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Global public health

  • Number of credits 10 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2019

About the course

This course in global public health is an introduction to graduate studies in public health. The combination of rapid socio-economic, demographic and global environmental changes, and their potential health impacts, requires a broad conception of the determinants of population health. A range of current health issues are analysed such as environmental health, mother and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases. The course also explores how the actors, context, processes and content of health policy are changing as a result of globalisation. The students will apply the knowledge by developing case studies from their own countries.
After completion of the course the student should be able to: describe the current demographic and epidemiological patterns globally; define key concepts such as globalization, health policy, global public goods and global health governance; cite a range of examples of global issues in terms of their impacts on human health; describe the main challenges for responding effectively to global health challenges through improved global health governance and effective health policies.

Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars, assignments and group exercises. Seminars, assignments and group exercises are compulsory. All teaching is in English.

Application and eligibility

Global public health, 10 hp

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Lectures begin on week starting 2 September 2019


Lectures end during the week of 7 October 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:
Eva Selin