Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences

Karolinska Institutet

Program Description

Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences

Karolinska Institutet


Programme presentation

Public health sciences promotes health and quality of life, disease prevention and improvement of health systems. The Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences provides a global perspective to the public health field and has a multidisciplinary approach. The programme provides advanced studies in epidemiology and its application within public health. Introductory week in late August. Lectures begin 28 August, 2017.


The programme provides advanced studies in epidemiology and its application within public health. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of epidemiological and statistical methods, data acquisition and management, and methods for outcome assessment of public health interventions and policies. The focus is on applied epidemiology in order to develop the skills to describe, analyse and reflect upon a variety of public health issues and to critically review epidemiological studies.

Karolinska Institutet (KI) is one of the world's leading medical universities where public health is a major focus. The Master´s Programme in Public Health Sciences gives insight into local and global public health challenges with the aim of improving the health of populations. Accordingly, the Department of Public Health Sciences is dedicated to teaching, research and contributing to the policy dialog on public health. The Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences consists of two years’ full time studies in the second cycle (Master’s level), amounting to 120 credits. The programme emphasises research and has strong links to various research groups at Karolinska Institutet.

The first year focuses on teaching the basics of public health: epidemiology, health economics, policy and management. Depending on the track chosen, students will either study applied epidemiology or advanced courses in health economics, policy and management. The programme has a sound scientific base and combines public health theory and practice. In addition, students will be introduced to research preparatory work lead by renowned researchers, including professors.

Track outline

*might be subject to changes

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Public Health Sciences
  • Methods for Studying the Distribution of Health
  • Basic Statistics and Computer Based Analysis
  • Collecting and Organizing Data

Semester 2

  • Epidemiological Methods for Studying Determinants of Health
  • Advanced Statistics in Epidemiology
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Methods for Outcome Evaluation of Public Health Intervention

Semester 3

  • Applied Epidemiology 1 - Distribution of Health
  • Applied Epidemiology 2 - Determinants of Health
  • Applied Epidemiology 3 - Outcome Evaluation
  • Science - theory, practice and ethics

Semester 4

  • Degree Project in Public Health Sciences

Career opportunities

Graduates are well prepared for several positions in the private and public sectors, particularly with authorities responsible for environmental and health issues,both in Sweden and abroad. The programme provides a solid foundation for graduates wishing to continue with studies at doctoral level (PhD).


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden. The online application opens 18 October 2016.

Specific entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in public health science, healthcare or other relevant social sciences subject area. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B.

Proficiency in the English language can be documented by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English 6/English B at Swedish upper secondary school.

Please read the information at on how to document your English language proficiency.


The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and statement of intent. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Applicants to Karolinska Institutet´s Global Master´s programmes are asked to complete a CV form that will be used in the selection process.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
360,000 SEK
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Open to applications 18 October 2016 - 16 January 2017.
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Stockholm
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Open to applications 18 October 2016 - 16 January 2017.
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Duration 2 years
Price 360,000 SEK
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Master's Programme in Public Health