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Master's programme in public health sciences: Individual perspectives on public health

Do you want to know more about what influences people's health?

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Public health sciences encompass many different perspectives. Our courses on public health and its determinants are firmly rooted in the social sciences.

If you study with us, you will learn about the distribution of (poor) health across different groups in society; what it looks like today but also what it looked like in the past. You will learn more about social and societal structures and how these, through the interplay with individual characteristics, may influence people's habits and living conditions. We go deeper into the ways in which health and disease develop throughout the life course, from childhood to old age. You will also get to know more about how public health policy and practice has developed over time, at both the regional and global levels, as well as gain insights into different measures taken to prevent disease and promote health.

Individual perspectives on public health

The Master's programme in public health sciences offers two tracks during the third term. The track "Individual perspectives on public health" includes courses that reflect psychological topics such as stress, sleep, behaviours, as well as public health practice related to prevention, intervention, and health promotion.

You will find information on the track "Societal perspectives on public health" here:

Master's programme in Public Health Sciences: Societal perspectives on public health

The subject of public health sciences is the perfect choice for those wanting a social science education in order to work with, for example, investigations and preventive measures in municipalities and regions, strategic public health work in governmental agencies and the private sector, issues related to health and health care, as well as international aid.

As a public health scientist, you can work with municipalities, regions, governmental agencies, organisations, and companies, both in Sweden and internationally.

  • Programme overview

    The programme overview described below applies to students admitted to the programme in year 2022.

    A seminar series runs throughout the programme, with the purpose of enhancing the theoretical and methodological knowledge within public health sciences, strengthening abilities to apply this knowledge to solve complex problems, issues, and situations, as well as offering the opportunity to identify and reflect on the need for own knowledge and competence development.

    All courses are mandatory and offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences unless otherwise specified. All courses are at the advanced level and conducted in English.

    Our "Master's programme in public health sciences: Societal and individual perspectives" (PHSAN) offers two tracks; Societal perspectives on public health (PHSAN-PSOC), and Individual perspectives on public health (PHSAN-PIND). The courses within blocks A-D and F are the same for both tracks, whereas block E differs depending on the track.

    The programme consists of six blocks (A-F), and each term is divided into four periods (A, B, C and D).

    Year 1

    Autumn term

    Block A: Introduction to theory and method

    Period A:
    An introduction to public health sciences (7.5 credits)
    Course managers: Sol Juarez and Helena Honkaniemi

    Period B:
    Research methodology (7.5 credits)
    Course managers: Anders Ledberg and Jukka Törrönen

    Block B: Public health: Distributions and explanations

    Period C:
    Social inequalities in health (7.5 credits)
    Course manager: Jonas Landberg

    Period D:
    Embodiment of the social world (7.5 credits)
    Course manager: Bitte Modin

    Spring term

    Block C: Qualitative and quantitative analytical methods

    Period A:
    Qualitative data sampling, materials, and collection (2.5 credits)
    Coding and analysing qualitative materials (2.5 credits)
    Analysing qualitative text and visual data materials (2.5 credits)
    Course managers: Jessica Storbjörk and Jukka Törrönen

    Period B:
    Management and description of quantitative data (2.5 credits)
    Basic statistical analysis (2.5 credits)
    Statistical data modelling (2.5 credits)
    Course managers: Ylva B. Almquist and Anders Ledberg

    Block D: Development of (poor) health across life

    Period C:
    Early life conditions, health development, and child public health (7.5 credits)
    Course manager: Ilona Koupil

    Period D:
    Life-course perspectives on ageing and health (7.5 credits)*
    Course managers: Jonas Wastesson and Malin Ericsson

    * Given in collaboration with Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, within the main field of public health sciences

    Year 2

    Autumn term

    Block E: Individual perspectives on public health

    Period A:
    Psychological perspectives on health (7.5 credits)
    Course managers: Peter Wennberg and Viviane Schultz Straatmann

    Period B:
    Stress, recovery, and health (7.5 credits)***
    Course managers: Loretta Platts and Wessel van Leeuven

    Period C:
    Prevention, intervention, and health promotion (7.5 credits)
    Course managers: Fabrizia Giannotta and Peter Wennberg

    Block F: Practical work in public health sciences

    Period D:
    Individual in-depth course in public health sciences (7.5 credits) or Traineeship in public health sciences (7.5 credits)
    Course manager: Peter Larm

    Spring term

    Period A-D:
    Master thesis in public health sciences (30 credits)
    Course managers: Ylva B. Almquist and Sol Juarez

    *** Given in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, within the main field of public health sciences

  • How to apply

    Applications must be submitted through (English) or (Swedish).

    Required supporting documentation

    CV form required

    You will need to fill in a CV form to to assist our assessment. The form should be uploaded together with the application:  CV form (63 Kb)

  • Career opportunities

    After completion of the programme, you will obtain a Master of Science in Public Health Sciences.

    As a public health scientist, you can work with municipalities, regions, governmental agencies, organisations, and companies, both in Sweden and internationally.

    The programme will prepare for postgraduate education and also provide qualification to work with e.g. investigations and policy measures at the national, regional, and local levels, practical public health work within governmental agencies and in the private sector, as well as issues relating to health care international aid.

  • Contact

    If you have questions concerning the Master's programme in Public Health Sciences, please send an email to:

    Study councellor:

    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels / Coordinator, master's programme: