M.Sc. Public Health (MPH)

University of Eastern Finland

Application deadline: 7.1.2014
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
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Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The International Masters Degree program in Public Health, operating as an MPH Diploma Programme since 1993, started as a full Masters degree program (MPH) in 2005. It is organized by the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition in collaboration with experts from different national and international scientific fields.
The program is directed towards those interested in philosophical, epidemiological, social, behavioural and environmental aspects of health. The program is appropriate for individuals working in all levels of social and health care and social insurance administration. The program also encourages students to pursue continuous education throughout their lives.
We have trained a large number of professionals of various administrative and research positions from all over the world. Many of our alumni are currently working in highly demanding jobs in ministries of health, universities and other important institutions in their home countries.

The program covers 120 ECTS credits in 2 years. The academic year starts in September and ends in June. Courses are designed for full-time study.


Studying in Finland may differ considerably from the way of studying in your home country. Generally Finnish universities encourage students to independent studying and critical thinking. The Finnish system also has a strong emphasis on the use of literature as a source of information. Writing skills are also considered important and students write a lot of essays.
While studying in the Master´s program, you will be able to interact with students coming from different cultural backgrounds. This will give perspective to the diversity of global health issues. This also enables the students to form an international network of academic professionals.

The academic year starts in the beginning of September and ends in June. Academic year is divided into two semesters (autumn semester is from September to December; spring semester is from January to June).
The program covers 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) in 2 years. The workload is 60 ECTS per academic year. One ECTS credit requires approximately 27 hours of work.
Studies in the Master´s program consist of a variety of different learning methods: written examination, essays, short theses, seminar presentations, take home exams, practical assignments, group works and web-based learning.

Master´s Thesis
The student prepares ones Master´s thesis (30 ECTS credits) according to personal area of interest. The thesis is a process which develops throughout the studies in the Master´s program. The student prepares the thesis under the supervision of teachers and researchers at the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition. The university offers courses which help students working on their Master´s theses.


Language tests

Applicants should check the language skill requirements from the document of Admission requirements. It is up to the applicants to take the test in time. It should be noted that it may take several weeks before the test results are available. All language test results must arrive at University Admissions Finland by the application deadline.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

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