Programme presentation

Public Health Sciences promotes evidence based practices in the field of health and quality of life, disease prevention and improvement of health systems. The Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences has a multidisciplinary approach and provides a global perspective. The programme offers two specialisations; Public Health Epidemiology and Health Promotion and Prevention.


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 programme has two specialisations, Public Health Epidemiology and Health Promotion and Prevention. Both tracks provide advanced studies in epidemiology, biostatistics as well as methods outcome evaluation of interventions. Common courses also include concepts and theories in Public Health Sciences, qualitative approaches and project management.

The track in Public Health Epidemiology has a further focus 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.

For the track in Health Promotion and Prevention the emphasis lies on applying methods for health promotion and preventive actions in order to develop skills in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating health interventions at both individual and structural levels.

Track outline

Might be subject to changes.

Year 1

  • Public health sciences – concepts and theories
  • Methods for studying the distribution of health
  • Biostatistics
  • Collecting and organizing epidemiological data
  • Theory of Science Applied epidemiology 1 / Introduction to planning and programe development*
  • Epidemiological methods for studying determinants of health
  • Biostatistics 2
  • Qualitative methods

Year 2

  • Project Management
  • Systematic Review and meta-analysis / Theories and methods for implementation and evaluation*
  • Epidemiological methods for outcome evaluation of public health interventions
  • Applied epidemiology 2 / Applied health promotion and prevention*
  • Degree project in Public Health Sciences

* Track specific courses Public Health Epidemiology / Health Promotion and Prevention.

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 16 October 2018.

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 universityadmissions.se 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.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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