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Master of Public Health (Humanitarian Health)

Master of Public Health (Humanitarian Health)

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Promotion

Course type


Course Summary

Programme Overview

This programme prepares students for leadership and equips them to assume an active role in and responsibilities for improving population health in a range of settings. It covers a wide breadth of contemporary issues in international public health and explores approaches to reducing health inequities by enhancing policy and practice based upon sound, evidence-based principles. The programme gives graduates key transferable knowledge and skills in epidemiology, research methods and social science.

The Humanitarian Health stream has a specialist focus on humanitarian assistance, examining current policies and practice in the field and exploring public health approaches to responding to the challenges of contemporary humanitarian problems. The Humanitarian Health stream will allow students interested in Public Health to further specialise and develop skills essential for humanitarian health leaders. The stream focuses on the particular challenges, constraints and requirements of working in the humanitarian sector, and allows students to explore themes relevant to this field such as working in conflict or unsafe situations, working with refugees and displaced population and understanding the increasing interaction between humanitarian crises and climate change.

Following the taught component, students on this stream complete a research dissertation project on a topic relevant to humanitarian health either overseas or locally, and could be desk based or field work. The programme is underpinned by LSTM’s mission to reduce the burden of sickness and mortality in disease endemic countries through the delivery of effective interventions which improve human health and are relevant to the poorest communities. The programme has been developed around a series of Public Health competencies.

Programme Structure

The MPH International - Humanitarian Health programme is modular in structure with each taught module worth 20 credits and the dissertation project 60 credits. Each module (20 credits) represents 200 hours of student learning including assessments and self-directed study.

The MPH International - Humanitarian Health is offered within a dynamic research-led environment and its content is informed by the cutting-edge research activities of the academic staff. It is designed to enable the professional development of the student, to be relevant to students from both the UK and overseas and to promote approaches to study that will enable graduates to continue their learning into the future.

Students can carry out a fieldwork-based dissertation project overseas, in a local setting or can conduct a literature-based project that does not involve travelling abroad. All types of project have the key aims of developing the students’ skills in formulating a research question, designing and implementing a research project and critically interpreting and presenting the findings. The timing of modules across the academic year recognises the financial and time constraints faced by LSTM students, many of whom are from outside UK.


Research Methods in Public Health (30 Credits)
Key Themes in International Health and Health Policy (30 Credits)
Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (20 Credits)
Management of Refugee & Displaced Populations & Transitions from Conflict to Peace (10 Credits)
Research Project (60 Credits)

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Entry requirements

This course is open to health professionals and graduates in health or related disciplines. Non-graduates with considerable work experience in the health sector of low or middle income countries and evidence of continued academic development through appropriate in-service training will also be considered. Medical students who have completed at least three years of study and wish to intercalate are also accepted onto the programme subject to having appropriate experience.