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Master's Programme in Public Health

  • Number of credits 120 Credits

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 programme 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 programme 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.

Eligible 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 


Master of Science (120 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