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

Start dates
October 2023

October 2024

October 2025

About this program

MSc in Public Health

This programme provides students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the improved health of populations and particular groups within them through the promotion of health and prevention of diseases; the development and evaluation of care practices; and the investigation and control of environmental threats to health. Students are instructed in the development, use and critical evaluation of conceptual models, evidence, methods of analysis, and practical interventions.

The course provides students with the knowledge and skills to address diverse public health issues in low, middle and high income settings. The varied curriculum allows students to opt for a broad range of knowledge or to concentrate on specialised areas. The programme offers five alternative streams; the general Public Health stream and four specialist streams: Environment and Health; Health Economics; Health Promotion and Health Services Management.

Students on this programme come from diverse backgrounds. Many are health professionals working at a service or policy level, while others wish to obtain public health skills that they can apply to their work in development, community services, government, research or teaching.

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

All applicants are required to have:

  • a minimum of one year's relevant work experience; and
  • a first or second class honours degree or the equivalent, in a subject appropriate to the course, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London.

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


Module selection

  • Master’s Degree: 11 modules plus a project report OR 14 modules:
  • General, Environment & Health, Health Promotion or Health Services Management streams: 
    • 4 compulsory core PHM1 modules  
    • 1 stream-specific PHM1 module
    • 1 further core PHM1 module
    • 1 stream-specific PHM2 module
    • 7 elective modules (at least three from the PHM2 selection group) or 4 elective modules (at least 1 from the PHM2 selection group) plus a project report
  • Health Economics stream:
    • 4 compulsory core PHM1 modules
    • 2 further core PHM1 modules
    • 2 stream-specific PHM2 modules  
    • 6 elective modules (at least two from the PHM2 selection group) or 3 elective modules plus a project report

Core PHM1 modules (PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc)

  • PHM101 Basic Epidemiology  
  • PHM102 Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy  
  • PHM103 Introduction to Health Economics  
  • PHM104 Principles of Social Research  

PHM1 further core modules (PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc)  

  • PHM105 Issues in Public Health (*Gen)  
  • PHM106 Environment, Health & Sustainable Development (*E&H)  
  • PHM107 Foundations for Health Promotion (*HP)  
  • PHM108 Health Services (*HSM)  
  • PHM109 Health Policy, Process & Power   

PHM2 elective modules (PG Diploma and MSc)  

  • PHM201 Health Decision Science   
  • PHM203 Economic Analysis for Health Policy (*HE)  
  • PHM204 Economic Evaluation (*HE)  
  • PHM205 Environmental Epidemiology   
  • PHM206 Environmental Health Policy (*E&H)  
  • PHM207 Health Care Evaluation   
  • PHM209 Globalisation & Health   
  • PHM210 Managing Health Services   
  • PHM211 Medical Anthropology in Public Health   
  • PHM212 Organisational Management (*HSM)  
  • PHM213 Principles and Practice of Health Promotion (*HP)  
  • PHM214 Conflict and Health   
  • PHM215 History and Health   
  • PHM216 Sexual Health   
  • PHM218 Applied Communicable Disease Control   
  • PHM219 Evaluation of Public Health Interventions  

Other elective modules (PG Diploma and MSc)  

  • EPM202 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology  
  • GHM201 Health Systems  
  • GHM202 Global Mental Health  
  • IDM201 Bacterial Infections  
  • IDM202 Nutrition and Infection  
  • IDM203 Parasitology  
  • IDM205 Healthcare-associated Infection  
  • IDM213 Immunology of Infection and Vaccines  
  • IDM215 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene  
  • IDM301 Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases  
  • IDM501 HIV  
  • IDM502 Tuberculosis  
  • IDM503 Malaria  
  • PHM305 Project Report (MSc only)

*Compulsory module for indicated stream:

  • E&H - Environment & Health stream
  • HE - Health Economics stream
  • HP - Health Promotion stream
  • HSM - Health Services Management stream
  • Gen - General stream

Project report (MSc only)

All MSc students have the option to apply to undertake a project report (PHM305), which is equivalent to three elective 15 credit modules.

Scholarships & funding

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

Career paths

Successful completion of the program may serve as preparation for students who wish to progress to a higher research degree in public health or medicine.

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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.


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Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
United Kingdom

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