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Master's Programme in Public Health Science, Health Equality

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-6A03B
Tuition
Full education cost: 294 000 SEK
First payment: 73 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees


Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-1A03B
Tuition
Full education cost: 294 000 SEK
First payment: 73 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees

Application opens 15 March 2021

Summary

Public health science is a multidisciplinary field that focus on health and disease at population level. The master’s programme in Public Health Science offers two unique specializations: health economics and health equality. In the health equality specialization, you will study the nature and dynamics of health inequalities and how potential inequities can be reduced by structural efforts in society. Overall, the specialization highlights human rights and the right to health for all.

Other specializations

About

The distribution of health and disease in the population is partly shaped by the distribution of power, opportunities, and socioeconomic resources, including access to adequate education, health care, safe housing and workplaces, clean water and food. The availability of social support, resources to meet daily needs, and the possibility to live a life free of discrimination are unequally distributed between and within countries, which in turn affects the prevalence of health and disease. 

Studying public health science in Sweden means that you will live and observe a country with extended structures for improved population health, such as universal welfare and health care systems. 

Through the focus on human rights, gender, and inequalities in health, our programme is closely focused on social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and is clearly connected with several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Public health science examines population health and disease in a social context, focusing on the social determinants of health and the overarching systems that form these conditions, such as economic structures, policies, legislations, political systems, and social norms. Furthermore, health risks that transcend national boundaries, such as epidemics, economic crises, and violence in conflicts, are increasingly common. 

Our programme responds to these complex challenges by involving teachers from a variety of professional backgrounds such as medicine, epidemiology and law. If you choose to specialize in health equality, you will gain advanced knowledge of causes and dynamics of health inequalities and their relation to human rights, theories, and models for equalizing potential inequities. Courses focus on the importance of society’s organization and other structural factors for the health status of populations, including studies of the social determinants of health, such as income, educational level, discrimination, and access to health care. 

Programme structure and content

The first semester:

  • Public Health Foundations and Areas of Application 
  • Health Equality and the Right to Health 
  • Qualitative Methods in Public Health 

The second semester:

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Social Epidemiology: Theories, Methods, and Practical Implications 

During the third semester, you can choose advanced courses in health equality, courses from other departments, study abroad, or complete an internship. The final semester is devoted to your master’s thesis, which can be carried out in collaboration with a research group or include field studies, and will result in a scientific article.

Who should apply?

  • Are you concerned with how societal issues like development, inequalities, and different welfare systems influence inequities in health? 

  • Do you want to understand the global challenges of public health inequalities and inequities, and be equipped to address them?

Whether you have a background in health care or social sciences, human rights or economics, if you are passionate about social structures and human rights and how they influence population health and healthcare, then apply for the master’s program in Public Health Science specializing in health equality.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

Qualification for admission to the programme requires professional degree/Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in a health science, social science, science, economics, arts or engineering field of education and grade Passed/E in English B/English 6.

Special instructions for application

Find out more about how to apply to the Master's Programme in Public Health at the link below.

More information about Special instructions for application

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-selection

After graduation

The programme leads to a degree of Master of Medical Science with a major in Public Health Science specializing in health equality.

Work opportunities for public health professionals mirror contemporary public health challenges. Positions will therefore be found in organizations engaged in promoting population health and preventing disease, such as local and regional public health departments and authorities, ministries of health and social affairs, UN bodies and non-governmental organizations. Public health professionals perform a wide range of tasks including surveillance and analyses of population health data, design of health promotion policy and interventions addressing social determinants and health equity, advocacy communication, and social mobilization for health. 

You will also be prepared for PhD studies within the area of public health science.

Exchange opportunities

During the third semester you have the opportunity to study a full semester abroad at one of our partner universities.

Internship

During the third semester you can choose to complete an internship.