MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing

Courses for 2022 entry



Programme structure
Full-year programme taught jointly with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Students must take courses to the value of five units as shown below, and undertake a 10,000 word dissertation (value of one unit). It is mandatory that students take equal number of half-unit value courses (4:4 split) between the two institutions. It is required that exactly two first-term courses are taken at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The dissertation will be completed during the summer. For information about LSHTM courses, the LSHTM module specifications can be viewed here.

Course availability and details are subject to change, please see LSE Course Policy section and Programme Regulations for more information. Please view course guides for information on prerequisites.


Paper 1


Paper 2

Choose one course from the following:

Find out more about the courses on the LSHTM website


Paper 3

Obligation for all students to take one additional course to the value of 0.5 units at LSE from the following:



Paper 4

Obligation for all students to take one additional course to the value of 0.5 units at LSHTM from the following:

Find out more about the courses on the LSHTM website

Papers 5 & 6

Choose LSE courses to the value of 1.0 units from the following:














Or another LSE course (not listed above) with permission or any additional LSE course listed under Paper 3.

Papers 7 & 8

Choose two LSHTM courses from the following:

  • (LSHTM) 1127 Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1400 Health Care Evaluation (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1402 Conflict and Health (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1403 Organisational Management (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1501 Economic Evaluation (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1503 Globalisation and Health (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1504 Economic Analysis for Health Policy (0.5) 
  • (LSHTM) 1606 Health Decision Science (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1701 Reviewing the Literature (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1803 Sociological Approaches to Health (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1807 Health Promotion Approaches and Methods (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 1808 Health Systems (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 2342 Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 2401 Family Planning Programmes (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 2402 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 2407 Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 2417 Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 2437 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 2459 Current Issues in Safe Motherhood and Perinatal Health (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 2472 Social Epidemiology (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 3135 Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 3189 Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 3195 Epidemiology and Control of Malaria (0.5)
  • (LSHTM) 3198 Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries (0.5)

Another LSHTM course (not listed above) with permission. Find out more about the courses on the LSHTM website

Paper 9




  • HP401 Introduction to Health Policy and Politics may not be combined with LSHTM 1117 Health Policy, Process and Power
  • HP422 Health Care Economic Evaluation may not be combined with LSHTM 1501 Economic Evaluation
  • HP420 Health Economics may not be combined with LSHTM 1103 Introduction to Health Economics.
  • Up to 1 unit of LSHTM option courses may be taken as the distance learning version of the course (please check Programme Regulations for further info).

LSE Course Policy

  You can find the most up-to-date programme calendar on the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.