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An introduction to public health sciences

  • 7.5 credits

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to public health sciences.

The course will offer a review of the history of the discipline and introduce its main areas of action with a focus on health research. The course will introduce key theoretical frameworks, empirical examples, as well as some controversial issues related to the discipline. Overall, this course features the social science profile of the discipline at the Department of Public Health Sciences.

  • Course structure

    The lectures and seminars will be held online, via Athena. For more details, please see the course description.

    PH01A0 Course description Autumn term 2020 (119 Kb)

    Teaching format

    The course will consist of eight sessions - a combination of lectures and group discussions to ensure an interactive learning environment. Most of the sessions will be preceded by preparatory work consisting of short videos and readings, to be completed during the student’s own time. The preparatory material will be made available on Athena as soon as the previous session is completed. The upcoming session will then take place 'live' on Zoom at a given date and time, with the lecturer and all other students in attendance (see note below). Session attendance is mandatory - if the student is unable to attend, they should contact the course managers for information regarding a compensatory assignment.

    In addition, there are two mandatory "course resources" that should be completed before the end of the course, but preferably before submission of the group and individual examinations.

    The course will be taught in English.


    The course is examined through active participation in the seminars, a group exercise (including a written assignment and an oral presentation at a seminar), and an individual written take-home exam. In case of absence from the seminars, the student will be provided with a compensatory assignment.

    The group exercise as well as participation in the seminars will be graded according to a two-point grading scale (G=Pass, U=Fail). It is mandatory to receive a pass to be able to pass the course. In case of absence at the oral part of the group exercise, the student will be given a compensatory assignment.
    The take-home exam consists of an individual written essay. The questions and their respective guidelines will be distributed to the students at the beginning of the course.

    The examination will be in English.

    If the student has a certificate from Stockholm University that recommends special pedagogical support, the examiner has the right to offer the student alternative forms of examination.


    Sol Juarez and Mikael Rostila

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Online learning through Zoom and Athena

    Schedule for PH01A0 is available in the course descripton


  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Whom do I turn to if I have a question about the introductory course?
    Sol Juarez and Mikael Rostila, Course managers for the first course
    E-mail: and

    Study counsellor
    Anna Nyström
    +46(0)8 16 14 25

    Study administrator
    Linda Rämö
    +46 (0)8 674 75 61