Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Program Description

Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

PG Certificate in Public Health (Distance Learning)

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to address diverse global public health issues. The course covers promoting health and prevention of diseases; the provision and evaluation of treatment and care; and the investigation and control of environmental threats to health. The emphasis is on the use, development and evaluation of conceptual models, methods of analysis, and practical, effective interventions.

The course draws on a wide range of health and social science disciplines. It is interactive, using exercises that build on the personal experience of participants.

Applicants come from diverse backgrounds. Many are health professionals working at a service or policy level, while others wish to obtain public health skills that they can apply to their work in development, community services, government, research or teaching.



Aims and Objectives

This course aims to develop:

  • the knowledge and skills to contribute to the health of populations, communities and disadvantaged groups
  • the ability to apply the core disciplines of public health (statistics, epidemiology, health economics and social research) to real world health problems
  • a deeper understanding of public health issues and an academic qualification that will enhance your career development in health-related fields


Course Structure

The course comprises 4 compulsory modules:

  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Principles of Social Research


To complete the Postgraduate Certificate, two additional modules must be studied, selected from the following list:

Issues in Public Health; Environment, Health & Sustainable Development; Health Promotion Theory; Health Services; and Health Policy, Process & Power.



Course Duration

Each compulsory module will require 100-125 hours learning time.

On successful completion of the core modules, students can exit the programme with a PG Certificate in Public Health, or proceed to advanced modules, PG Diploma and MSc studies.



Academic Requirements

One of thefollowing:

  • A first or second-class honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university of other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course
  • An appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years' relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis


Students who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.



Language Requirements

For awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous three years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level:

  • IELTS with an overall average of at least 7 with a minimum of 7 in written sub-test, or
  • TOEFL score of 600 (or 250 in the computerised test) and a minimum of 5 in the TWE, or
  • A British Council (IELTS) overall score of 7 or over with a minimum of 7 in the written sub-test, or
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum overall score of 100 including a minimum score of 24 in the test of written English taken within the last 3 years.


Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.



Computer Requirements

As one of our students, you need to have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the Virtual Learning Environment, and accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need to have access to appropriate software, for example, a PDF reader and suitable hardware capacity on your computer e.g. for document storage. Additional requirements include that you have JavaScript and cookies enabled to access particular online systems such as the Student Portal.



Supported Browsers include:

  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Firefox 5+
  • Chrome 13+


Screen resolution (recommended)


1024 x 768 or greater

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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