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Masterprogram i folkhälsovetenskap, hälsoekonomi

Sahlgrenska akademin, Göteborgs universitet
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Sahlgrenska akademin, Göteborgs universitet

Masterprogram i folkhälsovetenskap, hälsoekonomi

This Master's programme in public health science has a specific focus on Health Economics. Apart from a broad base in the field of public health science, its theories and methods, students will gain advanced knowledge of the relationship between economic development and health as well as methods for evaluating economic costs and benefits of health interventions. The purpose of the programme is to prepare students for successful participation in strategic and practical public health work within regional, national and/or international institutions as well as for further studies at postgraduate level.

Public health science is a multidisciplinary field that places questions about health and disease in a social context. Its breadth implies that there is a need for a deeper understanding of specific themes, in this case, economic analyses of health systems, health-related behavior and health interventions. Public health science focuses on the importance of society's organization and other structural factors (political, economic and cultural) for the health status of populations, including studies of the social determinants of health, e.g. income, poverty, economic inequity, access to health care and so forth. Based on this, the public health discipline deals with questions about whether the distribution of health within a population is equal and fair, that is, if variations in the health of different groups can be referred to structural factors and therefore are possible to change. An important part of health economics is the formulation of evaluations that measures costs and health benefits of interventions, including ethical aspects of priority setting.

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Work opportunities for Public health professionals mirror contemporary public health challenges. Positions will therefore be found in organizations engaged in promoting population health and preventing disease, such as local and regional public health departments and authorities, ministries of health and social affairs, UN bodies and non-governmental organizations. Public health professionals perform a wide range of tasks including surveillance and analyses of population health data, evaluation of health promotion policy and interventions addressing communicable, non-communicable diseases, and social determinants of health. Students completing the programme are also well prepared for PhD studies within the area of Public health science.


Entry to the programme requires a Bachelor's degree or professional degree qualification corresponding to at least 180 credits in the mail area of Health sciences or Social sciences or equivalent. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.
Selection: Applications will be ranked by the Institute of Medicine based on students degrees earned, work experience and motivation for applying to the program. A verification of degree and English requirements (TOFEL) must be submitted together with a letter of intent (LOI) and a Curriculum Vitae (CV). The CV should be structured in accordance with our template, i.e. include a list of education, relevant work experience and knowledge in research methodology. The LOI (maximum of 250 words in English) should cover statement of intent, ambition and initiative.

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Degree of Master of Medical Science with a major in Public Health Science

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