Master's Programme in Public Health Science, Health Equality
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.
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.