M.Sc. Public Health Sciences

Karolinska Institutet | Stockholm, Sweden
Public health sciences promotes health and quality of life, prevents disease and improves health systems. The Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences provides a global perspective to the public health field and has a multidisciplinary approach. You choose between two different study tracks, detailed below.
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Description of Public Health Sciences

Public Health Epidemiology

This track provides advanced studies in epidemiology and its application within public health. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of epidemiological and statistical methods, data acquisition and management, and methods for outcome assessment of public health interventions and policy. The focus is on applied epidemiology in order to develop the skills to describe, analyse and reflect upon a variety of public health issues and to critically review epidemiological studies.

Health Economics, Policy and Management
This track provides an opportunity for students to develop theoretical and practical skills for analysing health and healthcare issues at the organisational and policy level. The objectives of this track are to give students a base for a career in the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields, enhance their existing set of health economics, management and policy skills, and help them gain theoretical and conceptual understanding of the function of the health sector.
Career opportunities

Graduates are well prepared for several positions in the private and public sectors, particularly authorities responsible for environmental and health issues, international work, or to proceed with further research and education.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)
  • Total amount: 360 000 SEK
  • First instalment: 90 000 SEK
Start date August  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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 3Statistics 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

Requirements for Public Health Sciences

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.

Applicants to Karolinska Institutet´s Global Master´s programmes are asked to complete a CV form that will be used in the selection process.

Work Experience for Public Health Sciences

No work experience is required.

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Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

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