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Master's Programme in Public Health Science with Health Economics

Public Health Science with Health Economics is a Master’s degree programme that leads to a comprehensive competence and understanding of population health and how social determinants influence health development in high as well as low income countries. Gender perspectives are integrated throughout the programme.

Public Health of today needs to pay attention to health risks that transcend national boundaries (epidemics of communicable and non-communicable diseases, economic crisis, and violence in conflicts), inequity in health between population groups and is strongly dependant on the ecological system. Therefore, multi-disciplinary approaches are needed.

Public health interventions bring together many different sectors in close collaboration, such as the health care services, and state and community organisations. These are commonly long-term commitments that must be cost-effective for maximum output in the form of healthy populations.

The programme

This two year international programme is taught in English and corresponds to 120 higher education credits (HEC), equivalent to ECTS credits.

The programme comprises of courses in Welfare policies and practice, Global Health, Health Economy, Advanced Epidemiology with Biostatistics and Qualitative Methods.

In the second year, one term is reserved for eligible courses, to enable the students to acquire in-depth knowledge within a certain area of their own interest. Such courses can be applied for at the University of Gothenburg, at other universities in Sweden or at partner universities within or outside Europe.

The final term is devoted to the Master’s thesis, which is carried out in collaboration with a research group and results in a scientific article on a topic of the student’s choice.


Students will acquire knowledge and skills enabling them to:

  • Collect and analyse data on the health status and well-being of population groups, including gender aspects.
  • Critically and independently assess the influence of physical and social determinants on population health and, by means of epidemiological considerations, suggest activities to reduce health disparities.
  • Apply health economics analysis methods and suggest cost-effective interventions.
  • Substantially contribute to the content of health programmes, their implementation, management and evaluation aimed at health promotion, disease prevention and rehabilitation, taking gender aspects into account.

Job opportunities

Jobs are available within health planning and health administration at local, regional, national and international levels, in the public and private sector.

Suitable arenas are County councils, community organisations and administration, private enterprises, non-governmental organisations as well as national (governmental) and international (bilateral, multilateral) organisations. The Institute of Public Health, the Swedish International Development co-operation agency (SIDA), The Red Cross and Save the Children’s Fund are examples of such organisations.

You can also remain at the university, pursuing further studies leading to a PhD degree in Public Health Science.

Admission and applying

The Master’s programme is open to those holding a Bachelor’s degree equivalent to 180 HEC. Priority is given to students with an exam in health related science, economy, psychology or sociology. For Swedish students, English B level is required and, for international students, English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with no component below 5.5 or TOEFL 90, and with TWE score 20 as an additional requirement.

However, this requirement does not apply to students with a Bachelor’s degree from an educational programme in which English was the only language of instruction. Priority will be given to students with 7,5 hec in Basic epidemiology/biostatistics.

Courses at Bachelor’s level are offered to applicants who lack the required subject knowledge within epidemiology or health economics. A maximum of 30 HEC can be covered by courses at Bachelor’s level for inclusion in the Master’s degree.

Eligible EU/EEA students are not required to pay tuition fees. Fees for non-EU/EEA students are at the level of SEK 132 600 per academic year.

Students from partner universities are exempt from tuition fees. Scholarships will be available for highly qualified students from non-EU countries, to be applied for in competition.

Admission requirements and registration

Student counselling

Thomas Jonsson

Phone: +46 31 786 3653
Monday-Thursday 13-14
Drop-in: Tuesday 14-16

Visiting address Medicinaregatan 3
Visits by appointment by phone or email.

Master student tells all

Meet Eric Twum-Antwl, a student at the Master's Programme in Public Health Science with Health Economics.

Programme overview

Programme overview

Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 3/12/2014

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