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Programme in Public Health Science with Health Economics

A multidisciplinary course

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.

Three focus areas

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.

Application, entry requirements and selection

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:

  • Swedish 3 or Swedish course B or Swedish as second language 3, with at least a Pass grade, or the Test i svenska för universitetsstudier, Tisus (Test in Swedish for higher education). For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is necessary to have at least Swedish B.
  • English course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge.
  • Mathematics course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge. For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is not necessary to have Mathematics A.
     

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:

  • Swedish A1 or A2. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades in Swedish B. You can also meet the requirement of Swedish with the Swedish upper secondary school courses: Swedish 3 or Swedish as a second language 3. Swedish B or Swedish as Second Language B issued before 2013-07-01 or Test in Swedish for University Studies (Tisus).
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010 mathematics is not required for general admission.
     

 And specific entry requirements:

  • English B, Mathematics B (field-specific entry requirement 6b, with an exemption made in the case of Science Studies A, Social Studies A), or
  • English 6, Mathematics 2a or Mathematics 2b or Mathematics 2c (field-specific entry requirement A 6b, with an exemption made in the case of Science Studies 1b, Social Studies 1b).


Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

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