PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc in Global Health Policy

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Detailed information

Duration:2 Years
Requirements:Entrance Requirements PG Certificate: a first degree in a subject appropriate to the course or in another discipline which has included a suitable preliminary training; or previous education and experience without a first degree, which satisfies the University that the applicant has obtained a level of academic proficiency equivalent to a first degree. MSc: a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a subject appropriate to the course, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London and a minimum of one year relevant work experience. Computing Requirements The list below describes the specifications of a computer capable of operating the software supplied for the Global Health Policy course. A computer with the minimum rather than recommended specifications will be capable of handling the software, but may be rather slow. Computer: PC capable of running Windows and fulfilling the other requirements. Processor: Pentium or better, 90MHz or higher (recommended). Memory (RAM): 32MB or higher (recommended). Hard disk space: 88MB, for Diploma only, 185MB for full MSc, 6MB is the minimum if the sessions are read from the CD. CD-ROM drive: Double speed or faster recommended. Operating System: Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000 or later (Windows XP). Graphics: 256 colours (minimum), 65536 colours or higher (recommended). Resolution 640 x 480 or higher. Internet connection: Email account (essential); Web access (strongly recommended). Printer: Laser or ink jet recommended.

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Course program

This course aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of health determinants and outcomes that transcend national boundaries, and the policy responses required to protect and promote population health in a globalising world. The course combines core modules on the economics and politics of global health (including such topics as global health diplomacy, trade and health and migration), global environmental change, and key issues in global health policy (such as access to medicines, virus sharing and tobacco control). 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 who may be 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.

To receive the Postgraduate Certificate, students are required to successfully complete four compulsory modules:

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

Advanced Modules
Students who proceed to the MSc must choose five advanced modules, along with either an optional project report or three further advanced modules from the following list:

Analytical models for decision making
Communicable Disease Control
Conflict and Health (available in 2012-13)
Environmental Epidemiology
Environmental Health Policy
Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
Health care evaluation
History and Health
Immunology of infection
Medical Anthropology in Public Health

Course Duration
On successful completion of the compulsory modules, students can exit the programme with a PG Certificate in Global Health Policy or proceed to the MSc with further completion of advanced modules. Certificate students have a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years to complete the core certificate. MSc students have a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years to complete the degree.

The total fees for the course commencing in 2011 - 12 are:

MSc: £10,340
PG Certificate: £6,300 if paid in advance.

Students may also spread the cost of their course fee over the duration of their studies by paying per module - this is subject to a registration fee.

Course location

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Established in 1899, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has an internationally excellent reputation for its research, the people that it trains and the actual impact that it has on international public health. Our academic staff are leading experts in their fields giving students unparalleled access to their knowledge and experience. With students coming from over 120 countries and a wide range of backgrounds, the school provides a rich environment where students learn from each other.

The diversity of the School's students and staff is exceptional; over 3000 Masters (London-based and distance learning) and research students come from over 120 countries and staff from about 45. The fusion of staff and student experience provides a rich environment for students not only to learn from the staff but, importantly, to learn from each other.

Some courses require previous training in biological sciences, medicine and mathematics, but a large number of our courses take people who have studied humanities, social sciences, anthropology, natural sciences, and more. An increasing number of our students have chosen to take an MSc at the School before going on to study graduate medicine giving them a wider understanding of health and disease, but in the long run it will also set them apart from other doctors.

The School is located in the heart of London, and immediately adjacent to the University of London's central precinct and the British Museum. Students benefit from the facilities and events at the University of London Union and the Student Representative Council. Whatever you are interested in, you will find it in London – from historical monuments, national archives, dynamic architecture, museums and art galleries, to multi-cultural festivals, great restaurants, terrific nightlife and plenty of shopping!

Our students are incredibly well-equipped to tackle the issues of public health in a broader context and so the career opportunities available are exceptional. Our graduates go on to work in a range of capacities in NGOs, ministries of health, health services in the UK and overseas, academia, charities and private industry.

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