A special strength of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's research is its multi-disciplinary nature: leading researchers have backgrounds in public health medicine, epidemiology, clinical medicine, infectious diseases, chemotherapy, biochemistry, immunology, genetics, molecular biology, entomology, statistics, demography, health economics, public health engineering, medical anthropology, health promotion, environmental health management and health policy.
The mission of LSHTM is to contribute to the improvement of health worldwide through the pursuit of excellence in research, postgraduate teaching and advanced training in national and international public health and tropical medicine, and through informing policy and practice in these areas.
The spectrum of infectious diseases studied at LSHTM is wide and there are major research groups with a focus on malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, vaccine development and evaluation, and vector biology and disease control. LSHTM has strong overseas links, which provide a basis for field studies and international collaborations in developed and developing countries.
The teaching programme includes MSc courses, taught in-house and by distance learning, which are modular in structure, a variety of short courses and an active doctoral programme (PhD and DrPH). Residential, distance learning and mixed option MSc programmes are offered.