M.Sc. Public Health Sciences

Karolinska Institutet

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 21,130 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences gives you insight into both local and global public health challenges, with the aim of improving the health of the world's population.

The ideal student - for a multidisciplinary classroom
The programme has a multi-disciplinary approach and you can have a variety of backgrounds and still be our perfect candidate.

One programme - different tracks
The Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences offers a range of options and provides a global perspective on public health issues as well as the opportunity to get in-depth knowledge in a number of areas by choosing a track within the programme as well as elective courses and independent projects.

The first year of the education is focused on advancing your knowledge in public health issues, scientific methodology and research preparation led by renowned researchers and professors within the field of public health and medicine.

Please note that tracks may vary from year to year.

The following tracks are offered in 2012:

Public Health Epidemiology
The Epidemiology track suits students with a great interest in using quantitative methods to improve human health. The highly accessible Swedish health registers provide valuable data for students and researchers in the health epidemiology field and the use of these is integrated in the coursework.

Key features of the Epidemiology track include the focus on disease prevention and non-clinical populations. You will during your study time learn to apply sociodemographic, behavioral and risk factors as well as scientific principles to enable disease prevention and evaluation.

The focus on prevention and evaluation is particularly strong in the track compared to other equivalent programmes in the world today. You will acquire analytic tools suitable for a global context.

Health Economics, Policy and Management
The Health Economics, Policy and Management track provides an opportunity to develop theoretical and practical skills for analysing health and health care issues on an organisational and policy level.

The objectives of this track is to give you a solid base for a career in the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields, enhance your existing set of health economics, management and policy skills, and gain theoretical and conceptual understanding of the function of the health sector. The acquired tools will enable you to successfully work within one of the fastest growing fields in the world.

Career opportunities after graduation
You might soon be a health economist, manager or researcher. Upon graduation, you can can expect both a local or a global career either within research or the public sector, or at agencies responsible for environmental and health protection.


Health economics, policy and management
Year 1

* Introduction to public health sciences
* Health systems and policy
* Planning for health
* Health economics
* Basic epidemiology and statistics I
* Health outcomes measurement
* Economic evaluation of health care programmes
* Health and medical care management

Year 2

* Statistics II
* Advanced course in Health systems and policy
* Advanced course in Health economics
* Advanced course in Health and medical care management
* Science theory, practice and ethics
* Degree project

Public Health Epidemiology
Year 1

Public health science
Epidemiological methods for:

* studies of the distribution of health
* studies of determinants of health
* outcome evaluation of interventions


* Qualitative methods
* Collecting and organising data

Year 2

Applied epidemiology 1-3:

* distribution of health
* determinants of health
* outcome evaluation
* Science theory, practice and ethics
* Degree project

Semester 1
Introduction to Public Health Sciences, 7.5 credits
Health economics - Financing health and medical care, 10 credits
Health systems and policy, 10 credits
Planning for health, 2.5 credits
Semester 2
Basic Epidemiology and Statistics I, 5 credits
Health Outcomes Measurement, 7,5 credits
Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, 7,5 credits
Health and Medical Care Management, 10 credits
Semester 3
Statistics II, 5 credits
Advanced course in health economics, 5 credits
Advanced course in health systems and policy, 5 credits
Advanced course in health and medical care management, 5 credits
Science - theory, practice and ethics, 10 credits
Semester 4
Degree project, 30 credits


A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in public health science, healthcare or other relevant social sciences subject area.

Proficiency in the English language should be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL: internet based (iBT) with a total score of at least 90 and minimum score of 20 in written test, paper based (PBT) with a total score of at least 575, and minimum score of 4.5 in written test, or IELTS (academic) with an overall mark of at least 6.5 and no band less than 5.5; or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English B at Swedish upper secondary school.

The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and statement of intent. Letters of recommendation are not required.

The online application opens 16 October 2012.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


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