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. 

Outline of the programme

The programme 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.

Courses

 
Block A: Introduction to theory and method  
An introduction to public health sciences 7.5 ECTS
Research methodology 7.5 ECTS
Block B: Public health: Distributions and explanations  
Social inequalities in health 7.5 ECTS
Embodiment of the social world 7.5 ECTS
Block C: Qualitative and quantitative analytical methods  
Qualitative data sampling, materials, and collection 2.5 ECTS
Coding and analysing qualitative materials 2.5 ECTS
Analysing qualitative text and visual data materials 2.5 ECTS
Management and description of quantitative data 2.5 ECTS
Basic statistical analysis 2.5 ECTS
Statistical data modelling 2.5 ECTS
Block D: Development of (poor) health across life  
Early life conditions, health development, and child public health 7.5 ECTS
Life-course perspectives on ageing and health* 7.5 ECTS
Block E: Societal perspectives on public health
or
Block E: Individual perspectives on public health
 
Population development and social change** 
or
Psychological perspectives on health
7.5 ECTS
Health and policy in the welfare state
or
Stress, recovery, and health***
7.5 ECTS
Global health in a changing world 
or
Prevention, intervention, and health promotion
7.5 ECTS
Block F: Practical work in public health sciences  
Individual in-depth course in public health sciences
or
Traineeship in public health sciences
7.5 ECTS
Master thesis in public health sciences 30.0 ECTS


* 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

Interested in applying?

Next round

The next round of the programme starts in the autumn of 2020.

Entry requirements

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

Application deadline

January 15 (all applicants). Applications must be submitted through www.universityadmissions.se (English) or www.antagning.se (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) . The CV form is available here during the application period.

Tuition fee

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