The purpose is for the student to produce an independent scientific work. During the course, students will demonstrate their ability to independently plan, carry out and present (orally and written) their research on a public health related topic. This involves formulating a research problem and objectives, selecting appropriate methods, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting and discussing results in relation to scientific articles and other relevant literature. This course provides the opportunity to apply knowledge and proficiencies acquired during the other courses in the master programme of public health. The course includes a final seminar where the thesis is presented and discussed.
The master thesis can take one of three forms: a systematic literature review, a study protocol or an empirical study.
Thesis work is introduced during the first year of the master programme of public health. The different phases of a scientific work process are being discussed and the requirements on such work are specified. The student is given the opportunity to discuss the choice of topic for the thesis with teachers and fellow students. A supervisor for the student is also appointed during the first year.
The thesis is being presented at a seminar during the second part of the spring semester. The student shall also be the opponent on another student's thesis presented in the same way.
This course contains occasions that are included in a degree programme at Umeå university and applies only to those of you who are admitted to the programme. You will recieve information about application times and what applies to you from your institution.