Program overview
2 - 5 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2024

October 2025

October 2026

About this program

MSc in Global Health Policy

This programme provides students with an in-depth understanding of the planning and delivery of policy responses to global health concerns and issues. It focuses on approaches to effective policy-making which contributes to the protection and promotion of population health in a globalising world, at both national and transnational level.

The course is aimed at students and professionals from both health and non-health backgrounds who seek to understand more about the policy environment associated with issues of global health. It will be of value especially to those seeking to assume positions related to issues of global health policy in national, regional or global health organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental organisations and private consultancies.

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

All applicants are required to have:

For entry to the programme, you will need the equivalent of a UK first or second-class honours degree from an acceptable institution.

Relevant subjects include sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy) or social sciences (e.g. anthropology, demography, development, economics, environmental studies, geography, human rights, international relations, law, politics, sociology).

Qualifications from around the world are accepted; for further guidance please see University of London's qualifications for entrance. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of LSHTM on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

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

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Program content


MSc:10 modules (4 compulsory core + 5 elective modules + project) OR 12 modules (4 compulsory core + 8 elective modules) 

Module selection

Compulsory core modules (PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc)

  • The Economics of Global Health Policy
  • The Politics of Global Health Policy
  • Environmental Change and Global Health Policy
  • Issues in Global Health Policy

Compulsory core modules (PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc)Elective modules (PG Diploma and MSc)

  • Project Management and Research Coordination
  • Regulatory Affairs, Good Clinical Practice and Ethics
  • Data Management
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Global Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Health Systems
  • Global Mental Health
  • Research Design and Methods for the Analysis of Global Health Policy
  • Law and Global Health Policy
  • Project Module (MSc only)
  • Nutrition and Infection
  • Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
  • Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
  • HIV
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • Health Decision Science
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Health Care Evaluation
  • Medical Anthropology in Public Health
  • Conflict and Health
  • History and Health
  • Applied Communicable Disease Control

(Note that restrictions and pre-requisites may apply to some of the modules above. Not all elective modules will be available every year).

Project (MSc only)

All MSc students have the option to apply to undertake the Project module, which is equivalent to three module credits.

Scholarships & funding

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

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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...

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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.

Contact info

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
United Kingdom

Phone no: +44 (0)20 7636 8636

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