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Master's programmes

Change 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

 

 

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MSc Health Data Science

The MSc in Health Data Science is a programme designed to equip future health data analysts with the skills they need to interpret, analyse, assess, and evaluate health interventions, services, programmes, and policies. This is a joint programme between the LSE’s Department of Health Policy and the Department of Statistics.

 

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MSc Global Health Policy

The MSc Global Health Policy explores health issues affecting low- and middle-income countries as well as other global health issues from political science, policy and economic perspectives. Learn theoretical and applied approaches to address the mechanisms behind global health activity, as well as tangible skills for careers in global health, including the critical analysis of policy and economic issues and the review and production of rigorous evidence for policymakers.

 

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MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing

The MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing is a joint programme with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). It teaches you to take a multidisciplinary approach to formulate, design, implement, evaluate and appraise health policies and plans and enables you to devise appropriate health policy responses. The programme provides training relevant to countries at all levels of development, although you can choose to specialise, drawing on both the social science expertise of the LSE and the public health knowledge of LSHTM.

 

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MSc International Health Policy

In the MSc International Health Policy programme, you will analyse current and emerging health care problems in a variety of high-income and emerging countries and the range of health policies being developed to meet them internationally. This programme also includes the possibility of a placement as part of the curriculum.

 

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MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

The MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics) is a stream of the MSc International Health Policy programme that allows you to study and specialise in advanced health economics. You will develop quantitative and analytical skills to examine, through the lens of health economics principles, important health policy issues relevant to a range of countries and market actors. This programme also includes the possibility of a placement as part of the curriculum.

Which programme is best for me?

The main differences between the MSc programmes are: the types of countries which the programmes focus on (high-income versus low-income), which affects the courses undertaken; the facilitation of dissertation placements; and the opportunity to study across two institutions.

There are some compulsory courses which are undertaken in all our programmes. This is because we consider them to be applicable to all countries, regardless of their level of income. Our programmes also allow students to take optional courses across the department. This means that you may be able to take courses from other programmes if your timetable allows.

As the main differences lie in the courses on offer, we recommend reviewing the courses for each programme to identify what topics and skills interest you the most. You can find this information on the programme pages in the links below, under the Programme structure and courses tab. Please keep in mind that regulations are subject to change and some course options are not available. All our taught MSc programmes include a dissertation as part of the curriculum.

MSc Global Health Policy

This programme draws on expertise in political science and economics to analyse a range of global health issues and policy responses affecting low- and middle-income countries. The programme courses can be found here. 

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing

This programme does not focus on countries of a particular income level, but you can choose to specialise through your optional courses. This is a joint programme with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, so you will choose courses from across both schools and graduate with a degree from two universities. The programme courses can be found here. 

MSc International Health Policy

The focus of study for this programme is on health policy in high-income settings, for example looking at a range of health policy and economic activity in Europe, North America and other developed economies. This programme includes the possibility of a placement as part of the curriculum. The programme courses can be found here. 

MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

The MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics) is a specialist stream developed for economists looking to specialise in health. Students in this programme should have prior training in economics, mathematics, statistics or another quantitative subject. This programme also includes the possibility of a placement as part of the curriculum. The programme courses can be found here. 

What about the executive programmes?

The executive programmes we offer differ from our MSc programmes in their entry requirements and teaching timetable. The specialised executive programmes are designed for health professionals with a teaching schedule that allows you to study around full-time work. The executive programmes are delivered over two years with an intensive two-week teaching block on campus twice a year. 
Explore our executive programmes


Meet the students of the LSE Department of Health Policy

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