Swedish name: Masterprogram i folkhälsovetenskap
This programme syllabus is valid: HT16 and until further notice
Programme code: VAFHM
Credit points: 120
Responsible faculty: Faculty of Medicine
Revised by: Programme council for the International Master Programme in Public Health (PRPH), 2017-02-02
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.
Master of Science (120 credits). Main Field of Study: Public Health.
(Higher Education Act, Chapter 1 Section 9) A second-cycle (graduate) programme shall build on the knowledge the students acquire in first-cycle (undergraduate) programmes or equivalent knowledge.
A graduate programme shall entail a deepening of knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to undergraduate studies and, in addition to what applies for undergraduate studies, shall:
- further develop the students’ ability to independently integrate and use knowledge,
- develop the students’ ability to handle complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
- develop the students’ qualifications for professional practice, which places considerable demands on independence, or for research and development work. Act (2006:173).
Knowledge and understanding
For the master’s degree, the student shall:
Examinations entail an assessment of the student’s achievements and constitute a basis for grading. The assessment takes place through written exams, oral exams in a seminar format and written reports and assignments. Exams shall be structured so that an individual assessment of the student’s achievements is possible. The examination formats are presented by each course syllabus.
A student who has failed at an ordinary examination session has the right to another exam (a retest), no earlier than ten working days after the results from the ordinary exam were announced and no later than three months after the ordinary exam and a further retest within one year, known as a catch-up test.
On condition that the student complies with the University’s rules for written examinations and does not exceed any limits in the number of examination sessions, a student may not be refused the opportunity to participate in an exam. This also applies when there are compulsory programme components that shall have been completed before passing the component/course. However, to pass, the student must complete the compulsory component afterwards or be granted an exemption from it.
A student who has undergone two exams for a course or a part of a course without passing results has the right to request a change of examiner.
Grades are set on completed courses. A three-point grading scale is used: pass with distinction, pass or fail.
The student has the right to have a review done of whether earlier studies or activities can be accepted for credit transfer. For more information, refer to the Higher Education Ordinance and the University’s rules at www.umu.se
A negative decision regarding credit transfer can be appealed with the Swedish Higher Education Appeals Board. A negative decision shall also be justified in writing.
The studies in the Master’s Programme in Public Health (120 credits) comprise a total of four semesters (two years), which corresponds to courses of a total of 120 higher education credits. The degree project comprises 30 of these credits and can either be done in the form of one project that is examined in the fourth semester or in the form of two separate projects that are examined in the second semester and the fourth semester.
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 syllabuses present the entry requirements applicable for each course.
All teaching takes place in English.
Some courses are presupposed to be taken in a certain order, as presented by the course syllabus.
Core and elective courses
In the first year of study, all courses are core courses, meaning that there is no room for elective or optional courses. The students in the programme are guaranteed a place in these core courses. In the second year of study, six core courses (including the degree project) are held and four electives (see programme overview below). For the courses held in the second year of study, some courses are continuation courses and are presupposed to be studied in a certain order as presented by the course syllabus. This can affect the possibility of studying a certain course as an elective. Students attending the programme are guaranteed to be able to take courses in the programme comprising 30 credits per semester on condition that the entry requirements for the course in question are met.
Students attending the programme have guaranteed admission to an elective course on condition that they meet the entry requirements. In the second year of study, the students can choose to take two of the following courses: Advanced topics for health economy evaluation methods or Social epidemiology - theory and methods, and Health, environment and sustainability or Planning and management in healthcare.
Academic year 1, autumn semester
Global public health, 10 credits
Biostatistics, 5 credits
Epidemiology, 10 credits
Qualitative methodology in public health, 5 credits
Academic year 1, spring semester
Health systems: Organisation and financing, 5 credits
Health economic evaluation methods, 5 credits
Social pathways in global health and health promotion, 5 credits
Master thesis, first year, 15 credits
Academic year 2, autumn semester
Evidence based public health, 4 credits
Equity and health, 3.5 credits
Qualitative data analysis, 7.5 credits
Advanced biostatistics and epidemiology, 7.5 credits
Advanced topics in health economic evaluation methods (elective), 7.5 credits or
Social epidemiology - theory and methods (elective), 7.5 credits
Academic year 2, spring semester
Health, environment and sustainability (elective), 7.5 credits or
Planning and management in health care (elective), 7.5 credits
Evaluation in public health, 7.5 credits
Master thesis, second year, 15 credits
Degree project/independent studies
For the Master of Science in Public Health, the student must have completed, within the scope of the course requirements, independent studies (degree project) comprising at least 30 higher education credits in the main field of study of the second-cycle (graduate) programme.
The students at the programme can choose between doing an independent project comprising 30 credits and examined in the fourth semester or doing two separate independent projects comprising 15 credits each, of which the first is examined in the second semester and the second is examined in the fourth semester. Anyone choosing the first option must turn in a report in the second semester on the work done in that semester.
Deferment of the start of studies can be granted if special grounds exist. Examples of special grounds are illness, military service, pregnancy, care of a child or another care responsibility, etc.
A negative decision regarding a deferment of the start of studies can be appealed with the Swedish Higher Education Appeals Board.
Participation in the programme’s introduction week is mandatory. Exemption from roll-call can only be granted when special grounds exist. Absence without a valid excuse can lead to a loss of the place in the programme. A decision to this regard is made by the programme coordinator.
A leave from studies can be granted if special grounds exist. A negative decision regarding a resumption of studies after a leave from studies can be appealed with the Swedish Higher Education Appeals Board.
A student who leaves the programme shall notify the programme study advisor of non-completion.
For information on the University’s plagiarism policy for the Faculty of Medicine, refer to the University’s website.
Rules for the programme
Rules for the programme are in the Higher Education Act (1992:1434) and the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), as well as the Rules and Regulation for First-cycle Education at Umeå University.