MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research
This program is designed for those interested in acquiring the research skills necessary to conduct policy-relevant research into sexual and reproductive health. It provides a non-clinical foundation in family planning, obstetric health, AIDS and sexually-transmitted infections.
This Master's program is recognized by the ESRC as providing high quality research training and a small number of ESRC scholarships (including 1+3 scholarships) are available to UK or EU residents. These are advertised each year with the School scholarships information.
The curriculum has a focus on middle- and low-income settings but also provides excellent training in the principles and methods of research for high-income countries.
By the end of this program students should be able to:
- demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of evidence-based approaches to research of reproductive and sexual health issues
- critically assess and apply these research approaches to inform development, health and social welfare programs
- demonstrate a good understanding of the socio-cultural, political and ethical issues surrounding reproductive and sexual health
- identify and address appropriate research questions in reproductive and sexual health, using methods from a range of public health disciplines
- demonstrate the ability to carry out key research skills and activities, including literature review, research study design, and critical analysis and application of research findings
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 Masters 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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Students take the followingcompulsorymodules:
- Basic Epidemiology or Extended Epidemiology
- Foundations in Reproductive Health
- Principles of Social Research
- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
Further optional modules include:
- Health Policy, Process & Power
- Introduction to Health Economics
- Population Studies
Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). One module (in Slot 4) is compulsory.
- Research Design & Analysis*
- Designing Disease Control programs in Developing Countries
- Health Care Evaluation
- Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
- Maternal & Child Nutrition
- Sociological Approaches to Health
- Family Planning programs*
- Population, Poverty and Environment*
- Conflict and Health
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
- Qualitative Methodologies
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*
- Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health*
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions*
- Social Epidemiology*
- Medical Anthropology and Public Health
- Sexual Health
- Analysing Survey & Population Data*
- Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
- Proposal Development
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 go into public health and reproductive health programs, evaluation of family planning programs, research for governmental and non-governmental agencies and university teaching.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
Example job titles:
- Chlamydia Screening Assistant\
- Clinical Research Co-Ordinator
- Emergency Response Co-Ordinator
- HIV Prevention and Surveillance Scientist
- program Manager
- Research Co-Ordinator
- Senior Lecturer in Medicine
- Senior Registrar
- Technical Adviser
- Women's Protection and Empowerment Co-Ordinator (Syria)
- Public Involvement Adviser
- Statistical Researcher
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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