M.Sc. Public Health for Development

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP21500 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP9150 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| London, England, United Kingdom
The Public Health for Development course from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine equips students with skills needed to appreciate and analyse the state of public health in low- and middle-income countries and to design and evaluate actions to address public health concerns. We consider public health and the provision of health services from a multidisciplinary perspective.



Students on the MSc Public Health for Development course from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have substantial experience of planning or implementing public health programmes, of teaching or public-health-related research and wish to hone their critical professional skills. They have been based in low- or middle-income countries for two years or more, engaged in public health efforts in a range of contexts which may include Ministries of Health or NGOs in stable states, conflict areas or humanitarian relief. We complement formal teaching with peer learning that builds on this professional experience and frames knowledge of public health within a development context.

Students develop public health research skills including statistics and epidemiology, and build on these to tailor a course to suit their professional needs. In the summer, students undertake a supervised research project which focuses on a Public Health question in a low- or middle-income country.

Graduates from this course work in global health, health service management, in health programmes in low-income countries, in NGOs, and in research.

By the end of the programme, students will able to:

  • articulate a critical understanding of a range of topics related to public health in low- and middle-income settings;
  • apply public health research skills to examine critically a range of public health questions;
  • evaluate actions designed to improve public health;
  • formulate evidence-based and appropriate strategies to control health problems and promote health;
  • frame their knowledge of public health within a development context.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • GBP21500 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP9150 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Part-time / Split-study : Home : £4,575; Overseas : £10,750

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Term 1

Students take the following compulsory modules, which are assessed formatively during the term and form the basis of one of the final exam papers in the summer:

  • Extended Epidemiology
  • Health Policy, Process & Power
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Principles of Social Research
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

Terms 2 and 3

Students take five modules in terms 2 and 3, working with personal tutors to identify a pathway through the course which best serves their career. They may choose to develop research skills in statistics and epidemiology; qualitative methods; health policy; or health economics. They may also choose to develop a specialist public health focus such as: vector control; maternal and newborn health; sexual and reproductive health; or water, sanitation and health.

Most students take the unifying module Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries in Term 3. This module builds on the learning from Terms 1 and 2 so students apply public health disciplines to review evidence, produce policy recommendations, develop strategic public health programme plans and conduct strategic reviews.

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The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme 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 for the MSc Public Health for Development, successful candidates are expected to have lived in a developing country and worked in activities related to public health for a minimum of two years.

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

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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This course is accredited by the Agency for Accreditation of Public Health Education in the European Region (APHEA) which is the accreditation body of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

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