Nutrition for Global Health, M.Sc.

About

The main programme focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries – although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to populations globally.

The Nutrition for Global Health course from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in low and middle income countries.

This course is not a dietetic qualification. Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.

By the end of this course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of nutrition for global health at biological, social and policy levels
  • assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, from anthropometry and information on dietary intake to broader analytical skills
  • interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels
  • evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies of public health nutrition
  • disseminate and present findings of research in a range of formats and contexts
  • identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts
  • apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals

Accreditation

Course Accreditation

The course is accredited by UK Association for Nutrition, Graduates can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.

Programme Structure

Term 1

Students takethree compulsory modules:

  • Fundamental Public Health Nutrition;
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Public Health;
  • Basic Epidemiology.

One additional optional module may also be taken from:

  • Principles of Social Research
  • Health Promotion Theory
  • Health Policy, Process and Power
Term 2

Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.

Slot 1
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition (compulsory)
Slot 2
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
  • Family Planning Programmes
  • History & Health
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
Slot 3
  • Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health
  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Nutrition in Emergencies
  • Tropical Environmental Health
Slot 4
  • Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease (compulsory)
Slot 5
  • Advance Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Analysing Survey & Population Data
  • Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
  • Nutrition Programme Planning
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health
Project Report
During the summer months (July - August), students complete research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work, for submission by early September. - See more at:

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 190

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 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 programme is at least one of the following:
  • an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) 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.

Applicants who have worked in nutrition, health or other relevant global nutrition activities will be given preference.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 21500 International
  • GBP 9150 EU/EEA
  • Part-time tuition fees: EEA: £4,575, International: £10,750

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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