Aims and contents
This master’s degree is unique as it combines both international social welfare policy and international health policy.
Programme option in International Social Welfare and Health PolicyAugust1202 years, full timePilestredet, OsloEnglish35This programme is free with no tuition fees required. A semester fee of NOK 820 is to be paid each semester.
- Why do some countries have a higher share of the global burden of diseases than others?
- How can we explain social inequalities in health within a country?
- How are the changing power relations between international, national and local actors influencing the content and effectiveness of social and health policies?
- Why do some countries have smaller socio-economic inequalities than others?
- Why do some countries have higher employment rates among women than others?
- Why are some welfare systems more successful in helping families at risk of poverty than others?
- Why are there systematic and lasting differences in opportunities for persons with disabilities to exercise choice and autonomy between countries?
- How does access to education and family planning influence the employment opportunities of young women today?
- How does cross-national mobility and immigration influence access to social security and health services?
- How can we investigate if social and health policies have the intended effects?
Answers to such questions are essential to ensure sustainable and inclusive societies. The questions are related to the organisation and content of social welfare and health policies.
Social change requires that professionals in the fields of social work, health and welfare continually develop their knowledge and skills. The Master’s Degree Programme applies theoretical perspectives to these fields.
An increasingly globalized world requires the development of innovative social welfare and health policies. The two policy fields are interdependent. Both are also characterized by complex governance structures: Social welfare and health policies are shaped in a multi-actor setting involving different combinations of market actors, family, public agencies and non-profit NGOs. Additionally, the social welfare and health policies take place in a multilevel setting. Increasingly the social welfare and health policy depends on the working relations between supranational organisations, such as the UN and EU, national and local entities.
The MIS programme consists of 6 mandatory courses (60 ECTS), 3 elective courses (30 ECTS) and a master’s thesis (30 ECTS). Elective courses allow students to pursue topics of special interest that may be relevant for both the master’s thesis, as well as for future career possibilities.
All courses are taught in English, and the diploma will be issued in English for all successful candidates. Candidates will be awarded the title Master of Applied Social Sciences, programme option International Social Welfare and Health Policy.
The programme focuses upon general critical analytical skills with an understanding of the importance of gender, ethnicity, generation, and social class, living standards and living conditions. The programme option qualifies a graduate for:
- positions in social and health services that require the knowledge and ability to undertake systematic documentation and evaluation of social and health service programmes, as well as the knowledge of international and comparative studies within health and social welfare.
- positions in government agencies, non-governmental organisations or voluntary organisations engaged in international health and social welfare programmes and developmental assistance
- research positions at lower levels in educational programmes for social or health workers, and social science positions dealing with social and health policy issues
- PhD programmes in the fields of social welfare and health policy
The objective of the programme is to qualify candidates for those positions in social and health services that require:
- The knowledge and ability to conduct systematic documentation and evaluation of social and health service programmes.
- A knowledge of international and comparative studies within health and social welfare.
Many graduates have found positions in NGOs, research institutes, universities, and public and private welfare and health organisations. You can see what specific students are doing now in the ‘Learn more about this degree!’ box below.
Upon completion of the degree the candidate has
- advanced knowledge of research designs relevant to the investigate a particular research question
- the ability to relate specific research questions to specific research methods
- a high level of understanding of and ability to apply and evaluate basic theoretical and methodological frameworks in order to examine, explain and understand social and health phenomena
- a broad understanding of global social and health problems, including current situations, trends, and challenges
- in-depth knowledge of the fields of social and health care systems: their organisation, delivery, and financing
- insight into cultural differences in social and health concepts and terminology
Upon completion of the degree the candidate is able to
- analyse explicit and implicit knowledge in the fields of health policy and social welfare
- conduct a systematic and critical analysis of a problem, apply core research principles and give a clear academic presentation of the results
- identify dimensions and challenges in the current global health and welfare situation
- critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of various social and health policy approaches
- evaluate relevant research in terms of methodological quality and appropriateness
- implement a range of data and literary sources for analysis
Upon completion of the degree the candidate has acquired
- a high degree of intercultural competence, and increased understanding of international trends that affect health and social welfare
- advanced knowledge of perspectives on social and health inequalities at a high academic level. The candidate is able to evaluate the impact of social and health policies, including how policies can contribute to (re)production or change in social inequalities
a high level of ethical reflection when assessing the development of social and health policies, as well as a broad and in-depth knowledge of ethical dilemmas in research
Academic requirements to this programme option are as follows:
In accordance with Regulations Relating to Admissions to Studies at OsloMet
§ 12(4), applicants are divided into two groups:
- Applicants with a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) taken outside of EU/EEA countries. A) 25 % of the places shall be allocated to applicants competing solely on the basis of grade point average. Applicants within this quota, who do not qualify, compete in the next quota. B) Applicants competing on additional points as well as grade point average.
- Applicants with a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) from an EU/EEA institution of higher education. A) 25 % of the places shall be allocated to applicants competing solely on the basis of grade point average. Applicants within this quota, who do not qualify, compete in the next quota. B) Applicants competing on additional points as well as grade point average.
Fifty per cent of the places are reserved for applicants in group 1. If there are not enough qualified applicants from group 1 to fill this quota, the unoccupied places will be assigned to applicants in group 2.
If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places, applicants are ranked mutually in accordance with Regulations Relating to Admissions to Studies at OsloMet, § 12.
In accordance with Regulations Relating to Admissions to Studies at OsloMet applicants will be ranked on the basis of grade average from their bachelor’s degree. Grade averages are calculated by using a point system (for more information refer to admission regulations § 2(5). The basis for the calculation of minimum academic requirements).
Applicants may also receive extra points for work experience gained after completion of a bachelor’s degree, and for extra education (admission regulations § 13. Calculation of additional points from the regulations for information regarding this). Only education and work experience within the fields of health and/or social welfare will be considered relevant.
The master programme aims for a diverse group of students from many countries. Given the limited number of places, normally no more than three students from each country will be assigned, with the exception of students from Norway.
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