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

  • Number of credits 60 Credits

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.

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.


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

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 


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

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Programme is given by
Epidemiology and Global Health
Contact person for the programme is:
Eva Selin