Master's programmes

Improve your skills to improve the future of health care

It has been so rewarding to meet friends and colleagues from around the world, and to learn about Health Policy in such diverse contexts.

Katelyn Smalley, Msc International Health Policy 2017


Meet the students of LSE Department of Health Policy Meet the students of LSE Department of Health Policy
In this video you can meet some of our students as they talk about why they came to study at LSE and where they will be going next. LSE Film & Audio

 The Department of Health Policy offers four full-time master's programmes. In just a year, we prepare you to take the next step in your career in health policy, health economics and health care management. 

Each of our programme is built on the most recent evidence and efficient methods in the field of health care. You will learn the skills and gain the knowledge you need to have real impact in whatever field within health you decide to work in after your graduation.

Our faculty is among the best in their specialised fields. They are all active researchers, helping to develop new methods and implement solutions to some of the biggest challenges in health care today. They regularly consult with governments around the world and large health organisations, such as WHO. 

Our graduates go on to careers in international and national health policy and planning, research, advisory or advocacy roles in governments and international agencies.This includes public and private health care organisations, governments, pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, NGOs, and international organisations.

Below you can explore our four full-time master's programmes and click through to the full programme descriptions, including details on how to apply. If you have any questions email us at


MSc Global Health Policy

Programme Directors: Dr Clare Wenham and Dr Olivier Wouters

Through analysis of health policy and economics, the programme explores global health issues and policy concerns affecting low- and middle-income countries. It offers a variety of theortical and applied approaches to address the mechanisms behind global health activity. 

Engaging with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, you will gain insights into a range of approaches to global health policy as you learn crucial skills in health economics, sociology, public policy, and demography.

This programme is for you if you want a career in global health, such as policy analysis, evidence review, and cost-effectiveness analysis. 

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MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing

Programme Director: Dr Justin Parkhurst

The programme teaches you to critically analyse issues in health policy, planning and financing and enables you to devise appropriate health policy responses. Taking a multidisciplinary approach to formulate, design, implement, evaluate and appraise health policies and plans, will give you a step up in your career.

This is a joint programme with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

This programme is for you if you want to work in health policy and planning roles in national governments, international organisations, research and management consultancy, industry, and the voluntary sector. 

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MSc International Health Policy

Programme Directors: Dr Pepita Barlow and Dr Joan Costa-Font

In the MSc International Health Policy programme, you analyse current and emerging health care problems and the range of health policies being developed to meet them. You examine important international health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles. You also learn to do comparative analysis of health systems.

This programme is for you if you want a career in health administration and management in the public and private health sector.

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MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

Programme Director: Dr Ranjeeta Thomas

As a specialist stream of the MSc International Health Policy degree, the programme develops your skills in advanced health economics, health care economic evaluation, applied health econometrics, and performance measurement. You learn how to develop solutions to key health policy issues using advanced economic principles. 

This programme is for you if you are looking to specialise in health economics. 

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If you are not in a position to study full-time take a look at our executive programmes which offers a more flexible way to study.