MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Program overview
1 - 2 Years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

This programme aims to develop the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and low- and middle-income countries. It aims to enhance evidence-based decision making in tropical medicine, international health, and the underpinning disciplines through a wide choice of modules including small group clinically focused teaching.


By the end of this program students should be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the causation, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management, and control of the major parasitic, bacterial, and viral, and noncommunicable diseases affecting tropical and developing countries
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the evidence base of tropical medicine and disease control in developing countries and of its application in the practice of evidence-based tropical medicine and disease control
  • demonstrate understanding and skills in diagnostic parasitology microbiology and entomology through the selection of appropriate testing methods and the preparation and examination of biological specimens for identification of common parasitic and bacterial pathogens and associated vectors
  • demonstrate understanding of the application of basic epidemiological principles, including selecting an appropriate study design to address a given clinical or public health problem
  • demonstrate understanding of the selection application and interpretation statistical methods in the analysis of quantitative data
  • demonstrate ability to analyse and synthesise research findings for clinical and disease control decision making (in areas including assessment diagnosis, test selection treatment, prognosis and control) and to critically evaluate their effects
  • demonstrate understanding of the key contribution of clinical trials to the evidence base of tropical medicine and international health, and of how such trials are designed, conducted, analyzed and reported
  • demonstrate ability to synthesise and communicate relevant medical knowledge and principles at an appropriate level to patients, health care professionals, colleagues and other groups
  • demonstrate understanding of the role of basic and applied research underpinning clinical and international public health practice, at an appropriate level depending on the individual student's choice of modules

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally satisfy the School’s general entrance requirements and additional program-specific entrance requirements to be considered for admission. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the procedures and deadlines given in the web-based or printed prospectus.

In order to be admitted to the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health, an applicant must have a degree in medicine and be a registered medical practitioner. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least two years of experience working in clinical medicine (in any country) with recent professional experience in a relevant discipline.

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

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Program content


Term 1

This module follows the course for the DTM&H. Term 1 consists entirely of the DTM&H lectures, seminars, laboratory practical and clinical sessions, and is examined through the DTM&H examination and resulting in the award of the Diploma and 60 Master's level credits at the end of Term 1. 

Tropical Medicine, Parasitology and Public Health is a compulsory module.

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Recognising that students have diverse backgrounds and experience, the programme director considers requests to take any module within LSHTM's portfolio, provided that this is appropriate for the student.

Slot 1

  • Advanced Immunology 1
  • Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infections
  • Clinical Virology (recommended)
  • Designing Disease Control Programmes
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Health Care Evaluation
  • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
  • Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice (recommended)
  • Maternal & Child Nutrition (recommended)
  • Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques
  • Practical Research Skills (recommended)
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Sociological Approaches to Health
  • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal

Slot 2

  • Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
  • Advanced Immunology 2
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs
  • Clinical Bacteriology 1 (recommended)
  • Conflict & Health (recommended)
  • Data Challenge
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (recommended)
  • Family Planning Programmes
  • Health Systems
  • History & Health
  • Molecular Virology
  • Non-Communicable Eye Disease
  • Population, Poverty & Environment
  • Qualitative Methodologies (recommended)
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Slot 3

  • Advanced Training in Molecular Biology
  • Analysis of Hierarchical & Other Dependent Data
  • Applied Communicable Disease Control (recommended)
  • Basic Parasitology
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections (recommended)
  • Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health (recommended)
  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy
  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases (recommended)
  • Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (recommended)
  • Genomics Health Data
  • Immunology of Clinical Disease
  • Implementing Eye Care: Skills and Resources 
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health
  • Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition in Emergencies
  • Organisational Management
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health
  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, and Health

Slot 4

  • Clinical Bacteriology 2(recommended)
  • Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (recommended)
  • Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights (recommended)
  • Global Disability and Mental Health (recommended)
  • Globalisation & Health
  • Health Decision Science
  • Immunology of Parasitic Infection (recommended)
  • Molecular Research in Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases
  • Population Dynamics & Projections
  • Reviewing the Literature
  • Sexual Health 
  • Survival Analysis and Bayesian Statistics
  • Vector Biology & Vector Parasite Interactions

Slot 5:

  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Advanced Statistical Modelling
  • Analysing Survey & Population Data
  • Applying Public Health Principles (recommended)
  • Cell Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Environmental Health Policy
  • Health Services Management
  • HIV (recommended)
  • Integrated Vector Management
  • Integrating Module: Health Promotion
  • Mycology (recommended)
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (recommended)
  • Novel Drug Discovery & Antimicrobial Resistance (recommended)
  • Nutrition Programme Planning
  • Pathogen Genomics
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health 
  • Proposal Development
  • Vaccine Immunology (recommended)

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.

Career paths

Graduates from this programme go on to a wide variety of career paths including further research in epidemiology, parasite immunology; field research programmes or international organisations concerned with health care delivery in conflict settings or humanitarian crises, or return to academic or medical positions in low- and middle-income countries.

Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:

Example job titles

  • Accident and Emergency Health Worker
  • Analyst of Vector Control
  • Emergency Medicine Doctor
  • GP (General Practitioner)
  • Lecturer
  • Medical Director
  • Research Clinician AE-TBC
  • Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Dermatologist
  • Government Assistant
  • Specialist Registrar

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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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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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WC1E 7HT London
United Kingdom

Phone no: +44 (0)20 7636 8636

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