Established in 1899, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. The School is part of the University of London, and is one of the highest-rated institutions in the UK.
The Schools community includes 4000 Masters (London-based and distance learning) and research students from over 120 countries, and its staff body from about 45. The fusion of staff and student experience provides a rich environment for students not only to learn from the staff but, importantly, to learn from each other. Alumni work in over 180 countries and many hold prominent positions in health ministries, universities, hospitals and international organisations around the world.
The School provides national and international focus in teaching and research in the areas pertaining to global health. These are validated and assessed at regular intervals.
The School has witnessed significant expansions in the recent years in taught courses, research and distance learning programmes. Some of the excellent facilities available at the School are the library, laboratories and computing facilities.
The School is highly ranked in various university league tables. It was named the world’s leading research-focused graduate school in the Times Higher Education World Rankings. In 2014, it was ranked in the top 10 universities in the world for citation rate by the new EU-supported U-Multirank database, and third in the world for social science and public health in the US News Best Global Universities Ranking. According to the results of the UK government's Research Excellence Framework, published in 2014, the School was ranked second overall (after the Institute for Cancer Research) on the key measure of impact. In 2015, the School was ranked top in Europe for impact by the Leiden Ranking. The School is a member of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies, a grouping of organisations committed to improving global health.
The School won the Gates Award for Global Health in 2009. The award was established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to recognise organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to improving global health. The School is both the first academic institution to win the award and the first British winner.