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Evidence based public health

  • Number of credits 4 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2019

About the course

”Evidence based” has become fashionable both in research and decision-making, and the idea claims to bridge research and decision-making. This idea has its roots and is most developed in medicine, but has obviously relevance even in public health.  However, most actions suggested in public health have a different nature than in medicine. While patients are treated individually in medicine, public health research often suggest collective interventions in living conditions such as access to food, education or decent working conditions. These features of public health interventions of course require other methods than in medicine to collect evidence. 
After completion of the course the student should be able to: describe the main content in the philosophy of “evidence based decision-making”; and be able to explain how “best available evidence” varies according to the context.
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

Evidence based public health, 4 hp

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Lectures begin on week starting 2 September 2019


Lectures end during the week of 16 September 2019

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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.


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 15 January 2019.

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.

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