A public health scientist aims to create the right conditions for people’s physical and mental well-being. This is a multidisciplinary course which provides a unique understanding of how to prevent illness and promote health within society.
Public health science is a discipline about the health of the population at local, national and international level. The focus is on factors which control health within our society, such as poverty, social inequality, gender, ethnicity and lifestyle. Important areas which are studied are the environment and the organisation of health care. Global and multicultural issues also form a core element of the course.
The work of the public health scientist brings health benefits for both the individual and society as a whole. The breadth of knowledge which the role involves means that he or she can deal with preventative and health-promotion issues at local, national and international level. This work can be found in individual companies and public administration. There are also opportunities to work for international bodies and voluntary organisations.
The public health scientist often has a coordinating, motivating role within a team. Tasks might involve assessing the current state of public health, planning measures and resources, and implementing and evaluating health-promotion activities. Potential areas of work include drug and crime prevention, mental ill health and helping young people adopt a better lifestyle. A public health scientist can also analyse inequalities in health within a particular section of the population, or deal with accident prevention, working environment initiatives, staff health and other similar issues.
The Programme in Public Health Science at the Sahlgrenska Academy has three focus areas: health economics, epidemiology and gender studies.
Health economics applies economic theories and methods to health-related issues, such as analysing the cost of ill health to society and carrying out an economic assessment of public health interventions.
Epidemiology, the study of the spread of disease, involves being able to describe and analyse the state of health of a population. Using statistical methods, the risks of ill health and illness can be assessed and preventative and health-promotion initiatives planned.
Gender studies, in terms of public health science, involves analysing and understanding how the lifestyle differences between men and women affect their health, and proposing preventative and health-promotion initiatives on the basis of this.
Twenty students are accepted each year to the Programme in Public Health Science in Gothenburg. Admission takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.
General entry requirements are:
If you have an IB degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish and mathematics.
For general admission, you must have:
And specific entry requirements:
Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).