic Analysis for Health Policy (LSHTM)
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (LSHTM)
- Organisational Management (LSHTM)
- Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (LSHTM)
- Globalisation & Health (LSHTM)
- Health Decision Science (LSHTM)
- Reviewing the Literature (LSHTM)
- Advanced Health Economics (LSE)
- Evidence Appraisal for Health Policy Analysis (LSE)
- Evidence Review and Synthesis for Decision Making (LSE)
- Global Health Policy: Institutions, Actors and Politics (LSE)
- Health Care Economic Evaluation (LSE)
- Behavioural Incentive Design in Health and Health Care (LSE)
- Economic Analysis for Health Policy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LSE)
- Global Health Security (LSE)
- Health Care Regulation (LSE)
- Measuring Health System Performance (LSE)
- Mental Health Policy (LSE)
- Randomised Evaluations of Health Programmes: From Design to Implementation (LSE)
- Statistical Methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation (LSE)
- Social Determinants of Health (LSE)
- Any of the semi-compulsory LSE options listed above not already taken.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.
Up to date information on tuition fees can be found on the LSHTM website.
Graduates from this joint programme provided by the School and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) enter a diverse range of positions in global health and national health policy and planning, research, advisory or advocacy roles in governments and international agencies.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
Example job titles:
- Advocacy officer for a medical NGO
- Field Coordinator
- Health Economist
- Health Policy Consultant
- Health Research and Policy Officer
- Medical Officer
- Pharmaceutical Adviser
- Planning and Evaluation Economist
- Policy and Public Affairs manager
- Research Fellow
- Research Officer
- Specialist Registrar (Infectious and Respiratory Diseases)
- Teaching Fellow in Global Health
- Civil Servant
- program Manager
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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. LSHTM has a unique range and...
Why study at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
LSHTM is highly ranked in various university league tables, winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2021 in recognition of its response to COVID-19 and pandemic preparedness, as well as being #1 in the UK and #3 in the world for Public Health in the ShanghaiRankings (2021).
Teaching staff are all experts in their respective fields and continue as active researchers, bringing their wealth of experience and up-to-date knowledge directly into the lecture halls and seminar rooms. Many of the staff are well renowned, so students may find themselves being taught by figures they have read about in previous studies.
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