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What is public health?

For many, the term 'public health' primarily brings to mind the practice of public health, which has the overall purpose of preventing disease and promoting health. This ambition was also behind the establishment of public health as an academic discipline. For public health practice and public health research alike, there are tensions between a medical model that focuses on individual risk factors for disease as well as medical treatments, and a social model that emphasises the role of societal structures and living conditions. 

At the Department of Public Health Sciences, we jointly consider these models in our multidisciplinary approach to public health. Our research - and education - is nevertheless firmly rooted in the social sciences and insights from, for example, sociology and psychology regarding the complex interplay between social structures and individuals. 

Programme outline

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

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.

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.

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

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.


Block A: Introduction to theory and method  
PH01A0 An introduction to public health sciences
Course managers: Sol Juarez and Mikael Rostila
7.5 credits
PH02A0 Research methodology
Course managers: Anders Ledberg and Jukka Törrönen
7.5 credits
Block B: Public health: Distributions and explanations  
PH03A0 Social inequalities in health
Course managers: Olof Östergren and Tomas Hemmingsson
7.5 credits
PH04A0 Embodiment of the social world
Course managers: Sara Brolin Låftman and Bitte Modin
7.5 credits
Block C: Qualitative and quantitative analytical methods  
PH05A0 Qualitative data sampling, materials, and collection
PH06A0 Coding and analysing qualitative materials
PH07A0 Analysing qualitative text and visual data materials
Course managers: Jessica Storbjörk and Jukka Törrönen
2.5 credits
2.5 credits
2.5 credits
PH08A0 Management and description of quantitative data
PH09A0 Basic statistical analysis
PH10A0 Statistical data modelling
Course managers: Anders Ledberg and Ylva B Almquist
2.5 credits
2.5 credits
2.5 credits
Block D: Development of (poor) health across life  
PH11A0 Early life conditions, health development, and child public health
Course managers: Lisa Berg and Ilona Koupil
7.5 credits
PH12A0 Life-course perspectives on ageing and health*
Course managers: Stefan Fors and Jonas Wastesson
7.5 credits
Block E: Societal perspectives on public health  
SO7100 Population development and social change**
Course managers: Eleonora Mussino and Gunnar Andersson
7.5 credits
PH14A0 Health and policy in the welfare state
Course managers: Alexander Miething and Jessica Storbjörk
7.5 credits
PH15A0 Global health in a changing world
Course managers: Andrea Dunlavy and Karl Gauffin
7.5 credits
Block E: Individual perspectives on public health  
PH16A0 Psychological perspectives on health
Course managers: Peter Wennberg and Jenny Eklund
7.5 credits
PH17A0 Stress, recovery, and health***
Course managers: Wessel van Leuwen and Göran Kecklund
7.5 credits
PH18A0 Prevention, intervention, and health promotion
Course managers: Peter Wennberg and Kristina Sundqvist
7.5 credits
Block F: Practical work in public health sciences  
PH19A0 Individual in-depth course in public health sciences or 
PH20A0 Traineeship in public health sciences
Course manager: Peter Larm
7.5 credits
PH21A0 Master thesis in public health sciences
Course managers: Ylva B Almquist and Sol Juarez
30.0 credits

* Given in collaboration with Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, within the main field of public health sciences
** Given by the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, within the main field of demography
*** Given in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, within the main field of public health sciences
AUT=Autumn term, SPR=Spring term. Each term is divided into four periods (1A, 1B, 2C, 2D). Read more about term dates

How to apply

Next round

This programme starts every autumn. The next round of the programme starts in the autumn of 2020.
Apply to the track "Societal perspectives on public health"
Apply to the track "Individual perspectives on public health"

Entry requirements

A degree comprising at least 180 credits, including an independent thesis comprising at least 15 credits, as well as English proficiency equivalent to English Course B or English 6.

Application deadline

NOTE: Application deadline has passed for the programme that starts in Autumn 2020.
Deadline January 15th, 2020 (all applicants), application period started on October 16th, 2019.
Applications must be submitted through (English) or (Swedish).

CV form

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) (Word docx-file).

Tuition fee

Applies to citizens from outside EU, EES or Switzerland.
First payment: 60 750 SEK. The complete course/programme: 243 000 SEK.