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How to start

  • 1. Your offer

    You have been admitted. If you want to keep your place (seat), you do not have to reply to your offer.

    If you do not want to keep your place you should decline your offer by logging in to 'My pages' on, and follow the instructions. You should click "I wish to decline this offer" next to the course or programme you want to decline.

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    Support for students with disabilities

    If you are in need of special support due to disability, you should apply for that in good time before you start your studies. Find more information about support for studying with disabilities.

  • 2. Register on the course

    The course starts off with registration and introduction.(Self-registration is not available) You need to be registered for the course in the study documentation system Ladok to be able to follow the course and to get your results registered. If you are unable to attend the first lecture with registration, you need to contact the study administator Eva Selin or else you risk losing your place/seat in the course.

  • 3. Course start

    October 31

    Time: Will be updated later

    Schedule is published here no later than 30 days before the start of the course

    A schedule will be sent by mail before the course starts!


About the course

  • Course structure

    When you feel down by the depressing November weather
    There is no better cure than learning epidemiology together!
    At least that's a solution that most experts would endorse
    So why not act preventively, and take an epidemiology course?

    Lectures, paper discussions, computer and group exercises
    Are the principal teaching methods this course comprises
    English will be the language that we all will do our best to speak
    With accents from around the world, some strong, some weak

    First week we’ll cover epidemiological concepts and theory just fine
    And in the second move on to different measures and study design
    Third week we’ll spend practicing analysis, like logistic regressions
    And the fourth is about perspectives and applications in various sessions

    Then there’s a pause for the qualitative course implementation
    A winter break, study time, and in January written examination
    And for you who take the 10-credit course there’s also an assignment
    Which you’ll complete one week of January in solitary confinement

    Any questions? Send Eva an email (see the contact details below)
    If not, we’ll meet and greet you during fall with a friendly “hello”
    You’ll find attached the complete schedule – or a preliminary version
    And with that….we welcome you all to this epidemiology excursion!

    By courtesy of Per Gustafsson

    There will be a written examination in the end of November and also an 
    Individual Assignment (submitted in January)

    Learn more about the course in its syllabus


  • •Learning platform

    In this course, we use the learning platform Canvas. There you will find for example course schedule, instructions for exercises during the course and messages from the teachers. In order to get access to the learning platform, you sign in using your Umu-id user identity. You will get access to the Canvas site (Global Public health) after the roll call at the first day on the course. If you are not able to attend on the first day it's important that you let us know.

  • •Course litteratur

    Bhopal Raj S.
    Concepts of epidemiology: integrating the ideas, theories, principles and methods of epidemiology [Elektronisk resurs]
    Oxford : Oxford University Press : 2008 :
    Basic epidemiology [electronic resource]
    Bonita R., Beaglehole R., Kjellström Tord.
    2nd ed. : Geneva : World Health Organization : c2006. : 1 online resource (xi, 213 p.) :
    ISBN: 9789240681835 (electronic bk.)
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue
    Introduction to Epidemiology, Second Edition [Elektronisk resurs]
    Carneiro Ilona, Howard Natasha
    McGraw-Hill : 2011 :


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    To the checklist for admitted Students

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    Student life begins here

  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular semester, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but no later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme or course.

    If you will have student housing through the Housing Office at Umeå University you will receive information about your arrival in your offer of housing.

    Don't forget - Umeå has cold winters, so pack accordingly with a warm jacket, warm shoes, gloves and hat.

  • Orientation

    Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar language, culture and customs can be a challenge. We would like to help you and ease that challenge so that you can focus on your studies. Therefore, we would like to offer you the possibility to take part in our Orientation, which begins a few days before the start of the semester (Autumn) or the same day as the semester starts (Spring).

    More about the Orientation this semester.

  • Activate your user account

    As a new student, you need to activate your user account approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to, for instance:

    • access the internet in computer labs and the university's wireless network
    • register for courses
    • submit assignments and verify your study results
    • access your student e-mail

    If you are a new student, you will automatically receive a user account when you are admitted, but you will need to activate it for it to function properly. You will not be able to activate it until approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

    I want to learn more about my user account (Umu-id)

    For exchange students
    If you are an exchange student, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your account.

    Help! It's not working
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  • Get your UmU card

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    • building access
    • borrowing card for the University Library system
    • copying and printing card.

    To get the card, you need to apply for it. Here’s how to apply for the UmU card.

  • Join a student union

    There are three student unions at Umeå University:

    • Umeå Student Union
    • Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology
    • Umeå Medical and Health Sciences Student Union.

    They are actively involved so that fellow students have a high quality of education, good working environment, and fun leisure time.

    Become a member of a student union!

  • Access to Microsoft Office 365

    Students at Umeå University have free access to the programmes of Microsoft Office 365. This means that you have access to Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Whiteboard Forms, your student email and other services which can facilitate your studies and your collaboration with other students. To access Office 365 you need to activate your UmU-id. 

    Learn more about Office 365 and how to install it on your computer


  • Information due to COVID-19

    Since 1 April 2022, COVID-19 is no longer classified as a threat to public health and a danger to society in Sweden. From Autumn semester 2022, no COVID-related measures will be in place at Umeå University.

    Anyone who is ill or has symptoms that could be COVID-19 must still stay at home from work and studies. Unvaccinated individuals have a personal responsibility to maintain distance to others and avoid places that are crowded.

    COVID-19 and the latest news for new students


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