Taught course

Health in Humanitarian Crises (by Distance Learning)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine · Department of Epidemiology and Population Health

Entry requirements

All applicants are required to have:

  • the equivalent of a UK first or second-class honours degree in a relevant subject from an acceptable institution


  • an appropriate professional or technical qualification, plus three years' relevant experience.

Qualifications from around the world are accepted; for further guidance please see University of London's qualifications for entrance. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of LSHTM on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

English language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with 6.5 in the written test and 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.
  • TOEFL iBT: 100 overall, with 24+ in writing, 23+ in speaking, 22+ in reading and 21+ in listening.
  • Pearson Test (Academic): 68 overall, with 62+ in writing and 59+ in listening, reading and speaking.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: 185 overall, with 176+ in writing and 169+ in listening.
  • Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 130.

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

If you do not meet these requirements but believe you can meet the standard, the University of London may also consider your application.

Computer requirements

The computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • a web browser with Cookies and JavaScript enabled (latest version of Firefox or Chrome is recommended)
  • a good internet connection
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents/files of at least 50 MB

And the following applications installed:

  • Word processing software, for example Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
  • PDF reader, for example Adobe Acrobat Reader

Additional requirements:

  • A headset/microphone may be required to participate in "real time" online discussions

Months of entry


Course content

As armed conflicts persist and natural disasters are intensified by climate change, addressing the needs and challenges of vulnerable, displaced people in complex emergencies is a global priority. Gain the practical humanitarian skills and operational expertise you need to improve health in fragile and crisis-affected communities.

Study Heath in Humanitarian Crises to develop your current role or get ready for new positions in this vital field. Ours is one of the few distance learning courses available in this field.

What you will learn

  • Explore the humanitarian project cycle, including ethical considerations, policy issues, and global response architecture
  • Develop strong evidence-based decision-making skills for effective crisis response
  • Build on your critical analysis and evaluation skills to confidently gather critical information, assess and prioritise needs, design programmes and monitor intervention effectiveness
  • Apply a decolonial lens to understand how historical roots impact humanitarian ethics, political economy, and current barriers
  • Strengthen professional skills in problem-solving, time management, and written and verbal communication
  • Choose elective topics to complement the core course, that matter most to you and your career, from global mental health to medical anthropology.

Find out more about the Health in Humanitarian Crises by Distance Learning programme on the LSHTM website.

The final closing date for all applications to study Health in Humanitarian Crises by distance learning (MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert and individual modules) is 20 September 2024.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see the LSHTM website.
International students
Please see the LSHTM website.

For up to date information on funding available for postgraduate programmes at LSHTM, please visit our website.

Early payment fee reduction

An early payment fee reduction of 5% is available on any of our distance learning programmes if paid in full before 31 May 2024 for the academic year 2024/25.

You will be considered for the fee reduction if you receive an offer for the following programmes: Master’s, PG Diploma, PG Certificate or individual module in Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Global Health Policy and Health in Humanitarian Crises. Please see the Eligibility and Terms & Conditions (this link will direct you to the University of London website).

First Generation Scholarships

LSHTM is offering two scholarships to support students in the completion of an MSc degree by distance learning. These initiatives are designed to enable excellent students from groups who have been historically underrepresented in Higher Education at the postgraduate level to study, feel a sense of belonging and succeed at LSHTM. Find out more and apply by 6 April 2024.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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