Masters in International Public Health - Sexual and Reproductive Health

MSc International Public Health (Sexual and Reproductive Health)



FULL-TIME: 1 year . Accepting Applications for programme starting 14 September 2015

Programme Contact: Registry, E: [email protected]

Director of Studies: Dr Esther Richards E: [email protected]



Olufunmilayo Olumide – MSc International Public Health (Sexual & Reproductive Health) (2011)

One of my most memorable experiences from LSTM was meeting the fantastic 2010/11 MIPH class; it has been wonderful being a part of this great and amazing class. We have helped one another throughout the year and we ended up bonding like a family. What impressed me the most was LSTM’s ability to source for topics and co-ordinate overseas projects for students outside their home countries; co-ordinating these projects can be rather challenging but somehow students are all taken care of and are able to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom even before they graduate from the institution. This is beneficial for the School because LSTM graduates can compete anywhere in the world. After my studies, I hope to return to Nigeria putting into practice all I have learnt and acquired in the past year, mostly in areas of programme implementation and public health research as I also hope to start a PhD in the near future.


Programme Outline

This programme equips graduates to provide leadership and technical support in public health in middle and low income countries. It covers the whole breadth of public and global health, including key disciplinary skills in epidemiology and social science and applied topics such as disease control and programme management. Students can follow one of four pathways, which are distinguished by a defined combination of Core and Recommended modules and by a dissertation project on a topic appropriate to the pathway. Students have the opportunity of spending a period of study outside the UK undertaking a client-based or student-initiated dissertation project, which enables them to practise their problem-solving skills and specialist knowledge in a real setting. The project is often commissioned by health ministries, non-governmental organisations or international health agencies in middle and low income countries.

Programme Aims The curriculum has been designed to take account of current national and international priorities and policies in the field of International Public Health. All pathways aim to:

  • Provide an understanding of a range of health policies and strategies in a variety of social, epidemiological, cultural, economic and political settings in middle- and low- income countries
  • Enable students to comprehend and conduct public health-related research
  • Produce graduates who are experienced, committed, informed, proactive and effective professionals, capable of taking substantial and leading professional roles
  • Deliver high quality teaching that is informed by current research
  • Develop approaches to study that will enable graduates to continue to learn in the future

Pathway Aims

  • MSc International Public Health (Sexual and Reproductive Health, SRH) This pathway is aimed at students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of international aspects of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in middle and low income countries. It aims to provide students with knowledge and skills needed to enable them to contribute to the strengthening of health systems in support of SRH (including maternal & neonatal health, MNH); facilitate the implementation and scale-up of good practice; and raise awareness amongst politicians, professionals and the public of the need for more effective use of knowledge and tools to impact on SRH indicators.

Career Opportunities Many alumni of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) hold prominent positions in health ministries, universities, hospitals and international organisations throughout the world. Graduates are competitively placed to begin PhD programmes, seek employment as research assistants, work in developing countries with a wide variety of employers, or return to previous employers with enhanced knowledge and skills with which to advance their existing careers. This programme provides students with the skills, knowledge and understanding of health issues that will enable them to practise at a senior level in international health in a variety of statutory and non-statutory settings, including local, regional and national government, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and International Organisations (IOs) involved in health assistance-related activities.

Partial Scholarships available - scholarship information sent out after reaching "Conditional Offer" stage in the applications process. For further details on scholarships, please visit the scholarships page - /learning--teaching/applying-to-lstm/scholarships/

Entrance Requirements

  • Open to graduates of health-related disciplines, including medicine, Applicants should preferably have two years professional experience working in the health system at district, regional or national level, in developing countries. However, potential applicants with less than two years experience are invited to contact Dr Esther Richards (Director of Studies) for an informal discussion about their suitability for the programme
  • Non-graduates, who are suitably qualified by higher study or research, and applicants with satisfactory work experience and evidence of appropriate in-service training will also be considered
  • English language requirements