The Master program in Integrative Health Science prepares you for future needs in a changing world of professional development related to Health Science. The program gives you knowledge and skills helping you to face future skill needs within the sector. The Integrated Health Science program covers several fields of science and gives a clear focus on cooperation and teamwork with different professions. You get a deeper understanding and competence in questions of health and welfare and the ability to independently meet and deliver change and development within this area. It further prepares you for doctoral studies. The program ends with a thesis, which is carried out as an independent research project where you actively participate in a research focused environment.

Study methods

The program is internet based and runs part-time (50 %). It consists of both compulsory and elective courses.

Employment situation

The program's multidisciplinary content and your acquired knowledge in change and development work will make you attractive in many fields of Health Science such as Health Developer, Health Strategist and Planner within both the private and public sector.

Overall educational goals

The overriding objective for the Master’s program in Integrative Health Science is that the students develop knowledge and competencies at an advanced level from a cross-disciplinary and multi-professional knowledge base in order to initiate and implement work on change for sustainable health development within health-related activities. The program prepares students for research and gives them a good training for both health-related research and professional development work in the public and the private sector. Various courses of the program related to clinical experience (VFU) in the sense that education is linked to research and work-related tasks. Language of instruction: English.

Degree goals

Knowledge and understanding

For the Master’s degree in Integrative Health Science, a student who has completed the course of study should:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the central discipline of Health Science, showing both a broad knowledge and a markedly deeper knowledge of the student’s chosen field.
  • demonstrate a deeper knowledge of the methodology of the central discipline of Health Science.

Skills and abilities

For the Master’s degree in Integrative Health Science, a student who has completed the course of study should:

  • be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate research and development work within multidisciplinary health efforts in order to contribute to knowledge and local development.
  • be able to evaluate critically and systematically integrate knowledge within interdisciplinary health work into a whole.
  • critically, independently and creatively identify problem areas and formulate questions based on the epistemological, methodological and participatory perspective.
  • analyze and respond to complex phenomena in relation to health promotion.
  • be able to discuss information, problems, and solutions orally and in writing in dialogue with different groups and be able to explain their own views and assessment in both national and international contexts.

Judgment and approach

For the Master’s degree in Integrative Health Science, a student who has completed the course of study should:

  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of scientific, social and ethical aspects of research and development with a focus on interdisciplinary health work based on operational requirements and individual needs and requirements.
  • participation in research and development or work independently in other advanced contexts.
  • be able to identify their need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for their knowledge development in the health sciences.

Structure and content

Master program Integrative Health comprises 120 credits. Work-related education (VFU) is included and is 5 credits. This program is offered at half speed (50%) for four years (eight semesters) in accordance with the overview below. However, the thesis can be conducted at quarter speed (25%) if the student so desires. Obligatory courses 60 credits

  • Perspectives on health and society, 7.5 credits
  • Knowledge development in the multi-professional workplace, 7.5 credits
  • Scientific theory and methodological considerations, part I 7,5 credits
  • Evaluation of change 15 credits
  • Integrative research method in health science 15 credits
  • International health, 7,5 credits
  • and Thesis, 30 credits

In addition, there will be optional/elective courses for 30 credits

  • Theory specialization corresponding to 15 credits at basic or advanced level
  • Method specialization corresponding to 15 credits at advanced level
  • For a student with a master‘s degree is the possibility of a shortened course of study equivalent to 60 credits.

Optional courses are offered within the program. Elective courses may be taken either at Kristianstad University or at another establishment. Elective courses are chosen in consultation with the Head of Program, in order that they may be recognized as part of the degree. The student shall be offered the opportunity to participate in seminars and research activities at Kristianstad University.

Entry requirements and selection

A bachelor‘s degree 180 credits in medicine or health sciences alternatively in the humanities or social sciences with a scientific orientation in health sciences or equivalent.


A student who has achieved at least the grade pass in all courses in accordance with current curriculum meets the requirements for a Master‘s degree in Health Sciences 120 credits. (Degree of Master (120 credits) in Health Science). At the request of a student who meets the requirements, the University College issues a diploma with the degree title. Applications should be made in the way the University College assigns.

Supplementary education

The program is research preparatory and will enable studies at the doctoral level in the main field of health sciences. Admission for doctoral studies is made by the receiving university.

Program taught in:
  • English
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