About the Programme
This Master’s Programme in Public Health Science has a specific focus on Health equality, e.g. on methods for studying causes and dynamics of health inequalities as well as models for levelling out potential inequities. The purpose of the programme is to prepare students for successful participation in strategic and practical public health work within regional, national and/or international institutions as well as for further studies at postgraduate level.
Public health science is a multidisciplinary field that places questions about health and disease in a social context. Its breadth implies that there is a need for a deeper understanding of specific themes, in this case the mechanisms behind inequality and inequity in health. Public health science focuses on the importance of society’s organization and other structural factors (political, economic and cultural) for the health status of populations, including studies of the social determinants of health, e.g. income and educational level, discrimination, access to healthcare and so forth. Based on this, the discipline increasingly deals with questions about whether the distribution of health within a population is equal and fair, that is, if variations in the health of different groups can be referred to structural factors and therefore are possible to change.
The programme starts with courses that focus on the basic principles, fields of application and research methods in public health science. The first course presents foundations and core topics within public health science, that lays the bases for a better understanding of how inequality and inequity in health can be analyzed and how health equity can be structurally counteracted, is discussed.
The second term of the programme begins with a course in epidemiology and biostatistics, which prepares for the following in-depth courses by addressing quantitative methodology. Then a course specifically focusing on social epidemiology follows, which is the sort of epidemiology that investigate how social determinants of health contribute to or counteract health development within a population.
The third term of the programme offers elective in-depth courses. The first one aims to increase students’ knowledge on how to deal with unfair health differences through strategic management, different programs and methods, and continuous evaluation of health outcomes. The course continues working on the topic brought up at the end of the social epidemiology course, i.e. how public health science evidence can be translated into policy formulations, and discusses how concrete actions can be developed and evaluated in relation to achieving goals for health equality development.
The programme is completed with a full term thesis course where students work on their master’s thesis project, which may include field studies and should relate to Health equality.
The programme leads to a Degree of Master of Medical Science with a major in Public Health Science.
Requirements and Selection
REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor’s degree or professional degree qualification corresponding to at least 180 credits or equivalent, within the main areas of health science or social science. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.
SELECTION: Applications will be ranked by the Institute of Medicine based on students degrees earned, work experience and motivation for applying to the program. A verification of degree and English requirements (TOFEL) must be submitted together with a letter of intent (LOI) and a Curriculum Vitae (CV). The CV should be structured in accordance with our template, i.e. include a list of education, relevant work experience and knowledge in research methodology. The LOI (maximum of 250 words in English) should cover statement of intent, ambition and initiative. Specific information about requirements is found on the template at: https://studentportalen.gu.se/english/my-studies/medicine/programmes/public-health
Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 283 416 SEK
First payment: 70 854 SEK
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