Master of Public Health - Humanitarian Health

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About the course

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.

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