M.Sc. On Campus

Public Health (one-year)

Umea University

12 months
7233 EUR/year
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Since 1991, the Public Health (one-year) programme at the Umea University has attracted students from more than 70 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe (including Sweden) and North and South America. This global recruitment has become an important influence on our teaching and research, with Swedish and international public health professionals learning from one another.


Key facts

The Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year) at Umea University includes a number of courses on global health conditions, on health systems analysis, on the relations between social conditions and health and on the methods that you need to carry out public health work. The programme provides public health practitioners and researchers with the skills required to understand, and ultimately help improve and maintain the health status of the population.


By nature, Public Health is multidisciplinary, drawing on social sciences and medicine, using qualitative and quantitative methods to identify and assess specific health risks before designing and implementing effective public health strategies. Traditionally drawing on the fields of microbiology, entomology, parasitology and the management and control of infectious diseases. In today's globalised world we are increasingly facing new public health challenges involving causation and prevention of chronic diseases.

Active search for knowledge

Studying on the programme means an active search for knowledge, problem solving and critical analyses based on a scientific approach. The working methods vary between individual study work, group work, seminars and lectures. In the evaluations we have done, students have expressed great satisfaction with the cooperation between students from a different educational and cultural background.

A student on the programme has of course a guaranteed enrolment in all of the programme courses. Some of the courses build on one another and should therefore be taken in a specific order.

This is an international programme with students coming from many countries. All teaching is done in English.

Career opportunities

The competence that this programme gives can be used both in public and private organisations. Many graduates will work in the public sector in local and state institutions, from e.g. hospitals to the Ministry of Health. The positions may be as e.g. strategists, evaluators and analysts.

Graduates finding jobs in non-profit organizations may be working with e.g. health advocacy, policy or research for organizations such as the Red Cross. Other graduates will go to the private sector working e.g. for pharmaceutical companies or for health insurance companies. A future university career in research is another path.

Continue in public health research

The programme is designed for those already working as, or planning to become, public health practitioners, as well as for those seeking a career within public health research. Further studies can lead to a Licentiate degree (approximately two years of full-time study) or a PhD (at least four years).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global public health
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Qualitative methodology in public health
  • Health Systems: Organization and financing
  • Health economic evaluation methods
  • Social pathways in health and health promotion
  • Master thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) or an equivalent higher education of a minimum of 180 higher education credits (120 credits), from an internationally recognised University, in Public Health, Health Care, Health education or a relevant field in social or behavioral science. 
  • Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7233 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7233 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Application fee SEK900 
  • Tuition fee, first instalment SEK74,200 
  • Total fee SEK148,400

Living costs for Umeå

7125 - 11770 SEK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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