M.Sc. Global Health Policy (Distance Learning) (online study)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Application deadline: 30 June
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: October  2015
Credits: 180
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Full-time
Structure: Self-paced
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters by Distance Learning.
These courses aim 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.

These courses are 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.

Aims & Objectives

The course aims to develop:

* a solid grounding in various theories and practices concerned with global health policy
* an understanding of the emerging institutional structures and governance mechanisms to address global health issues
* a good appreciation of relevant health policy research methods, such as comparative analysis and cross country learning
* an ability to apply these analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges posed by global health issues.


The support you will receive will include:

* a web-based virtual learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to pose questions and engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)
* written, personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments

You can also communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or by setting up your own learning support groups.


Course Structure
* Postgraduate Certificate: 4 compulsory core modules
* Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (4 compulsory modules + 4 elective modules)
* MSc: Either 9 modules (4 compulsory core and 5 electives) plus a project report or 12 modules (4 compulsory core plus 8 electives)

The Postgraduate Certificate:
The Certificate comprises the 4 core modules which are also common to the Diploma and MSc courses:

* GHM101 The Economics of Global Health Policy
* GHM102 The Politics of Global Health Policy
* GHM103 Environmental Change and Global Health Policy
* GHM104 Issues in Global Health Policy

After successfully completing the core modules, those registered for the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc must successfully pass a required number of elective modules to complete the award.

The Postgraduate Diploma:
To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, 4 elective modules (in addition to the 4 core modules) must be studied from the list below.

The Masters Degree (MSc):
Students registered for the MSc must choose five elective modules from the list below, and must also complete a project report in their final year. (Alternatively, 3 further elective modules may be chosen from the list below in place of the project report.)

* EPM101 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
* EPM303 Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases
* GHM201 Health Systems
* IDM213 Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
* IDM301 Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
* IDM502 Tuberculosis
* IDM503 Malaria
* PHM201 Analytical Models for Decision Making
* PHM202 Communicable Disease Control
* PHM205 Environmental Epidemiology
* PHM206 Environmental Health Policy
* PHM207 Health Care Evaluation
* PHM211 Medical Anthropology in Public Health
* PHM214 Conflict and Health
* PHM215 History and Health

Note that restrictions and prerequisites may apply to some of the modules below. Not all modules will be available every year.

Combining DL studies with studies at the School - 'blended learning' study

After successful completion of a minimum number of core modules, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of up to two modules only (from a restricted list) at LSHTM in London during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. Please note that these options, and the dates when the modules are held at the School, are subject to change - full details will be sent to all DL students in July each year. The fee for attending LSHTM in-house modules is payable directly to LSHTM, not to the University of London International Programmes, and is in addition to the distance learning course fees.


One of the following:
* A first or second-class honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course.
* An appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years´ relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis.


Students who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

Computer Requirements

Online access and general computer requirements

As one of our students you need to have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the Virtual Learning Environment, and accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need to have access to appropriate software, for example, a PDF reader and suitable hardware capacity on your computer, e.g. for document storage. Additional requirements include that you have JavaScript and cookies enabled to access particular online systems, for example, the Student Portal.

Supported Browsers include:

Internet Explorer 7+
Firefox 5+
Chrome 13+

Screen resolution (recommended)

* 1024 x 768 or greater

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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