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Governing health equality: policy, interventions and evaluations

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: MPH232 | Sustainability focused
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Period: 31 August 2020 - 2 November 2020
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The course focuses on the role of public health governance for the achievement of health equality and equity.Theoretical models and practical perspectives are highlighted and specific emphasis will be put on how theoretical knowledge can be translated into action. Students will have the opportunity to put into practice frameworks, techniques and methods for promoting a positive health development. In addition, they will study what role the constitution of institutions, policy and different forms of interventions can have for the ability to achieve health equality and equity.The focus of the first module is on the significance of ideologies, political and power structures for a societies organisation and dynamic.This module addresses such ideological points of departure and organisational models that characterise how public health issues are understood and handled. It will further address different ways of understanding the distribution of power as well as how it affects the possibilities for achieving health equality and equity.

The second module looks at how policy is created, decided and applied, including how focus and prioritization are determined, how advocacy work is done and what role different actors play. It will also discuss how decisions are made taking into account the political and legal context, as well as what role ethics, evidence and norms (e.g. how different population groups are perceived) can have in a decision making process.

The third module, finally, will deepen the students understanding of how interventions can be directed towards different levels of society (structures, communities, individuals) as well as towards different phases of health development, e.g. to promote health as an alternative to prevent disease deterioration.In addition, methods commonly used within public health planning, implementation and evaluation will be taught, critically discussed and practised.

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Course Syllabus


Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree or professional degree qualification corresponding to at least 180credits or equivalent, within the main areas of health science, social science, science, economics, arts or engineering field of education. 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: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 36 000 SEK
First payment: 36 000 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Therese Johansson,
Phone: +46 (0)31 - 786 3653
Phone hours: Monday - Thursday, 13.00 - 14.00
Visiting address Medicinaregatan 3 
Drop in: Tuesday: 14.00 - 16.00


Institute of Medicine
Box 428
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 3, plan 5

Course that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the course's main focus

Course that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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