MSc Control of Infectious Diseases – LSHTM

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases – LSHTM


The MSc Control of Infectious Diseases is for people who want to make a direct contribution to control of diseases and to improvement of international health It contains multidisciplinary teaching but also incorporates a research project that takes them overseas to endemic areas and it has focused teaching components which are designed to facilitate their future career development The students acquire a wide range of skills from the course In the first term they are given skills in epidemiology, public health and policy or health economics understanding disease transmission cycles, life cycles of parasites and basic statistics So that first term gives them a broad, multidisciplinary platform We then help students to choose relevant optional modules that focus on their particular career path The MSc Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School is really interdisciplinary It requires that you study statistics and epidemiology so all of these skills-based disciplines alongside the pathogens, the biology and the really important disease work that we do I chose to study at the School because of its reputation In my field of work in international public health and development it’s well known to be one of the best of its kind so I didn’t pay any other consideration to it I only applied to this School I would definitely recommend the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases It’s a brilliant course for anybody who is interested in understanding the major control programmes of infectious diseases as well as getting the grounding that you would get through a public health degree so you get the epidemiology and the economics side of things as well as the infectious disease control I suppose the thing that I’ve most enjoyed has been the outbreak investigation that was in Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases which was one of the courses that we had to take in our third term here and basically it’s a three-day group work exercise where you’re given information about an outbreak and your job as a team is to figure out what has happened What the outbreak was, where it was, how it started, what type of pathogen and then present it all in an outbreak report and it was messy and frustrating and such a great learning experience because it’s supposed to be all of those things so the great thing about the London School is that it’s not just lectures It’s lectures but it’s also the practical component The research project is quite a unique feature of the course It was certainly entirely unique when the course was set up It takes students to endemic regions and they join in real-life disease control scenarios so it’s very important for their formative skills and coping with the real world and their future career development The background of our course is quite international I’m from Canada and there are plenty of other people from all round the world In fact I’d say that there are UK students but they’re definitely in the minority And in terms of background career-wise, some of us have just come from undergrad some of us have come from a couple of years of work experience and some of us have come from a decade or more of experience in public health The great thing about all of these different types of people is that you can learn from your peers The course has given me the knowledge I need to be able to work on health programmes on many of the infectious diseases that I’ve studied and it also gives you a taste of what is out there and the more that you still don’t know so that probably in the future it might be nice to do a PhD I’ve learned what the options are out there and it’s helped me to tailor my career to exactly the infectious diseases that I want to pursue I’m hoping to do something in public health and use my epidemiology skills but also use the fact that I’ve spent a lot of time working on HIV/AIDS at the School so I’ve got sort of a public health, policy, health economics background that the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases gave me but I’m also looking to go into a very disease-specific role in the future Students on the course get a wide range of teaching support both from within the School and from outside We invite appropriate experts to come in and share their experience and their skills By and large I’ve been really very impressed by the professors here Instead of being a lecturer and student relationship it’s very much on par and equal and they’re very generous with their time They speak to us as peers and it’s more of a collaborative relationship that a dominant relationship One strength of the course in the Control of Infectious Diseases is the community spirit in the class and the fact that that goes beyond the end of the course So we now have former CID students all over the world and doing wonderful things and many of them keep in touch with each other and that’s very helpful for arranging future projects and for future career opportunities This is the CID sweater This is the front with the London School crest and then on the back in massive letters it says “Control of Infectious Diseases” and then all of our names and the year that we hope to graduate!

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