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An introduction to public health sciences

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

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

    A detailed course description will be published here at last one month before the course starts. More information will also be distributed to all registered students though Athena.

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be based on lectures and seminars.

    Participation in the seminars is mandatory. In case of absence, the student will be given compensatory assignments.

    The course will be taught in English.

    See the course description for more detailed information. The course description will available at least one month before the course starts.

    Course managers

    Sol Juarez and Helena Honkaniemi


    The course is examined through a group assignment (writen and oral), a home exam, and active participation in the master programme's seminar series. In case of absence from the seminars, the student will be provided with a compensatory assignment.

    The examination will be in English.

    The grading criteria will be published in Athena when the course introduction takes place, at the latest.

    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

  • 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.

    A detailed schedule for this course will be presented to all registered students in Athena, and in the course description (available above under 'Course structure').


  • Course literature

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

  • Contact

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


    Contact information for Master's students

    Study counsellor
    Study administrator
    Coordinator, master's programme
    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels