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Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year)

  • Number of credits 60 Credits
  • Study time 1 year (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2017

Since 1991, the programme has attracted students from more than 70 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.

Admitted to the programme

Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.

While studying

The 60 credits (one-year programme) is relatively new. It builds on the two-year programme for which the first year courses are the same as in the one-year programme.

There are a number of scholarships available for non-European students.
Read more about scholarships for international students

The Master's Programme in Public Health includes a number of courses on global health conditions, on health systems analysis, on the relations between social conditions and health and on the methods that you need to carry out public health work. The programme provides public health practitioners and researchers with the skills required to understand, and ultimately help improve and maintain the health status of the population.

Multidisciplinary

By nature, Public Health is multidisciplinary, drawing on social sciences and medicine, using qualitative and quantitative methods to identify and assess specific health risks before designing and implementing effective public health strategies. Traditionally drawing on the fields of microbiology, entomology, parasitology and the management and control of infectious diseases. In today's globalised world we are increasingly facing new public health challenges involving causation and prevention of chronic diseases.

Active search for knowledge

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 on the programme 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.

This is an international programme with students coming from many countries. All teaching is done in English.

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 programme students can choose between doing two master thesis, each comprising 15 credits, or do one thesis comprising 30 credits.
Read more about the master thesis and previous theses from the programme

Autumn semester
Global public health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Qualitative methodology in public health.

Spring semester
Health Systems: Organization and financing, Health economic evaluation methods, Social pathways in health and health promotion, Master thesis, first year.
Read more about the courses within the programme at Epidemiology and Global Health

Two-year programme in Public Health

This programme comprises 60 credits (one year). We also offer a two-year programme (120 credits) for which the first year courses are the same as in the one-year programme. This means that a student enrolled in the one year programme can, if he or she wishes, apply to continue on the two-year programme.
Read more about the two-year programme in Public Health

Master thesis
Read more about the Master thesis

Scholarships
Read more about scholarship opportunities

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

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 (60 credits). Main field of study: Public health

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year), 60 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2017 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2017

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

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 code

UMU-M3050

Application

Application deadline was 16 January 2017. The application period is closed.

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

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK70,000

Total fee

SEK140,000

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2017

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

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 code

UMU-03050

Application

Application deadline was 18 April 2017. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at Universityadmissions.se.

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

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK70,000

Total fee

SEK140,000

Contact us

Contactperson for the programme is: Curt Löfgren

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Programme is given by
Epidemiology and Global Health