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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - MSc Public Health – Health Economics Stream

MSc Public Health – Health Economics Stream

E.g. aims of program, target audience (e.g. economists, health professionals, policy makers, for those wanting a career in researcher, etc.) – approximately 150 words.

By the end of this course students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real health problems. The stream is aimed at anyone - with or without any previous training in economics - who is interested in working as a health economist in an academic or professional capacity across high-, middle- and low-income countries.

Structure of program:

E.g. list of compulsory modules and elective modules (simply list them, please do not provide detailed descriptions); brief information on any research components (e.g. research report, dissertation etc.).

Term 1

Students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:

·         Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy

·         Basic Epidemiology

·         Introduction for Health Economics

·         Principles of Social Research

Students also take two additional modules, selected from the following:

·         Environment, Health & Sustainable Development

·         Foundations for Health Promotion

·         Health Policy, Process & Power

·         Health Services

·         Issues in Public Health

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.).

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

·         Economic Evaluation (compulsory)

Slot 2

·         Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*

·         Health Systems*

·         Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*

·         Conflict and Health

·         Family Planning Programmes

·         History & Health

·         Population, Poverty and Environment

·         Qualitative Methodologies

Slot 3

·         Economic Analysis for Health Policy (compulsory)

Slot 4

·         Analytical Models for Decision Making*

·         Reviewing the Literature*

·         Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes

·         Environmental Epidemiology

·         Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases

·         Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights

·         Global Disability & Health

·         Globalisation & Health

·         Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases

·         Sexual Health

Slot 5

·         Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*

·         Proposal Development*

·         Analysing Survey & Population Data

·         Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

·         Environmental Health Policy

·         Health Services Management

·         Integrating Module: Health Promotion

·         Principles and Practice of Public Health

By arrangement, students may be able to substitute specified distance Learning modules for up to two modules in certain timetable slots. Any such substitutions will need to be discussed with the programme directors.

Project Report

Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.


Entry requirements:

E.g. Qualifications/Prior degree(s), if an economics major is a requirement, language requirements, etc., usual application deadline


The normal minimum entry requirements for the MSc Public Health are:

·         An upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

·         Work experience: preference will be given to applicants with relevant work experience, this includes both paid and voluntary work, internships etc.

·         Additional requirement: applicants for the MSc Public Health (all streams) will need to provide some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education. This could include: "A" level or a higher school certificate, a module within an undergraduate degree (such as quantitative methods, epidemiology or statistics), statistics studied as part of a general research methods course.

·         Any student who does not meet the minimum academic entry requirement above but who has significant relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B


The final closing dates are in August.

Length and timing of program:

E.g. one year full-time, usual starting date (e.g. September semester, February semester), etc.

The program can be studied over one year full time or two years part time. The usual starting date is Sept/Oct.


Online or residential/on-site program:

This is an on-site program.


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