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Programme syllabus:

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

Swedish name: Magisterprogram i Folkhälsovetenskap

This programme syllabus is valid: HT21 and until further notice

Programme code: VAFHV

Credit points: 60

Registration number: FS 3.1.3-1502-20

Responsible faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Revised by: Board of the Faculty of Medicine, 2020-08-26

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) or an equivalent higher education of a minimum of 180 higher education credits (ECTS), from an internationally recognised University, in Public Health, Healthcare, Health education, Pharmacy or a relevant field in Social or Behavioural science. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Degree

After completing the programme, a student may apply for and obtain a Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) Main Field of Study: Public Health in accordance with the local degree description established by the Vice-Chancellor (see the Umeå University website).

Description of the education for current education cycle

The programme is comprised of second-cycle studies. The intended learning outcomes can be found in Chapter 1, Section 9 of the Higher Education Act.

National goals for current degree

Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) the student shall

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both an overview of the field and specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
  • Demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.
Competence and skills
For a Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) the student shall
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues autonomously as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames
  • Demonstrate the ability in speech and writing to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • Demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or employment in some other qualified capacity.
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) the student shall
  • Demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • Demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.
Independent project (degree project)
A requirement for the award of a Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) is completion by the student of an independent project (degree project) for at least 15 credits in the main field of study.

Examination format

Each syllabus contains information about the forms of examination used on that particular course.

Grades

Each syllabus contains information about which grading scales are used for that particular course.

Transfer of Credits

A student who believes that they have knowledge from previous studies or professional experience equivalent to a course or course element in the programme may apply for credit transfer. An approved credit transfer means that the student does not have to take the element or elements covered by the decision. Information about credit transfer can be found on the Umeå University website.

General

The studies in the Master's Programme in Public Health comprise of a total of two semesters (one year), which corresponds to courses of a total of 60 higher education credits. 

The studies are characterised by a high degree of independence, actively seeking knowledge, problem solving, critical analysis and evaluation based on a scientific approach. The work formats vary between individual work, work in study groups, seminars and lectures.  The course syllabi present the entry requirements applicable for each course. All teaching will be in English. The degree project comprises 15 credits within the main field of study for the programme in the form of a thesis that is examined during the second semester. 

Compulsory courses are the courses all programme students normally take. A student who has been admitted to the programme is guaranteed a place in all compulsory courses, provided they meet the eligibility requirements for the course in question. The eligibility requirements are stated in each respective course syllabus. There is no room for elective courses in the programme.

The courses included in the programme and the order in which they are taken can be found under the heading "Outline".

Deferment of studies

Information about deferment of the start of studies can be found on the Umeå University website.

Approved leave from studies

Information about leave from studies can be found on the Umeå University website.

Discontinuation

Information about non-completion of studies can be found on the Umeå University website.

Other

Course roll-call
All course roll-calls are compulsory. Exemption from roll-calls can only be granted by the course coordinator. Absence without a valid excuse can lead to the loss of the student's place on the course.

Plagiarism policy
Umeå University has a plagiarism policy which can be found on the Umeå University website.

Transitional rules
This programme syllabus replaces the syllabus from 02/02/2017

Outline

Valid from: HT21

Semester 1

All courses in the programme's 2 semesters are compulsory. 
 

Course Credits Semester Level Compulsory (C) or Elective (E)
Global public health 10 1 A C
Biostatistics 5 1 A C
Epidemiology 10 1 A C
Qualitative methodology for public health           5 1 A C

Semester 2

Course Credits Semester Level Compulsory (C) or Elective (E)
Health systems: Organization and financing 5 2 A C
Health economic evaluation methods 5 2 A C
Theory and management in health promotion 5 2 A C
Master's thesis, first year 15 2 A C