LSHTM offers free online courses. Over 30,000 participants have completed the courses below, with more new courses in the pipeline.
The School’s free online courses were launched to align with the School’s mission of improving health worldwide. Free online courses are a way for the School’s cutting-edge research and world-class teachings to reach professionals who would otherwise be unable to undertake a course at the School.
The courses cover important topics linked to global health and give an introductory overview at postgraduate level on various topics.
An estimated 150 million people in 51 countries are affected by trachoma, a neglected tropical disease. It occurs in some of the poorest populations with limited access to clean water, sanitation, and healthcare, and is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. At present, we have a unique opportunity to eliminate this disease. This course aims to inform and support the personnel implementing and managing trachoma programmes at a district and community level
This course is designed for healthcare professionals or anyone working in a health organisation; undergraduate students taking a healthcare or science-related degree; medical students and postgraduates wishing to complement their studies; and anyone else with an interest in learning about the health of women, children and adolescents.
This course looks at the science behind the Zika outbreak in order to try and understand where the virus has come from, its symptoms, their effect on infected individuals, and how it can be controlled.
This free online course looks at how Ebola caused the recent humanitarian crisis and worldwide panic. It examines the science behind the outbreak, to understand why it has occurred on this scale and how it can be controlled. The course is taught by experts from a wide range of disciplines from epidemiologists and clinicians to anthropologists and health systems researchers and with contributions from experts who have been directly involved in the Ebola outbreak at different stages and from different angles.
This course is supported by the UK Department for International Development. It explores the problem of undernutrition, highlight its multi-sectoral causes and identify potential programmatic solutions. Chronic undernutrition affects nearly 200 million children in low and middle income countries, and there is strong evidence that undernutrition is associated with up to 45% of all child deaths globally. However, undernutrition is preventable. A set of direct nutrition specific interventions has been defined that, if brought to scale, could save millions of lives and contribute to long-term health and development.
This course was commissioned by Irish Aid and explores the multi-sectoral links between agriculture, nutrition and health, highlight current evidence and identify potential programmatic solutions. The latest State of Food and Agriculture report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation suggests that agricultural and food systems must now play an
increased role in promoting more nutritious and sustainable diets for populations all over the world.
Participants are introduced to the magnitude and causes of blindness at a global level, with an emphasis on low and middle income country settings.