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Equity and health

  • Number of credits 3.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2023

About the course

Inequities in health have got more and more attention, both in the national and global agendas. However, there are different opinions both regarding the definition of equity, and regarding which polices that are appropriate and justified to increase equity.  Defenders' of different stand-points usually try to find support in moral philosophy, i.e. theories which try to investigate how things "ought" to be arranged. This course introduces the theories which so far have been most influential in health care and public health - utilitarianism, Rawl's theory of justice and feminism. The course investigates how these theories in moral philosophy have influenced scientific disciplines of importance for research about health care and public health. Further is the relationship between moral philosophy and political decisions investigated. What kind of ethical arguments are used when health care is making priorities?

After completion of the course the student should be able to: describe the main content in the theories under study; discuss examples illustrating how scientific theories and methods are connected to moral philosophy, analyze how political decisions about organization and financing health care and public health are inspired by moral philosophy.

Teaching is concentrated to two weeks during the course period. Teaching methods are mixed; lectures, seminars, group-discussions and home assignments. Seminars, group-discussions and home assignments are mandatory. The course is given in English.

Application and eligibility

Equity and health, 3.5 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2023 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


13 September 2023


27 September 2023

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 100%

Required Knowledge

For non-programme students applying as single-course students, the requirements are 120 ECTS, of which a minimum of 30 ECTS are within one of the following: health sciences, environmental health or social sciences.

English proficiency equivalent to English B/6 from Swedish Upper secondary education.
Basic entrance requirements for higher studies in Swedish language proficiency is also required if the course is taught in Swedish. Entry requirements


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Application deadline is 16 January 2023. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 8,657

Total fee

SEK 8,657

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Course is given by
Epidemiology and Global Health
Contactperson for the course is:
Angelica Johansson