Public Health (MSP), M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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  • English, Spanish
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The general aim of the programme is for students to gain the necessary abilities in order to deal with health problems and their determinants from the point of view of the population, and restore people's health by means of collective actions and the provision of services to protect and promote health.


The primary objective of the master's programme in Public Health is to enable students to understand health and disease processes and their determinants from the point of view of the population and to address health issues by means of collective interventions to promote, protect and restore health.

Barcelona's master's programme in Public Health was launched in 1989. Since 2006, it has been an interuniversity programme offered jointly by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Today, it aspires to international excellence in the training of public health professionals.

The programme's overall objective is for students to acquire the necessary skills to tackle health issues and their determinants from the point of view of the population and to promote and restore people's health by means of collective actions and the provision of services to protect and promote health.
These general skills include the ability to carry out the following public health activities:
  • Identify the health needs of the population.
  • Develop health policies and social responses to maintain, protect and promote health.
  • Ensure the provision of healthcare services.
  • Acquire the basic knowledge required to conduct epidemiological and public health research.
Who is it for?

The master's programme in Public Health is aimed at professionals and holders of a university degree or diploma - especially in the life sciences (medicine, nursing, biology, veterinary medicine, etc.), environmental sciences, statistics, economics, sociology, chemistry or pharmacy, among others - seeking to obtain the necessary knowledge and training to work in any area of public health.

Programme Structure

Students may choose between two course types - professional and research -both of which entail the same course load (120 credits in two academic years). Although both course types share a set of core subjects, each one also includes specific subjects. Students moreover have the possibility of designing their own specialization track based on optional subjects and, thus, ultimately determine their own tailored course of study.

In the first year, students must take the core subjects, the compulsory subjects for their chosen specialization, and part of the specialization module (optional subjects for the programme). In the second year, they must complete their master's degree final project (thesis), the professional internship, two compulsory subjects and the remainder of the specialization module (optional subjects or credits from external programmes).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

  • Official undergraduate degree/diploma and the academic transcriptof the accredited official training in accordance with UPF's regulations governing the assessment of academic transcripts weighted according to the average grade at the university of origin. Degrees in any academic field of study will be accepted.
  • A letter of motivation in Spanish, English or Catalan stating the candidate's interest in following the master's programme (600 to 800 words).
  • Proof of English language (level B2)
  • Proof of Spanish language (level B2) (for those whose language is not Spanish)

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 4092 International
  • EUR 3301 EU/EEA

Students UE: 3,301.8 | Non UE students: 4,092 (1 academic year)


Pompeu Fabra University offers two grants covering part of the programme's tuition fee.

Students may also apply for grants offered directly by the collaborating institutions, among which special attention should be called to the Barcelona Public Health Agency and the Catalan Healthcare and Social Services Consortium. These grants cover between 50% and 100% of the price of the tuition fee and require students to carry out their master's degree final project at the awarding institution.

As a new feature, the programme is also accepting applications for the Manel Nebot grant, which covers the full tuition fee for the master's programme.

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