Master's Programme in Population Health: Societal and Individual Perspectives, 120 credits

About the education

Population health has improved across the globe, but health differences between countries have grown since some parts of the world population are increasingly lagging behind. Within countries the tendency is often the same: a widening of health inequalities. The Master's Programme in Population Health, at the Department of Public Health Sciences, will address the root causes of health inequalities by looking at the impact of welfare policies and social and economic circumstances across the life course as well as individual behaviours and characteristics. Health, and its social distribution, is studied through a multidisciplinary combination of sociology, psychology and public health sciences.

Based on the most current international research this Master's Programme will provide a broad knowledge in the field of public health sciences and a deeper understanding of the links to individual characteristics and to the organisation of society. The course objectives range from the importance of welfare policies to psychobiological processes, from regional to global health. The programme includes a life course approach with specific courses on health inequalities among the children and the elderly. Quantitative methods are utilised throughout the programme.

The skills acquired for independent analysis of health issues, critical understanding of evidence and the knowledge of quantitative methods will prepare students for a research career as well as for a career in national or international organisations working to promote health.

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Subject: Public Health

Public health science is a multidisciplinary subject focusing on the relation between society and health. These relations are studied on both societal, group and individual level, but relations between these levels are also central. Public health science focus on links between macro and micro, where the endpoints consists of the structure of society and individual biological processes, as well as processes over the life cycle.

CHESS (Centre for Health Equity Studies) provide the Master programme "Population health: Societal and individual perspectives" 120 ECTS. With a basis in current international research, the Master programme provide a broad knowledge in Public health and a deepend understanding for how health is related to individual characteristics and the structuring of society. From a life course perspective and with a focus on international health the programme deals with the whole chain from biological processes to welfare policy, where connections to inequality in health is put forward.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Public Health Sciences