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Master's programme in public health sciences: individual perspectives

  • 120 credits

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

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - programmes

A warm welcome to our Master’s programme in Public Health Sciences: Societal and Individual Perspectives. We hope you will have two interesting years before you leave with a Master of Science in Public Health Sciences.

Roll-call and introduction

On the 31th of August at 10.00 (10 am, CET), we will arrange an introduction via Zoom where you will receive some additional information and get the opportunity to ask questions. Instructions on how to attend the introduction will be sent out in August.

Online learning during period 1

Due to the current situation with the corona pandemic, all teaching at the Department of Public Health Sciences will be held online during the 1st period of the fall term 2020, from the 31st of August until the 2nd of November (study part A and B, week 36 to 44).
A decision for the second period will be made after the summer.


To claim your place on the programme, you need to register to the programme . The online registration is open between August 5th and August 14th, 2020. After this, we will admit students from the reserve list.

  1. Activate your university account at Stockholm University:
  2. Log on to the Stockholm University site “My Studies” and register to the first course (“Introduction to public health sciences”, found under the tab “My courses”):

If you have been conditionally admitted to the programme, please make sure you meet the requirements for eligibility at the time of the registration. This means you need to make the first instalment of your tuition fee and/or present documents supporting your eligibility to the Director of studies by email at

Unable to participate?

If you are unable to participate in the Master's programme in Public Helath Sciences: Societal and Individual Perspectives, please inform our study counsellor Anna Nyström by email ( as soon as possible if your intention is to not register at the programme.

Recommended literature to start with

You may be interested in learning more about the basics of public health before the programme starts. We recommend these two books to start with (both are open access/free of charge):

The literature list for the first course is published at “An introduction to public health sciences”, and preliminary schedule will soon follow.

We look forward to meeting you via Zoom on the 31st of August!

Ylva B Almquist, Director of studies, Basic and advanced levels
Sol Juarez, Coordinator, Master’s programme
Mikael Rostila, Head of the Department

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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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 programme 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.

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.

  • Programme overview

    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" (PHSIP) offers two tracks; Societal perspectives on public health (PHSIP-PSOC, and Individual perspectives on public health (PHSIP-PIND). The courses within blocks A-D and F are the same for both tracks, whereas block E differs depending on the track.

    Year 1

    Each term is divided into four periods (1A, 1B, 2C, 2D)

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, both courses in Block A (Autumn 1A and Autumn 1B) will be held online via Zoom.

    Block A: Introduction to theory and method

    Autumn 1A: An introduction to public health sciences (PH01A0) 7.5 credits
    Course managers: Sol Juarez and Mikael Rostila
    Autumn 1B: Research methodology (PH02A0) 7.5 credits
    Course managers: Anders Ledberg and Jukka Törrönen 

    Information about the teaching (campus based or online learning) of Block 2 courses will be available after summer.

    Block B: Public health: Distributions and explanations

    Autumn 2C: Social inequalities in health (PH03A0) 7.5 credits
    Course managers: Olof Östergren and Tomas Hemmingsson

    Autumn 2D: Embodiment of the social world (PH04A0) 7.5 credits
    Course managers: Bitte Modin and Maria Granvik Saminathen                 

    Block C: Qualitative and quantitative analytical methods

    Spring 1A:
    Qualitative data sampling, materials, and collection (PH05A0) 2.5 credits
    Coding and analysing qualitative materials (PH06A0) 2.5 credits
    Analysing qualitative text and visual data materials (PH07A0) 2.5 credits
    Course managers: Jessica Storbjörk and Jukka Törrönen   
    Spring 1B:
    Management and description of quantitative data (PH08A0) 2.5 credits
    Basic statistical analysis (PH09A0) 2.5 credits
    Statistical data modelling (PH10A0) 2.5 credits
    Course managers: Anders Ledberg and Ylva B Almquist

    Block D: Development of (poor) health across life

    Spring 2C: Early life conditions, health development, and child public health (PH11A0) 7.5 credits
    Course managers: Lisa Berg and Ilona Koupil   
    Spring 2D: Life-course perspectives on ageing and health* (PH12A0) 7.5 credits
    Course managers: Jonas Wastesson and Louise Sundberg

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

    Year 2

    Block E: Individual perspectives on public health

    Autumn 1A: Psychological perspectives on health (PH16A0)  7.5 credits
    Course managers: Peter Wennberg and TBD
    Autumn 1B: Stress, recovery, and health** (PH17A0) 7.5 credits
    Course managers: Wessel van Leuwen and Göran Kecklund
    Autumn 2C: Prevention, intervention, and health promotion (PH18A0) 7.5 credits
    Course managers: Peter Wennberg and TBD  

    Block F: Practical work in public health sciences

    Autumn 2D:
    Individual in-depth course in public health sciences (PH19A0) 7.5 credits
    Traineeship in public health sciences (PH20A0) 7.5 credits
    Course manager: Peter Larm

    Spring 1A-2D: Master thesis in public health sciences (PH21A0) 30.0 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

  • 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:

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

    Study councellor: