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Master's Programme in Public Health

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2016

Since 1991, this programme has attracted students from more than 70 different countries in Asia, Africa, Europe (including Sweden) and North and South America. This global recruitment has become an important influence on our teaching and research, with Swedish and international public health professionals learning from one another.

While studying

Studying on the programme means an active search for knowledge, problem solving and critical analyses based on a scientific approach. The working methods vary between individual study work, group work, seminars and lectures. In the evaluations we have done, students have expressed great satisfaction with the cooperation between students from a different educational and cultural background.

A student in either of the programmes has of course a guaranteed enrolment in all of the programme courses. Some of the courses build on one another and should therefore be taken in a specific order.

Our programmes are international programmes with students coming from many countries. All teaching is done in English.

Study one or two years

The programme comprises 120 credits (two years). However, for those that have been accepted to the two year programme, it is still possible to graduate after one year should one wish to do so. The degree will then be "Master of Science (60 credits). Main field of study: Public Health".

Programme content

The one year programme comprises the first two semesters. In the later part of the second semester, time is set aside for thesis work, which gives 15 credits. In the two year program students can choose between doing two master theses, each comprising 15 credits, or do one thesis comprising 30 credits.

Read more about:

The master thesis and about previous theses within the programme

The courses within the program at Epidemiology and Global Health

Scholarships for international students

One-year programme in Public Health

If you are interested in a one-year programme, please follow this link!

Programme overview

First year
Global public health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Qualitative methodology in public health, Health Systems: Organization and financing, Health economic evaluation methods, Social pathways in health and health promotion, Master thesis, first year.

Second year
Evidence based public health, Equity and health, Qualitative data analysis, Advanced biostatistics and epidemiology, Evaluation in public health, Master thesis, second year.

Elegible courses Advanced topics in health economics evaluation methods, Social epidemiology – theory and methods, Health, environment and sustainability, Planning and management in health care.

Career opportunities

The competence that this programme gives can be used both in public and private organisations. Many graduates will work in the public sector in local and state institutions – from e.g. hospitals to the Ministry of Health. The positions may be as e.g. strategists, evaluators and analysts. Graduates finding jobs in non-profit organizations may be working with e.g. health advocacy, policy, or research for organizations such as the Red Cross. Other graduates will go to the private sector working e.g. for pharmaceutical companies or for health insurance companies. A future university career in research is another path.

Continue in public health research

The programme is designed for those already working as, or planning to become, public health practitioners, as well as for those seeking a career within public health research. Further studies can lead to a Licentiate degree (approximately two years of full-time study) or a PhD (at least four years). Read more about our research 

Degree

Master of Science (120 credits). Main field of study: Public health

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Public Health, 120 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2016 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2016

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Application code

UMU-M3000

Application

The application period is closed.

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university with a major in Public Health, Health Care or a relevant field in social or behavioral science. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5 (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Selection

Priority is given to students with at least two years of work experience within a field relevant to Public Health. Following this, applicants are ranked according to the number of academic credits.

Application and Tuition fees

Students who are citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.
Citizens of the EU/EEA and Switzerland are not required to pay application and tuition fees. However, you must provide proof of your citizenship (and fee-exempt status).

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 70,000

Total fee

SEK 280,000
For more details, visit University Admissions

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2016

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Application deadline

15 April 2016

Application code

UMU-03000

Application

Submit a late online application. You will be transferred to universityadmissions.se

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university with a major in Public Health, Health Care or a relevant field in social or behavioral science. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5 (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Selection

Priority is given to students with at least two years of work experience within a field relevant to Public Health. Following this, applicants are ranked according to the number of academic credits.

Application and Tuition fees

Students who are citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.
Citizens of the EU/EEA and Switzerland are not required to pay application and tuition fees. However, you must provide proof of your citizenship (and fee-exempt status).

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 70,000

Total fee

SEK 280,000
For more details, visit University Admissions

Contact us

Contactperson for the programme is: Curt Löfgren

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Programme is given by
Epidemiology and Global Health