Taught course

One Health: ecosystems, humans and animals

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine · Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Entry requirements

Applications for this course are processed by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).
Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, animal sciences, social sciences, statistics and economics, are all encouraged to apply. Applicants from overseas will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension.

Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is delivered jointly by LSHTM and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). It addresses a broad range of topics under the One Health paradigm and provides a foundation in the principles of diseases in the context of sociological systems, global health and food safety. Students develop skills related to methodology, transdisciplinary interactions and using a systems approach.
By the end of this programme, students will be able to:
  • interpret the One Health concept and what it may mean in different contexts
  • apply a One Health approach to complex disease issues using systems thinking, a trans-disciplinary approach, and apply concepts in order to address multi-faceted problems
  • demonstrate learning and understanding of disease ecology, evolution and emergence, and the drivers of and impact of disease (social, economic, biological, demographic, ecological); evaluate disease control and prevention options
  • demonstrate the necessary cognitive skills (such as planning, logic and reasoning, comprehension) and scientific skills, including critically reviewing scientific literature, and design and analysis of laboratory and/or field studies
  • demonstrate, and continue to develop key skills such as application of scientific knowledge to real world issues in One Health, communication and networking skills, information gathering, statistical numeracy, problem solving and integration of knowledge, ethics and values
  • carry out an independent research project, write the results in the form of a journal article and defend their project orally (MSc only).
This course is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma.
Find out more about the MSc One Health: ecosystems, humans and animals programme on the LSHTM website.
Applications for this course are processed by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

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. These pages are updated regularly as new scholarships become available. However, we recommend that students also look into alternative sources of funding. You may also wish to check the RVC website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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