Because health is a right and not a privilege
The student is equipped with the necessary expertise, tools and skills to work in the complex setting of contemporary and emerging health challenges. The programme integrates the themes of public and global health in the course curriculum, which consists of interdisciplinary studies in health sciences, social sciences, and technology.
The core disciplines of public health, such as epidemiology, health promotion, systems, and economics are studied, as well as a wide range of elective courses. Students grow their expertise in global dynamics studying topics such as inequalities, climate change, migration, ageing and conflicts, to mention but a few.
The study setting is international and students develop a global network of contacts in our multicultural and multidisciplinary teams. The teaching groups are small, the faculty easily approachable and courses include real-world case projects. All our courses, firmly grounded in international research, have a strong focus on transferring this knowledge into practice.
You also learn to apply your knowledge and skills hands-on: a work placement of three months is a part of your programme and strengthens the employability of our graduates. Welcome to the community of current and future public and global health experts!
The effects of global phenomena are transforming the way we work for health both at national and international levels.
Our programme offers a unique opportunity to study the intertwined disciplines of public and global health. Students will be equipped with the necessary expertise, skills and tools to work in the complex setting of contemporary and emerging health challenges. All courses are firmly grounded in international research and have a strong focus on transferring this knowledge into practice.
Our vision is for students to gain a firm grounding in the core competencies of public and global health in order to form “two degrees in one”. The public health component corresponds to an MPH. We also want to equip our graduates with practical skills and tools for their future working life: an internship or a work placement is a part of the programme, and real-life cases and assignments are studied in the courses.
In our view, global health is not only about “developing countries”. Global phenomena affect well-being and health in both the global South and the global North, transforming the way we work for health on both national and international levels. It is our mission to advocate for health and promote conditions in which people can be healthy.
Nurturing experts in public and global health
This is an integrated programme in public and global health expertly tailored to emphasise interdisciplinary studies in health sciences, social sciences, and technology.
Our students acquire a thorough grounding in all of the core disciplines of public health – epidemiology, health promotion, health-systems, and health economics. The wide range of elective courses offered enables students to gain expertise in their areas of interest.
As one of our students you will:
Grow your expertise in global dynamics, such as: inequalities, climate change, migration, ageing, and conflicts
Study in an international setting:
- develop a global network of contacts
- work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams
Learn to apply your knowledge and skills in practice through:
- a work placement of 1-3 months as a part of your programme
- courses which include real-world case projects
Enjoy the advantage of small classes adapted to the needs and interests of students
Interact with an approachable faculty committed to engaging with students
Equipped with knowledge and skills, our graduates go to work in diverse fields such as governmental agencies, NGO’s, academia and private industry to name just a few. Many of our alumni have been appointed to positions of responsibility in their countries and are having an impact on national and global public health issues.
Internship / Work Placement
An internship is a great opportunity to take your career skills out for a test drive! It is a chance to get your foot in the door of a possible future employer as well as networking with other professionals in your field.
During the second year of the degree programme students have an obligatory internship or work placement of three months during the study year. The place and nature of the internship or work placement should be relevant to the programme and may be in an international setting or in Finland.
Prior to the internship, there is an Internship course, which prepares and supports a student for applying, funding and getting the most out of the internship. Each group of 4-5 students have a teacher tutor with whom to have discussion on one´s career plans and how to advance this through the best possible internship organisation and country. During the internship, the tutor provides support to the student and a contact in the University to the employer supervisor. The tutor monitors the progress, and the student, the supervisor and the tutor evaluate achievement of the learning objectives. After the internship, experiences and advice are shared with other students.
As a rule, it is the responsibility of the student to complete an internship or work placement to identify and apply to host organisations, which match their interests and career goals. The faculty will assist the student with the practical arrangements and may be able to help identify potential internship hosts. Some options for funding an internship or work placement is available through the University and Erasmus+ Programme. More information can be found from general internship info and internships as part of an exchange programme.
More information and guidelines for current students can be found in the PGH Internship Moodle.
There is no intake to the programme in the 2020 application round.
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