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The TCC forms part of the LSHTM Clinical Trials Unit. We are a centre of excellence, supporting the development and evaluation of public health interventions worldwide. Our focus is the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. We work closely with the Cochrane Injuries Group, also located in the Department, and are affiliated to the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Injury and Violence Prevention.
The Department of Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research (NPHIR) consists of a multi-disciplinary team aiming to become a centre of excellence to support the testing and evaluation of public health interventions in developing countries and in the UK, with a focus on interventions to reduce the excess burden of ill health associated with poverty and deprivation. In particular, the Department aims to facilitate the development of appropriate policies and interventions to reduce this burden, based both on the investigation of new issues and key policies, and on a re-appraisal of existing knowledge. The Department has strong links with many overseas research groups. The Head of Department is Dr Phil Edwards.

The Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health (EPH) houses a large group of epidemiologists, demographers, statisticians and nutritionists working on issues of major public health importance in the UK and globally. EPH has around 300 staff members organised into five research departments.

Department of Population Studies
Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
Department of Medical Statistics
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
Department of Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research

The Faculty has a teaching programme consisting of nine MSc courses: Epidemiology, Demography and Health, Medical Statistics, Public Health in Developing Countries (run jointly with the Faculties of Infectious & Tropical Diseases and Public Health & Policy), Public Health Nutrition, Reproductive & Sexual Health Research, Veterinary Epidemiology (run jointly with the Royal Veterinary College), and the Distance Learning courses in Epidemiology and Clinical Trials. The Faculty also has approximately 150 research students studying for an MPhil, PhD or DrPH degree. The Head of Faculty is Professor
Professor Laura Rodriguez.


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is one of Europe's leading schools of Public Health and a leading postgraduate institution worldwide for research and postgraduate education in global health.

Part of the University of London, the London School is the largest institution of its kind in Europe, with a remarkable depth and breadth of expertise encompassing many disciplines. The School was ranked one of the top three research institutions in the country in the Times Higher Education's "table of excellence", which is based on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), ahead of the London School of Economics, University of Oxford, Imperial College and University College London. The institution also achieved the largest increase in ranking compared with 2001, of any of the top 10 institutions in the RAE rankings. In 2009, the School became the first UK institution to win the Gates Award for Global Health.

The School's environment is a rich multicultural one: there are almost 4000 students from 100+ countries following 22 taught masters courses delivered either in London (~650) or through distance learning (~2700), and undertaking research degree training (~400). Over 40% of these students are from non-European countries. The largest growth has been in distance learning students (>40% over 3 years), though the London based student population (where accommodation limits growth) is at its highest level ever. Alumni are working in more than 180 countries. The School has about 1400 staff drawn from over 60 nationalities.

There are research collaborations with over 100 countries throughout the world, utilising our critical mass of multidisciplinary expertise which includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists, immunologists, ophthalmologists, anthropologists, virologists, pharmacologists and nutritionists. At any one time around 100 School staff are based overseas, particularly in Africa and Asia. We have a strong commitment to partnership with institutions in low and middle income countries to support the development of teaching and research capacity.

The School has expanded greatly in recent years. Its research funding now exceeds m£62.4 per annum, much of it from highly competitive national and international sources. The commitment of staff to methodological rigour, innovative thinking and policy relevance will ensure that the School continues to occupy a leadership position in national and global health, adapting quickly to new challenges and opportunities.

MISSION: The School's mission 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.

More information on the School is available on its web site at

Last updated 12 August 2011