PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc in Public Health

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

Detailed information

Method:In a classroom
Duration:2 Years
Requirements:Entrance Requirements For the 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's relevant work experience. For the PG Diploma: 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. Computing Requirements The list, right, gives the specifications for a computer capable of running the software supplied. A computer with the minimum rather than recommended specifications will be able to use the course but may be rather slow. Computer: PC capable of running Windows and fulfilling the other requirements. Please note that Mac`s are not supported for this course. 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 95 (minimum); Windows 98 or higher (recommended). Graphics: 256 colours (minimum), 65536 colours or higher (recommended). Resolution 640x480 or higher. Internet connection: E-mail account (minimum); Web access (strongly recommended). Printer: Either laser or Ink Jet (recommended).

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Course program

This course aims: to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the global health of populations, communities and particular groups within them, through the promotion of health and prevention of diseases; the provision and evaluation of treatment and care; and the investigation and control of environmental threats to health. The emphasis is on the use, development and critical evaluation of conceptual models, evidence and methods of analysis; and on practical, effective interventions. Similar to the structure and contents of the London-based courses, this course provides a multidisciplinary perspective, drawing on a wide range of disciplines from health and social sciences. The course is highly interactive using activities and exercises which build on the personal experience of participants. The course covers public health in low, middle and high income countries and allows the student to either follow a wide-ranging curriculum, or to concentrate on a specialised area. Students will be asked to select one of the following four streams:

Public Health (General)
Public Health (Environment and Health)
Public Health (Health Promotion)
Public Health (Health Services Management)

In Part I all students complete four Compulsory modules: (i) Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy; (ii) Basic Epidemiology; (iii) Introduction to Health Economics; and (iv) Principles of Social Research.

All students take two additional core modules, selected from: Issues in Public Health; Health Promotion Theory; Health Services; Environment, Health & Sustainable Development; and Health Policy, Process & Power.

For the three specialised streams, one of these modules is compulsory: Environment, Health & Sustainable Development (for the Environment and Health stream); Health Promotion Theory (for the Health Promotion stream); and Health Services (for the Health Services Management stream).

Advanced modules
In Part II students select nine of the following advanced modules: Health Care Evaluation; Economic Analysis for Management & Policy; Economic Evaluation; Analytical Models for Decision Making; Organisational Management; Managing Health Services; Financial Management; Health Promotion Practice; Communicable Disease Control; Environmental Epidemiology; Environmental Health Policy; Medical Anthropology in Public Health; Globalisation & Health; Bacterial Infections; Nutrition and Infection; Parasitology; Water and Sanitation; Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries; AIDS; Tuberculosis; Malaria; Hospital Infection.

For the three specialised streams, one of these modules is Compulsory: Environmental Health Policy (for the Environment and Health stream); Health Promotion Practice (for the Health Promotion stream); and Organisational Management (for the Health Services Management stream)

Recommendations for order of study of specific modules are covered in the respective course regulations booklet. Specific requirements may apply for some advanced study modules. Not all advanced modules will be available every year.

Project Report
All currently registered MSc students have the option to undertake an project, equivalent to 2 advanced modules, specific to their chosen stream

Course Duration
On successful completion of the core, students can exit the programme with a PG Diploma in Public Health or proceed to advanced modules and therefore MSc studies. MSc students have a minimum period of two years and a maximum of five in which to complete their degree. Diploma students have a minimum of one and a maximum of five years to complete their qualification.

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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