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Master's Programme in Public Health Science with track of specialization in Health Equality or Health Economics

Public health science is a multidisciplinary field aiming at population health and disease in a social context. As such, public health science has a main focus on the conditions in which people live their lives, i.e. the social determinants of health, and the overarching systems that form these conditions, e.g. economic structures, policies, legislations, political systems and social norms. From fall 2019, the programme will offer two tracks, either with a focus on health equality or on health economics.

Public Health is at the core of human development. Although we have seen remarkable global progress in life expectancy and decreasing prevalence of morbidity, this progress is unequally distributed both between and within countries, i.e. between different groups in the same society. In this way public health is closely connected to human rights and the right to health, asking questions of whether observed inequalities in health are fair or if they could have been avoided by adjustment of structures at societal level.

Public health science of today does also increasingly need to pay attention to health risks that transcend national boundaries (e.g. epidemics of communicable and non-communicable diseases, economic crisis, and violence in conflicts) and their effects, e.g. migration. In order to understand and act on these public health challenges multidisciplinary approaches are needed. Consequently, teachers at the program have a variety of professional backgrounds, from medicine, biostatistics and epidemiology to psychology, sociology, economics, and law.

The programme offers two tracks of specializations:

Health equality
Students within this track will gain advanced knowledge of causes and dynamics of health inequalities, its relation to human rights, and theories and models for levelling out potential inequities.
Admission requirements and registration

Health economics
Students within this track will gain advanced knowledge of the relationship between economic development and health as well as methods for evaluating economic costs and benefits of public health interventions.
Admission requirements and registration

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 starts with joint courses for students of both tracks of specialization in foundations in public health science, health equality and the right to health, and courses in both qualitative and quantitative method (i.e. biostatistics and epidemiology). The rest of the first year the students will take courses with a special focus on either health equality or health economics.

In the second year, the students have the opportunity to read even more advanced courses within their chosen track of specialization, i.e. Advanced course in health economic evaluation or Governing health equality: policy, interventions, and evaluations. However, in this third term it is also possible for students to choose other courses at GU, study a full exchange term abroad, or take one term internship course in Public health science. The internship course can either cover the full term or just the second half of the term. Internships can be spent in Sweden or abroad. The second part of the third term will also offer two elective courses where health equality aspects are applied to the public health themes Work and health and Migration and health.

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

Job opportunities

Job opportunities are wide-ranging in the public and private sectors including strategic public health planning, evaluation, administration and leadership at local, national and international levels. Suitable arenas are county councils, community organizations, private organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as national (governmental) and international (bilateral, multilateral) organizations.


A Bachelor's degree or professional degree qualification corresponding to at least 180 credits or equivalent, within the main areas of health science or social science. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Applications will be ranked by the Institute of Medicine based on students degrees earned, work and research 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 templates, 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. To apply to the program please visit: www.universityadmissions.se. Note, students apply for the two different specialization tracks, i.e. Health equality or Health economics, separately. Templates for applications will be found here https://studentportalen.gu.se/english/my-studies/medicine/programmes/public-health/application-selection.

Tuition Fee

Non EU-citizens need to pay a tuition fee, including:
Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 283 416 SEK
First payment: 70 854 SEK

Eligible EU/EEA students are not required to pay tuition fees.

Leaving the EU will not automatically mean that UK students will have to pay tuition fees, both students from EEA countries and Switzerland are not liable to pay tuition fees in Sweden even though their countries are not members of the EU. It all depends on what kind of agreement is made with the UK. A student who is admitted as a non-fee-paying student also has the right to complete their programme without paying tuition fees, so any students admitted before Brexit will remain exempt from tuition fees for the duration of their programme.

Since we do not yet know what kind of agreement will be made between the UK and the Swedish government, we can’t give a more definite answer at the moment. More information about this, will be published at Universityadmissions - tuition fees

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.

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Study counselling

 Therése Johansson

Phone: +46 31 786 3653
Monday-Thursday 13-14
Drop-in: Tuesday 14-15

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


Admissions are made every autumn term.

Apply via antagning.se latest 15 April if you have a Swedish Bachelor’s degree.

Apply via universityadmission.se latest 15 January if you have an international Bachelor’s degree.

Master student tells all

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

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