Study Master Public Health at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.
The subject of Public Health focuses on the health of the community as a whole. Its aim is to provide knowledge and understanding of the major causes of ill health and diseases, and identify effective interventions for the purpose of improving population health. Among the various subject fields in the analysis of public health, biostatistics and epidemiology are the most important.
The first year of the programme consists of six mandatory courses (60 ECTS credits). In the third term the students choose any three courses of the four elective courses offered, or go on exchange abroad. The fourth term is allocated to thesis writing.
The Master’s thesis (30 ECTS credits) should be written on a topic related to the elective courses chosen by the student.
The purpose of the thesis is to prepare for planning, developing and presenting a scientific project in the field of public health. The thesis can be an empirical study based on data to which the student has been given access, or data that the student has collected. It can also be a literature review or a project of more theoretical character.
Please note that attendance to all the lectures and seminars in the Master Public Health courses is mandatory.
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|1 term (autumn)||
HEL-3005 Society, Culture and Public Health
HEL-3006 Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics
HEL-3007 Health Economics and Policy
|2 term (spring)||
HEL-3070 Biostatistics II
HEL-3030 International and Environmental Health
HEL-3055 Health Technology Assessment and Medical Decision-making
|3 term (autumn)||
Students choose any three of the four courses or go on exchange
HEL-3008 Public Health Ethics
HEL-3060 Epidemiology II
HEL-3034 Global Health
HEL-3066 Protocol Development for MPH Thesis
|4 term Master’s thesis (spring)||
HEL-3950 Master’s Thesis in Public Health
The objective of this study programme is for students to understand, and be able to identify, the determinants of population health, i.e., the range of biological, environmental, social and behavioural factors that affect the health of a population. Furthermore, students should be capable of evaluate different measures that can improve people’s health.
After completing the study, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Advise policy makers concerning interventions that affect population health
- Critically assess the effectiveness of various public health measures
- Critically reflect on social and cultural aspects of health, illness and health service
- Apply health economic principles in the design of financing mechanisms for hospitals and primary care providers
- Analyse the cost-effectiveness of alternative uses of health care resources, and make systematic comparisons for the purpose of priority setting
- Critically evaluate the methodology of scientific publications in public health
- Identify and analyse central ethical challenges in public health
- Explain the main causes of global health inequalities
- Apply the principles of evidence-based medicine and independently assess the knowledge base for interventions
- Use a set of epidemiological methods in the analysis of health-related issues
- Plan, implement and present a research project on public health
It is essential that students learn to apply relevant theories and methods for analysing basic health questions. Emphasis is placed on learning to master quantitative research methods. After completing this programme, students should be able to map disease and health in a population and identify the social factors that affect health. They should be able to assess and initiate preventive health measures, evaluate the impact of healt-related measures and give an account of adequate solutions regarding allocations of resources.
The programme consists of nine courses, each of which has 10 credits (ECTS). Six courses are mandatory and three elective, chosen from a list of four alternative elective courses (or can be taken on exchange abroad). The Master’s thesis (30 ECTS credits) completes the programme structure to total 120 credits (ECTS).
Admission to the Master’s programme in Public Health requires a Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS credits) in Health Sciences, Social Sciences or Natural Sciences, or equivalent qualification. For students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or Natural Sciences, the degree must contain a minimum 80 ECTS (or equivalent) within the fields specific to the Master’s degree programme in Public Health; epidemiology, health economics, biostatistics, health sociology, global- and environmental health.
The minimum average grade requirement is:
C – for Bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.
B – for Bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in all other countries.
The students must master the use of a computer and have access to a PC, MacBook or laptop with Internet connection.
Applicants will be ranked by the Admission committee for the Master Public Health programme, and up to 30 qualified applicants will be admitted. In 2015 a small number of qualified Nordic applicants (C average grade) were offered not admission due to competition for the 30 spots on the programme.
More information on admission requirements:
General admission requirements – Master’s levelApplicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is 15 April for admission to the autumn semester
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
Online application, study code 2035
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