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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

A joint program provided by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

This program aims to develop critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing and to enable students to devise appropriate health policy responses. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. This is a joint program provided by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The course provides training relevant to countries at all levels of development, although participants are able to specialize.

Graduate of this program enter careers in global health and national health policy and planning, research, advisory or advocacy roles in governments and international agencies.


Structure of program: 

Term 1

All students take one compulsory module from each institution:

·         Financing Health Care (LSE)

·         Health Services or Health Policy, Process and Power (LSHTM)


Students must also take additional Term 1 module from each institution from the following:



·         Health Economics

·         Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

·         Introduction to Health Policy and Politics



·         Basic Epidemiology

·         Issues in Public Health

·         Health Policy, Process and Power

·         Health Services

Term 2 and 3

Students take three modules from LSE and LSHTM including (but not restricted to) the following subject to availability:


·         Statistical Methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation 

·         Advanced Health Economics 

·         Measuring Health System Performance

·         Health Systems and Policies in Developing Countries 

·         Evidence Review and Synthesis for Decision Making 

·         Social Determinants of Health

·         Global Health Policy: Institutions, Actors and Politics 

·         Economic Analysis for Health Policy in Low and Middle Income Countries 

·         Randomised Evaluations for Health Programmes: From Design to Implementation

·         Behavioural Incentives Design in Health and Health Care 


·         Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries

·         Economic Evaluation

·         Epidemiology and Control of Malaria

·         Health Care Evaluation

·         Sociological Approaches to Health

·         Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal

·         Conflict and Health

·         Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies

·         Family Planning Programmes

·         Health Systems

·         History & Health

·         Population, Poverty and Environment

·         Qualitative Methodology

·         Applied Communicable Disease Control

·         Control of Sexual Transmitted Diseases

·         Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health

·         Economic Analysis for Health Policy

·         Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases

·         Evaluation of Public Health Interventions

·         Medical Anthropology and Public Health

·         Nutrition in Emergencies

·         Organisational Management

·         Tropical Environmental Health

·         Analytical Models for Decision Making

·         Environmental Epidemiology

·         Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases

·         Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights

·         Globalisation & Health

·         Reviewing the Literature

·         Sexual Health

·         AIDS

·         Analysing Survey and Population Data

·         Environmental Health Policy

·         Health Services Management

·         Principal & Practice of Public Health

·         Proposal Development

In all cases, each student's full set of module choices must be approved by the Program Directors at LSE and the School in order to confirm that students' choices fit with their stated career aims and form a coherent set of modules for the MSc. Students must also meet the entrance requirements for each particular module. Guidance will be provided in the course handbook, to outline the key differences between recommended modules and provide comments where relevant on optional modules - to help both students and tutors differentiate between and make module choices most appropriately.

As the last major component of the program, students undertake a research project on a relevant topic – assessed through a written dissertation. The project should be an independent piece of work, appropriately guided and supported by a supervisor and other relevant staff. Substantive work, including any travel or fieldwork, should start after the exams in the summer.


Entry requirements: 

A student must normally satisfy the LSHTM general entrance requirements and the additional programme 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:

·         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.

Additionally, applicants should ideally have prior work experience in areas relating to health, policy, planning and financing. Preference will be given to such candidates given the competitive nature of this course. A minimum of one year’s experience in health policy or public health related work is recommended.

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Please contact the course directors if you are not sure this is the right course for you.

If English is not your first language, you will also need to meet English language requirements.


Length and timing of program: 

One year full time, or half time over two years. Term 1 is from October to December, Term 2 from January to May, and Term 3 from June to September.


Online or residential/on-site program:

On-site program.


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