M.Sc. Nutrition for Global Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Application deadline: No official deadline for application - Registration in September - students are to allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
Tuition fee:
  • € 9,600 / Year (EEA)
  • € 22,680 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This course aims to provide comprehensive training in nutrition for global health with the choice of specialising in a number of topics and in a range of contexts. It is an integrated programme covering dietary, epidemiological, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include maternal and child nutrition, nutrition in emergencies, nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring, and nutritional epidemiology.

The course 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 developing countries and transitional societies.

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.

Course Duration
Full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Students taking the course over two years can choose to attend part-time throughout both years (this involves attending the School at least two days each week during term-time).

Alternatively, students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.

* Split study fees are calculated pro rata for the periods of attendance only. For example, students who've chosen a Term 1 split date will be charged approximately 12 weeks fees (at the Year 1 fee rate) for their first year of study, and approximately 38 weeks fees (at the Year 2 full-time fee rate) for their second year of studies.

Contents

Term 1
Students take three compulsory modules: Fundamental Public Health Nutrition; Statistics for Epidemiology and Public Health; Basic Epidemiology.

Further optional modules include: Principles of Social Research; Health Promotion Theory; Health Policy, Process and Power.

Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Available modules are shown below. Compulsory modules are shown in italics.

Slot 1: Maternal and Child Nutrition.

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; Sociological Approaches to Health; Tropical Environmental Health.

Slot 4: Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease.

Slot 5: Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology; Analysing Survey and Population Data; Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries; Nutrition Programme Planning; Principles & Practice of Public Health

Project Report
Students complete a short 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.

Course Accreditation
The course is accredited by the UK Association for Nutrition and will contribute towards the accreditation of individuals as public health nutritionists in the UK. It should be noted that the course is not a dietetic qualification.

Requirements

The programme-specific entrance requirements for MSc Nutrition for Global Health are as follows:

* Applicants should have obtained a minimum of an upper-second class degree from a recognised university, in a subject appropriate to the course of study
* Applicants who have worked in health-related activities in developing countries 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.

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Accreditation

You can browse our Programming for Nutrition Outcomes, a free open-access educational resource, supported by the Department for International Development. This Master's-level module has been designed to explore the complicated problem of undernutrition, highlight its multi-sectoral causes and identify potential programmatic solutions.Click on the links at the end of the programme profile to access the sessions. Please note that these are self-study sessions and that no certification or tutorial support is provided, but there is a brief assessment at the end of each session to test your knowledge.

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