London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London

Control of Infectious Diseases

The course bridges the disciplines of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health and policy for training and retraining of students who wish to work directly on multidisciplinary practical approach to control of infectious diseases; the course equips students with specialised skills that facilitate a career role in control of infectious diseases as staff of health ministries, regional or local health departments, national or international disease control agencies, international aid organisations or universities; at the end of this course students are able to investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections, select appropriate methods of control, design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods, assess constraints of local public health delivery systems, manage available resources in the context of the control of infectious diseases, and focus their efforts on particular geographical regions or specific diseases.

Entry requirements

Applicants require at least 1 of the following: a 2nd Class Honours degree from a recognised university in an appropriate subject; an appropriate registrable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies. Additional preferred requirements are: an appropriate technical qualification; some prior public health / overseas experience. Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement of a 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

Course modules

Core modules; plus 5 optional modules from the following: childhood eye disease and ocular infections; clinical infectious diseases 1; clinical virology; designing disease control programmes in developing countries; economic analysis for health policy; epidemiology and control of malaria; health care evaluation; health promotion approaches and methods; maternal and child nutrition; research design and analysis; study design: writing a proposal; advanced diagnostic parasitology; analytical models for decision making; clinical bacteriology 1; clinical infectious disease 2; conflict and health; design and analysis of epidemiological studies; health systems; population, poverty and environment; qualitative methodologies; statistical methods in epidemiology; applied communicable disease control; basic parasitology; clinical infectious diseases 3; control of reproductive tract/sexually transmitted infections; current issues in motherhood and perinatal health; economic evaluation; medical anthropology and public health; modelling and the dynamics of infectious diseases; nutrition in emergencies; social epidemiology; spatial epidemiology in public health; tropical environmental health; vector sampling, identification and incrimination; clinical bacteriology 2; clinical infectious diseases 4; epidemiology and control of communicable diseases; ethics, public health and human rights; globalisation and health; organisational management; sexual health; vector biology and vector parasite interaction; advances statistical methods in epidemiology; AIDS; antimicrobial chemotherapy; applying public health in developing countries; integrated vector management; integrating module: health promotion; integrating module: health services management; mycology; nutrition programme planning; principles and practice of public health.

Assessment methods

Students complete a research project studying aspects of an intervention programme.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,300 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 19,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,150 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 9,725 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Camden WC1E 7HT South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
020 7299 4646