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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 Apply Deadline 2020-01-15 GU-60599 2 Opens 16 March GU-10698
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

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 deals with questions about the distribution of health within populations, health inequity and the structural factors that influence on health.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.

Work areas

Work opportunities are found in organizations engaged in promoting population health and preventing disease, including local and regional public health departments and authorities, such as ministries of health and social affairs, UN bodies and non-governmental organizations.

Term 1

The programme starts with courses that focus on the basic concepts, principles, fields of application and research methods in public health science. The first course presents foundations and core topics within public health science. Health inequity, and how to counteract this will be discussed and analyzed. Health promotion and disease prevention theories and methods are introduced, as well as public health ethics.

Term 2

The second term starts with a course in epidemiology and biostatistics, which prepares for the following in-depth courses by addressing quantitative methodology. The first in-depth course within this track focuses on how health economics combines public health and economic theories, and on methods and applications for micro- and macro-economic perspectives on health. Macroeconomic perspectives highlight health strategies of national and international institutions, including how they relate to economic development, poverty alleviation, etc. A key issue is investment in health care and other social security systems, as well as the effectiveness of these systems. Microeconomic perspectives on health focus on access and demand for different types of health interventions as well as their cost-effectiveness (in relation to the health goals pursued). An important part of public health economics is ethical reflections on priority setting that is necessary in a health care system with limited resources, e.g. whether some priorities favor certain groups or certain goals more than others.

Term 3

The third term of the programme offers elective in-depth courses.The health economics courses provide students with an in-depth understanding of economic perspectives on society and health, similarities and differences between the evaluation of medical and public health-related interventions, as well as when and how health-economic evaluations can and should be carried out.

The elective courses offered within the programme can be replaced by freestanding courses at the University of Gothenburg, at other universities in Sweden or abroad.

Term 4

The program is completed with a full term thesis course where students work on their master’s thesis project, which may include field studies and should relate to Health economics.


The programme leads to a Degree of Master of Medical Science with a major in 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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