MSc Nutrition for Global Health
The program provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated program covers epidemiological, dietary, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include: maternal and child nutrition; nutrition in emergencies; nutrition program planning, evaluation and monitoring; nutrition-related chronic disease. The main program focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries – although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to all populations globally.
The program attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programs, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and program planning in nutrition.The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in low- and middle-income countries. This course is not a dietetic qualification.
By the end of this program students should be able to:
- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of public health nutrition at biological, social & policy levels
- assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, including: anthropometry, dietary analysis, statistics, epidemiology, qualitative methods, research, computing & information retrieval
- interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels
- evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies on public health nutrition
- disseminate and present research findings in a range of formats and contexts
- identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts
- apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals
A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional program specific entrance requirements as follows:
The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's program is at least one of the following:
- an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) 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 encouraged.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.
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All students take three compulsory modules:
- Fundamental Public Health Nutrition
- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
- Basic Epidemiology
One additional optional module may also be taken from:
- Principles of Social Research
- Foundations for Health Promotion
- Health Policy, Process and Power
Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.
- Maternal and Child Nutrition (compulsory)
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
- Conflict and Health
- Family Planning programs
- History & Health
- Qualitative Methodologies
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Nutrition in Emergencies*
- Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
- Spatial Epidemiology
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Health (formerly Tropical Environmental Health)
- Nutrition-Related Chronic Diseases (compulsory)
- Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Analysing Survey & Population Data
- Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
- Nutrition program Planning
- Principles and Practice of Public Health
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.
Full-Time Tuition fees
- UK: £10,990
- EU/Overseas: £25,410
Part-Time Tuition fees
- UK: £5,495
- EU/Overseas: £12,705
Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
Example job titles:
- Dietitian and Nutritionist
- Humanitarian Nutrition Trainee
- Nutrition Business Development Officer
- Nutrition Consultant
- Nutritional Researcher
- Project Co-Ordinator
- Public Health Dietician
- Health and Nutrition Area Co-Ordinator
- Humanitarian Affairs Officer
- Project Manager
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...
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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