London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Established 1899
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Postgraduate Health & Research


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a postgraduate and research institution specialising in public and global health. Founded in 1899, it has over 1,000 Master’s and research students enrolled in London and another 3,000 taking courses via distance learning.

The School’s global outreach is huge, with centres around the world focusing on areas such as malaria, tuberculosis, tropical epidemiology, non-communicable diseases, global mental health, mathematical modelling, evaluation of public health interventions, and maternal, reproductive, adolescent and child health. The director, Professor Peter Piot, co-discovered the Ebola virus and was founding director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations.

More than 600 academic staff are based across three faculties:

  • Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Infectious and Tropical Diseases
  • Public Health & Policy

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is continuing to expand and is developing a new Research Institute that will bring together the largest concentration of infectious disease researchers in the world.


  • Awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for world-leading work on COVID-19 and pandemic preparedness.
  • 3rd in the world and 1st in the UK for Public Health (ShanghaiRanking 2022)
  • 18th in the world for medicine (2023 QS World University Rankings)
  • 151-200th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023



The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine does not have its own accommodation, but does have a small selection of rooms in the University of London intercollegiate halls. The student support team are also happy to assist new students with help and advice on accommodation.


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