Public Health Science, Health Economics

University of Gothenburg

Master On Campus
24 months
14503 EUR/year
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The Public Health Science, Health Economics programme of the University of Gothenburg offers two unique specializations: health economics and health equality. In the health economic specialization, you will study economic development and health and methods for evaluating economic costs and benefits of health interventions.



The distribution of health and disease in the population is partly shaped by the distribution of power, opportunities, and socioeconomic resources, including access to adequate education, health care, safe housing and workplaces, clean water and food. The availability of social support, resources to meet daily needs, and the possibility to live a life free of discrimination are unequally distributed between and within countries, which in turn affects the prevalence of health and disease. 

Studying public health science in Sweden means that you will live and observe a country with extended structures for improved population health, such as universal welfare and health care systems. Despite this, you will also become aware of public health challenges even in a country with an extended welfare system such as Sweden.  

Through the focus on human rights, gender, and inequalities in health, our programme is closely focused on social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and is clearly connected with several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Public Health Science, Health Economics programme of the University of Gothenburg responds to these complex challenges by involving teachers from a variety of professional backgrounds such as medicine, epidemiology and law. 

If you choose to specialize in health economics, you will gain advanced knowledge of the relationship between economic development and health, and skills on how to design and evaluate public health interventions. Courses focus on the importance of society’s organization and other structural factors (political, economic, and cultural) for the health status of populations, including studies of the social determinants of health, such as income, poverty, economic inequity, and access to health care. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Health Foundations and Areas of Application 
  • Health Equality and the Right to Health 
  • Qualitative Methods in Public Health 
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics 
  • Health Economics: Foundations, Areas of Application, and Methodology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General 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
  • Grade Passed/E in English B/English 6
  • A complete CV template (use our CV template)
  • A verification of your Bachelor's degree or equivalent 
  • Documentation of your English proficiency, such as Engelska B/Engelska 6, TOEFL-, IELTS- or TWE-test

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14503 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29006 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • Full education cost: 294,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.


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