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Master's Programme in Public Health Science, Health Economics

Master's programme | 120 credits | Sustainability focused
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Comments: Please note that the entrance requirements has changed according to what was initially stated.
1 Closed GU-60599 2 Closed GU-10698
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

The master’s programme in Public Health Science offers two unique specializations: health economics and health equality. In the health economic specialization, you will study economic development and health and methods for evaluating economic costs and benefits of health interventions.The distribution of health and disease in the population is partly shaped by the distribution of power, opportunities, and socioeconomic resources. Examples include access to adequate education, health care, safe housing and workplaces, as well as access to clean water and food. The availability of social support, resources to meet daily needs, and the possibility to live a life free of discrimination are unequally distributed between and within countries, which in turn affects the prevalence of health and disease.

Studying public health science in Sweden means that you will live and observe a country with extended structures for improved population health, such as universal welfare and health care systems. Despite this, you will also become aware of public health challenges even in a country with an extended welfare system such as Sweden. 

Addressing complex challenges with interdisciplinarity

Through the focus on human rights, gender, and inequalities in health, our programme is closely focused on social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and is clearly connected with several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Public health science examines population health and disease in a social context, focusing on the social determinants of health and the overarching systems that form these conditions, such as economic structures, policies, legislations, political systems, and social norms.Our programme responds to these complex challenges by involving teachers from a variety of professional backgrounds such as medicine, biostatistics, epidemiology, sociology, economics, law, philosophy, and theory of science.

Specializing in health economics

 If you choose to specialize in health economics, you will gain advanced knowledge of the relationship between economic development and health, and skills on how to design and evaluate public health interventions. Courses focus 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, such as income, poverty, economic inequity, and access to health care.

Who should apply?

Do you want to understand how the production, delivery, and financing of health care services is organized and how it influences population health? Are you interested in learning practical skills for how to design and evaluate public health interventions with the aim to understand whether an intervention causes some effect or not? Whether you have a background in health care or social sciences, human rights or economics, if you are passionate about understanding and ethically prioritizing interventions to health inequalities, then apply for the master’s program in Public Health Science specializing in health economics.

Programme Structure and Content

The first semester consists of three mandatory courses that students of both specializations take together. The second semester has one mandatory joint course in epidemiology and biostatistics that prepares you for the following in-depth mandatory course in your specialization.During the third semester, you can choose courses from other departments at the University, study a full semester abroad, or complete an internship. You may also choose an advanced course in your specialization or joint courses where health equality aspects are applied to the themes of work and migration.The final semester is devoted to your master’s thesis, which will result in a scientific article.

After Graduation

The programme leads to a degree of Master of Medical Science with a major in Public Health Science.

Work opportunities for public health professionals will 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.You will also be prepared for PhD studies within the area of public health science.


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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Qualification for admission to the programme requires professional degree/Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in a health science, social science, science, economics, arts or engineering field of education and grade Passed/E in English B/English 6.

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. Specific information about requirements is found on the template at:

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 288 000 SEK
First payment: 72 000 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

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

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

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