Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Program Description

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

PG Diploma 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 begins with 4 compulsory modules:

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


These are followed by two additional modules, selected from the following list:

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

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, four elective modules must be studied. At least two of these (three are recommended), must be taken from the following list:

Analytical Models for Decision Making; Communicable Disease Control; Economic Analysis for Management & Policy; Economic Evaluation; Environmental Epidemiology; Environmental Health Policy; Health Care Evaluation; Financial Management; Globalisation & Health; Managing Health Services; Medical Anthropology in Public Health; Organisational Management; Principles and Practice of Health Promotion; Conflict and Health; History and Health; and Sexual Health.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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