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Global Health Policy

MSc, PGDip and PGCert

The MSc in Global Health Policy will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the planning and delivery of policy responses to global health concerns and issues. You will examine approaches to effective policy-making and policy responses, which contribute to the protection and promotion of population health and both national and transnational levels.

The programme is 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.

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MSc Global Health Policy graduate Molly Williams shares her experience studying via distance learning with the University of London and LSHTM.

Course details

  • MSc: You complete either 12 modules (8 electives) or 9 modules (5 electives) plus a project report.
  • PGDip: You complete 8 modules (4 electives).
  • PGCert: You complete 4 modules.

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Application deadline 30 September 2018
Registration deadline 31 October 2018

Short courses


 
Application deadline30 September 2018
Registration deadline 31 October 2018

These short course dates do not include Clinical Trials (CTM) modules.

Please note, anyone registering after 30th September cannot request an extension to assignment deadlines or extenuating circumstances.

The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to certain deadlines), using the study materials provided and with support available from academic staff.

Study materials

Your study materials are provided online via the Virtual Learning Environment. They may include subject guides, textbooks, additional computer software (e.g. Stata), past examination papers, and handbooks.

All of your study materials are made available in October.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your University of London Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others. Tutors are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year through the VLE.
  • The LSHTM library resources and the University of London Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Teaching staff facilitate and moderate online discussions, respond to academic enquiries, and provide personalised written feedback and advice on assignments.

Time commitment

You should expect to study for 15-25 hours per week throughout the study year if you wish to complete your qualification in the minimum time allowed (one year for the Postgraduate Certificate, two years for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc). Most students take between three and five years to complete the MSc.

Assessment

This varies from module to module but can include a combination of unseen written examinations and written assignments. More details can be found on individual module pages.

Exams are held in June each year. You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world (mainly Ministries of Education or the British Council). Each centre charges a fee for hosting exams.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

For entry to the programme, you will need the equivalent of a UK first or second-class honours degree from an acceptable institution.

Relevant subjects include sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy) or social sciences (e.g. anthropology, demography, development, economics, environmental studies, geography, human rights, international relations, law, politics, sociology).

Find equivalent qualifications where you live.

English Language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with 6.5 in the written test and 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.
  • TOEFL iBT: 100 overall, with 24+ in writing, 23+ in speaking, 22+ in reading and 21+ in listening.
  • Pearson Test (Academic): 68 overall, with 62+ in writing and 59+ in listening, reading and speaking.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: 185 overall, with 176+ in writing and 169+ in listening.

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

If you do not meet these requirements but believe you can meet the standard, we may still consider your application.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

View the Programme Specification to see the computer requirements for this programme.

The fees below apply if you begin during the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Full course fee 
MSc£ 13,660
Postgraduate Diploma£ 10,820
Postgraduate Certificate£ 7,980
Pay as you go 
Registration fee£ 1,260
Core module£ 1,680
Elective module£ 710
Final project (MSc only)£ 2,130
Individual courses (Standalone) 
Total per course£ 2,000

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Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

The programmes will be relevant both for those wishing to move into health planning or promotion at national or international levels and for those who are planning to work for international agencies engaged with global health problems.

"The Global Health Policy course provided exactly what I needed. For me, participating in interactive programs was the most helpful way to stay connected."

Dr Masatoki Adachi, Japan

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has an international presence, and is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. It was crowned University of the Year in 2016 by Times Higher Education for its extraordinary response to the Ebola crisis.

The Faculty of Public Health and Policy has around 150 staff, carrying out research in environmental factors, health policy, health promotion, and health services. In addition to the main activities in research and teaching, faculty members provide advice, consultancy and information on a wide range of public health and health care policy issues.

Academic leaders

Dr Preslava Stoeva, Programme Director, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health and Development. Her current research concerns global health governance and health security in fragile and conflict-affected states. Preslava has taught widely at undergraduate and graduate level, covering a range of topics from security studies and human rights to foreign policy analysis.

Dr Emma Hutchinson is Programme Content Director for the Public Health module, 'Environmental Health and Sustainable Development'. As an environmental epidemiologist, Emma’s research concerns environmental health risk assessment, particularly in the areas of indoor and outdoor air pollution.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Can I get sponsored?

If you are employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fee if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer?

Free online courses

The School offers several free online courses on a wide range of health topics. These provide a great insight into the independent learning experience.

See a full list.

Open days

The School holds regular open days in London. You can come and meet staff and students and receive a tour of the School.

Find the next open day.

Chiara Valdesolo, MSc Global Health Policy, Italy

Chiara Valdesolo - MSc Global Health Policy

"Halfway through my MSc, I have gone from having a general background to becoming specialised in an expanding sector."