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Programme syllabus:

Second year of Master's Programme in Public Health, 60 Credits

Swedish name: Masterprogram i folkhälsovetenskap, år 2

This programme syllabus is valid: HT22 and until further notice

Programme code: VAFVM

Credit points: 60

Registration number: 3.1.3-873-21

Responsible faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Established by: Vice-Chancellor, 2017-11-28

Revised by: Board of the Faculty of Medicine, 2021-08-24

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 240 ECTS including a Bachelor's degree of equivalent first cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognized University. Specific entry requirements are: 60 ECTS in the field of Public Health of which a minimum of 30 ECTS at advanced level. In addition, 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 (120 credits), Main Field of Study: Public Health in accordance with the local degree description established by the Vice-Chancellor (See the Umeå University's website). The name for the degree in Swedish is: Medicine Masterexamen, Huvudområde: Folkhälsovetenskap.

Description of the education for current education cycle

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

National goals for current degree

The national goals for this degree can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Annex 2 - Qualifications Ordinance.

Independent project (degree project)
For the award of a Degree of Master of Science (120 credits), the student must have completed an independent project (degree project) consisting of a minimum of 30 second-cycle course credits in the main field of study Public Health.

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

Public health science is an interdisciplinary discipline that generates and systematises knowledge about the population's health and about measures aimed at preserving and improving health. It concerns studying factors that can affect people's health and well-being, such as environmental issues, social conditions and lifestyles. It is also about the organization and working methods of the health care. Public health science is the field of knowledge that practical public health work must have as support in order to be knowledge-based.

The educational programme Second year of Master's Programme in Public Health (60 credits), consists of 2 semesters (1 year), which corresponds to courses totalling 60 higher education credits. The programme requires that the student has completed studies consisting of 60 credits in the field of public health.
 
The studies are characterized 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. All teaching will be in English. 

The independent project for a Master of Science (120 credits) consists of 30 higher education credits in the main field of study for the educational programme. During the second semester, the student completes an independent study project (15 or 30 credits) depending upon what has been included in their previous studies.

Compulsory courses are the courses all programme students normally are required to take. A student who has been admitted to the programme is guaranteed a place on all compulsory courses, provided they meet the eligibility requirements for the course in question. The eligibility requirements are stated in each respective course syllabus.

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

Discontinuation

Information about non-completion 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 in 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 11/28/2017.

Outline

Valid from: HT22

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

Semester 1

3FH060

Evidence based public health 4 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

3FH063

Equity and health 3,5 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

3FH064

Qualitative data analysis 7,5 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

3FH065

Advanced biostatistics and epidemiology 7,5 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

3FH067

Social epidemiology - theory and methods 7,5 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Semester 2

Second semester (if the student has previously completed an independent study project
(15 credits).

3FH085

Health, Environment and Sustainability 3,5 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

3FH086

Leading change and development in welfare organizations 4 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

3FH070

Evaluation in public health 7,5 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

3FH059

Master thesis, second year 15 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

or

3FH087

Master's thesis, third year 15 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Second Semester (if the student has not previously completed an independent project).

3FH053

Master thesis, 30 credits 30 weeks

Second cycle

Public Health: Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)