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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 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

    For more detailed information, please see the course description which will be published here at least one month beforethe course starts.

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be based on lectures and seminars.

    Course managers

    Sol Juarez and Mikael Rostila


    The course is examined through a group assignment, 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.



  • Contact

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

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

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