MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing

Programme code: TIHPPF

Department: Health Policy

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations
Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (five units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full-year programme taught jointly with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Students must take courses to the value of five units as shown below, and undertake a 10,000 word dissertation. It is highly recommended that students select courses which spread the workload over the course of the year. The dissertation will be completed during the summer.


Course number and title



Financing Health Care (H)



1107 Health Services (H) or (LSHTM) 1117 Health, Policy Process and Power


Obligation for all students to take one additional course (half unit) at LSE from the following:



Foundations of Health Policy (H)


Health Economics (H)


Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy (H)


Obligation for all students to take one additional course (half unit) at LSHTM from the following:



1107 Health Services (H)


1117 Health Policy, Process and Power (H)


1123 Issues in Public Health (H)


2001 Basic Epidemiology (H)


Two LSE Courses* from the following:



Measuring Health System Performance (H)


Health Systems and Policies in Developing Countries (H)


Health Care Economic Evaluation (H)


Advanced Health Economics (H)


Statistical Methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation (H)


Behavioural Economics and the Valuation of Health Outcomes (H)


Behavioural Public Policy (H)

Another LSE Course (not listed above) with permission.


Two LSHTM Courses* from the following:



1304 Health Impact and Decision Analysis (H)


1402 Conflict and Health (H)


1403 Organisational Management (H)


1501 Economic Evaluation (H)


1503 Globalisation and Health (H)


1504 Economic Analysis for Health Policy (H)


1606 Analytical Models for Decision Making (H)


1808 Health Systems (H)

Another LSHTM Course (not listed above) with permission.



Dissertation for MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing


* At the discretion of the Programme Directors, students may be given the flexibility to choose an additional course from one institution, up to a total of four courses between both institutions under Papers 5, 6, 7 and 8. For example, three courses from LSE under Papers 5-6 and one course from LSHTM under Papers 7-8, or vice versa.

It is not always possible to offer students a place on each of their preferred courses. This is particularly the case where courses are offered outside the Department of Health Policy (i.e. not prefixed with 'HP').

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.