Public Health - master | UiT (2023)

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International applicants: 15th November

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The first year of the programme consists of six mandatory courses (60 ECTS credits). In the third term the students choose any three courses of the four elective courses offered, or go on exchange abroad. The fourth term is allocated to thesis writing.

The Master's thesis (30 ECTS credits) should be written on a topic related to the elective courses chosen by the student.

The purpose of the thesis is to prepare for planning, developing and presenting a scientific project in the field of public health. The thesis can be an empirical study based on data to which the student has been given access, or data that the student has collected. It can also be a literature review or a project of more theoretical character.

Please note that attendance to all the lectures and seminars in the Master Public Health courses is mandatory.

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The objective of this study programme is for students to understand, and be able to identify, the determinants of population health, i.e., the range of biological, environmental, social and behavioural factors that affect the health of a population. Furthermore, students should be capable of evaluate different measures that can improve people's health.

After completing the study, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Advise policy makers concerning interventions that affect population health
  • Critically assess the effectiveness of various public health measures
  • Critically reflect on social and cultural aspects of health, illness and health service
  • Apply health economic principles in the design of financing mechanisms for hospitals and primary care providers
  • Analyse the cost-effectiveness of alternative uses of health care resources, and make systematic comparisons for the purpose of priority setting
  • Critically evaluate the methodology of scientific publications in public health
  • Identify and analyse central ethical challenges in public health
  • Explain the main causes of global health inequalities
  • Apply the principles of evidence-based medicine and independently assess the knowledge base for interventions
  • Use a set of epidemiological methods in the analysis of health-related issues
  • Plan, implement and present a research project on public health

It is essential that students learn to apply relevant theories and methods for analysing basic health questions. Emphasis is placed on learning to master quantitative research methods. After completing this programme, students should be able to map disease and health in a population and identify the social factors that affect health. They should be able to assess and initiate preventive health measures, evaluate the impact of healt-related measures and give an account of adequate solutions regarding allocations of resources.

The programme consists of nine courses, each of which has 10 credits (ECTS). Six courses are mandatory and three elective, chosen from a list of four alternative elective courses (or can be taken on exchange abroad). The Master's thesis (30 ECTS credits) completes the programme structure to total 120 credits (ECTS).

A Master's degree in Public Health (MPH) is increasingly well recognised internationally and the Department of Community Medicine at UiT the Arctic University of Norway is regarded as a centre of international excellence for the quality of its research. Graduates from the programme will find career opportunities in health planning and regulatory roles, hospitals, community care, as well as industry. An MPH will also provide highly relevant knowledge for international health work, e.g. in international humanitarian organisations.

The health service has a constant demand for qualified personnel. There is a particular need for expertise in understanding the causes of, and prevention of, communicable and non-communicable diseases as well as accidents and suicides. Etiology and prevention are central topics in this programme with its emphasis on epidemiology, and biostatistics and global health.

Term10 ects10 ects10 ects
1 term (autumn)

HEL-3005 Society, Culture and Public Health

HEL-3006 Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics

HEL-3007 Health Economics and Policy

2 term (spring)

HEL-3070 Biostatistics II

HEL-3043 Introduction to Global Health

HEL-3055 Health Technology Assessment and Medical Decision-making

3 term (autumn)

Students choose any three of the four courses or go on exchange

HEL-3060 Epidemiology II

HEL-3034 Global Health

HEL-3066 Protocol Development for MPH Thesis

HEL-3008 Public Health Ethics

4 term Master's thesis (spring)

HEL-3950 Master's Thesis in Public Health

Admission to the Master's programme in Public Health requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS credits) in Health Sciences, Social Sciences or Natural Sciences, or equivalent qualification. For students who hold a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences or Natural Sciences, the degree must contain a minimum 80 ECTS (or equivalent) within the fields specific to the Master's degree programme in Public Health; epidemiology, health economics, biostatistics, health sociology, global- and environmental health.

Applicants must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian “C” (3.0) in the ECTS scale, see the UiT webpage for International admissions for more information on how the point average is calculated.

Applicants with education from non-Nordic countries must document English language proficiency. The Master’s program in Molecular Sciences requires the following minimum scores in English proficiency:

  • IELTS :Reading 6.5, Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.5, Writing 6.5
  • TOEFL: Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 20, Writing 24

The students must master the use of a computer and have access to a PC, MacBook or laptop with Internet connection.

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is 15 April for admission to the autumn semester
  • Her finner du all informasjon knyttet til søking og opptak.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for international applicants is 15 November for admission to the autumn semester
  • Online application, study code 2035

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The teaching will consist of on-campus classes, normally between two to three or three to five days duration per course. The number and the duration of the on-campus classes will vary across the different courses. Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory in all courses. In addition, teaching will be based on the use of Internet by means of the learning management systems Canvas and Fronter. This Master's degree is an intensive programme. All courses demand active participation from the students.

Teaching and assessment methods are described in the course plan for each course. The Department of Community Medicine primarily uses the following methods of evaluation: Home assignment on a given topic; home assignment on a topic chosen by the student; written examination, and; portfolio assessment on the basis of submitted assignments that are a part of a course.

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

The students can, on the other hand, choose if they want to write assignments and examinations in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD programme in a number of academic areas at UiT the Arctic University of Norway or elsewhere.

Exchange can be done in the third semester of the programme. There are programme specific agreements with University og Gothenburg and Tbilisi State University and University of Georgia. In addition there are possibilities within the open exchange agreements UiT have with institutions abroad. The MPH student adviser can help you with more information on exchange.

Studiested Land
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Georgia

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Søkerinformasjon

Programmet ønsker både norsk- og engelskspråklige studenter.

International application deadline is November 15th 2022, it will be open for applications again 15th October 2022.

Nordisk søknadsfrist for opptstart i august 2023 er 15. april, søknadsweb åpner 1. februar.

Om Master in Public Health

Ønsker du en forskningsorientert – og samtidig jobbrelevant – mastergrad som gir mange muligheter innenfor en voksende helsesektor, da er dette er noe for deg. Du får grundig innsikt i de store helsepolitiske utfordringene, og får solide metodiske forutsetninger for å kunne analysere hvilke intervensjoner som er best for å fremme folkehelsa. For eksempel: Hvordan er sammenhengen mellom utdanningsnivå og fedme? Hvor mye vil sukkerforbruket reduseres ved innføring av sukkeravgifter? Hvilke tiltak har vist seg mest effektive for å redusere røyking?

Studiet egner seg for kandidater med helsefaglig utdanning, men også for søkere med relevant bakgrunn fra f.eks. økonomi, samfunnsvitenskap eller realfag.

Første studieår gir bred innføring i epidemiologi, statistikk, helseøkonomi, medisinsk sosiologi og global helse. Tredje semester skal du velge tre valgfrie emner, eller du kan dra på utveksling. Siste semester skriver du masteroppgave over et selvvalgt tema.

Undervisningen er samlingsbasert og egner seg derfor som deltidsstudium. All undervisning foregår på engelsk, men eksamensoppgaver og masteroppgaven kan skrives på norsk. Kombinasjonen av norske og utenlandske studenter gir et spennende læringsmiljø.

Graden kvalifiserer for ledende stillinger i helsevesenet, og er grunnlag for opptak til PhD-program.

Heltid / deltid:

All undervising i de ulike emner er samlingsbasert, og egner seg derfor for studenter som har jobb ved siden av, og som ønsker å ta graden på deltid. Normert deltidsprogresjon på programmet er fire år.

Søkere som ønsker deltid søker som normalt i søknadsweb, deltid registreres ved oppstart i august.

Språk:

I alle emner gis forelesningene på engelsk, men arbeidskrav og eksamen kan besvares valgfritt på engelsk, norsk, dansk eller svensk.

International students:

The international application web for the academic year 2023 is open from 15th October until 15th November 2022, the next opportunity to apply will be in October 2022.

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See the links under "Admission requirements" for more information regarding international admissions.
All international applicants should read the admisson requirements thoroughly.
Please note that the programme only accepts self-financing international students (see "Admission requirements").

FAQs

What can I do with Master in public health? ›

Public health is a very large field and the breadth of core public health roles includes:
  • health visitors, school nurses and public health nurses.
  • environmental health professionals.
  • public health practitioners.
  • knowledge and intelligence professionals.
  • academics.
  • managers, directors, and consultants and specialists.

Is it worth doing a masters in public health? ›

Gaining an MPH will allow you to take up leadership positions within healthcare organisations, hospitals, non-profits and more. If you want to lead the way to a better future, a public health degree will help you develop key skills and attributes to help you stand out from the crowd.

What is the meaning of master of public health? ›

A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree trains students to protect and improve the health of entire populations. Students learn how to tackle the challenging issues that affect communities, work with people across sectors, and educate the public about best health care practices.

How much does MPH cost in UK? ›

Masters in Public Health in UK take a duration of 10 months to 24 months to complete.
...
Tuition Fees of Masters of Public Health in the UK.
UniversityProgram Fee (in INR)
Imperial College of London34.35 lakhs
University of Edinburgh22.04 lakhs
University of Manchester36.66 lakhs
King's College London25.57 lakhs
6 more rows

What is the highest paying job in public health? ›

Highest-Paying Public Health Jobs
Job TitleMedian Annual Salary
Medical and Health Services Managers$104,280
Biostatistician$92,270
Emergency Management Director$76,250
Epidemiologist$74,560
1 more row
15 Feb 2022

Which is better MPH or MS? ›

The M.P.H. degree is sometimes called a "professional" or "terminal" degree, which means that students are expected to terminate their education and work in their professions for the rest of their careers. In contrast, the M.S. degree is designed for students who are interested in pursuing their doctorate.

Is MPH hard to study? ›

It takes hard work and dedication and is a pretty big accomplishment to complete a master's in public health program. Remember, not everyone can successfully navigate their way through a graduate program, so you should be proud of yourself.

Is public health hard to study? ›

Because public health requires undergraduate students to take both hard and soft sciences, it's not one of the easiest majors around. Upper-division core courses, such as epidemiology and biostatistics, can be challenging, especially if science and math are not some of the person's strongest suits.

Can public health work in hospital? ›

Employers: hospitals, clinics, healthcare facilities, wellness centres. Public Health careers offer quite a few different possibilities, each one requiring different skills and abilities. As a healthcare administrator, you will oversee all the activities required to run a healthcare institution.

How long is masters in public health? ›

Curriculum. Course No. Duration of Program: A minimum of twelve (12) months.

Can I do PhD After MPH? ›

PhD after MPH in public health enriches the student with knowledge about diseases and their statistical analysis. Public health professionals can develop better strategies in medication distribution and can resolve disease outbreaks.

What subjects are needed to study public health? ›

Public Health is the science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts of society.
...
Some MPH programs require a concentration or track in:
  • Bio-statistics.
  • Epidemiology.
  • Environmental Health.
  • Health Policy and Administration.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences.
16 May 2019

Are public health jobs in demand in UK? ›

with the increase in demand for specialists in Public Health, the Public Health Graduate Salary UK is also expected to increase.

Where is the best place to study public health? ›

Here are the best global universities for social sciences and public health
  • Harvard University.
  • University of Oxford.
  • Johns Hopkins University.
  • University College London.
  • Stanford University.
  • University of Michigan.
  • University of Washington Seattle.
  • Columbia University.

How long is Masters in public health in UK? ›

Duration: one year full-time; part-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained. Students: approximately 150-200 students study the MSc Public Health each year.

Why do a masters in public health? ›

A Master of Public Health (MPH) is an incredibly versatile qualification, demonstrating your knowledge and suitability to enter a wide range of different healthcare professions. One of the key aspects of this course is the opportunity to discuss and debate contemporary issues within the sector.

Can you make a lot of money with an MPH? ›

Many factors, however, influence how much Master of Public Health holders earn. The most important is probably job title and specialization. An MPH can help you become a health educator earning $45,000, an epidemiologist earning $63,000, or an infection control specialist earning $76,000.

What do people in public health do? ›

People who work in public health hold the common goal of improving the health of individuals and society by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing injuries and disease, and controlling infectious diseases. They may be concerned with protecting and improving the health of a small community, or the entire planet.

Does a masters in public health make you an epidemiologist? ›

An MPH epidemiologist is a type of epidemiologist who holds a master's degree in public health, or a Master of Public Health degree.

Which is better public health or epidemiology? ›

While epidemiology is a more narrowed focus of study, public health considers the broader picture. When looking at public health from an educational perspective, this area of study is truly a blend of the sciences.

Are epidemiology and public health the same? ›

Epidemiology is, at its heart, the science of disease. It is a branch of public health that studies disease and how it spreads amongst human and non-human populations, with the goal of using that understanding to help control and limit the spread of pathogens and other negative health problems.

Why do people study public health? ›

Public health tactics can help identify supply chain management problems and solutions, such as scaling supply chains, building healthy and adaptable markets which adapt to evolving needs, and enhancing supply chain sustainability.

Is a PHD in public health worth it? ›

One of the top reasons why a Ph. D. in public health is worth it is that you have the opportunity to become a policymaker. This degree leads to careers that let you implement public health statutes, whether it is at the local or national level.

Can I get a job in Canada after MPH? ›

Job Prospects after MS in Public Health in Canada

The MPH salary in Canada is handsome for job roles like healthcare managers, healthcare administrators, public health nurses, biostatisticians, epidemiologists and more.

Where can I work if I study public health? ›

This field focuses more on management and administration and examples include those managing hospitals, larger healthcare networks and even national health regulations and programmes.

What are the disadvantages of public health care? ›

Contents
  • 4.1 Low quality care.
  • 4.2 Corruption.
  • 4.3 Overcrowding of clinics.
  • 4.4 Poor cooperation between public and private spheres.
  • 4.5 Barriers of access.
  • 4.6 Hospital fires.

What are examples of public health? ›

These include:
  • car safety.
  • control of diseases.
  • family planning and contraception.
  • fluoridation of drinking water.
  • identifying tobacco as a health hazard.
  • improving the health of mothers and babies.
  • reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke.
  • safer and healthier foods.

What is the highest paying job? ›

Highest Paying Occupations
OCCUPATION2021 MEDIAN PAY
General internal medicine physiciansThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year
Family medicine physiciansThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year
Emergency medicine physiciansThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year
17 more rows
8 Sept 2022

Is a masters in public health hard? ›

It takes hard work and dedication and is a pretty big accomplishment to complete a master's in public health program. Remember, not everyone can successfully navigate their way through a graduate program, so you should be proud of yourself.

Why do you want to study masters in public health? ›

A public health degree can help aspiring workers position themselves for fulfilling careers with real potential for making an impact. A master's degree in public health (typically an MSc for this field) offers participants a thorough understanding of public health at the graduate level.

What are the benefits of studying public health? ›

MPH prepares students to work in leadership roles in public health. TAUs MPH degree program trains you to promote healthy lifestyles, create awareness, assist in disease prevention and control and advise people on various medical options.

Can I get a job in Canada after MPH? ›

Job Prospects after MS in Public Health in Canada

The MPH salary in Canada is handsome for job roles like healthcare managers, healthcare administrators, public health nurses, biostatisticians, epidemiologists and more.

Can public health work in hospital? ›

Employers: hospitals, clinics, healthcare facilities, wellness centres. Public Health careers offer quite a few different possibilities, each one requiring different skills and abilities. As a healthcare administrator, you will oversee all the activities required to run a healthcare institution.

How long is masters in public health? ›

Curriculum. Course No. Duration of Program: A minimum of twelve (12) months.

What do people in public health do? ›

People who work in public health hold the common goal of improving the health of individuals and society by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing injuries and disease, and controlling infectious diseases. They may be concerned with protecting and improving the health of a small community, or the entire planet.

Where can I work if I study public health? ›

This field focuses more on management and administration and examples include those managing hospitals, larger healthcare networks and even national health regulations and programmes.

Is public health hard to study? ›

Because public health requires undergraduate students to take both hard and soft sciences, it's not one of the easiest majors around. Upper-division core courses, such as epidemiology and biostatistics, can be challenging, especially if science and math are not some of the person's strongest suits.

What are the disadvantages of public health care? ›

Contents
  • 4.1 Low quality care.
  • 4.2 Corruption.
  • 4.3 Overcrowding of clinics.
  • 4.4 Poor cooperation between public and private spheres.
  • 4.5 Barriers of access.
  • 4.6 Hospital fires.

What are the 3 goals of public health? ›

The goals of public health, according to experts, are to: Prevent disease outbreaks and minimize the spread. Protect against environmental hazards and threats. Promote good health behaviors and prevention measures.

What are examples of public health? ›

These include:
  • car safety.
  • control of diseases.
  • family planning and contraception.
  • fluoridation of drinking water.
  • identifying tobacco as a health hazard.
  • improving the health of mothers and babies.
  • reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke.
  • safer and healthier foods.

Which country is best for public health jobs? ›

A postgraduate in Public Health in Canada earn an average of 32 USD per hour, which is more than the national average. According to Indeed Canada, there is a high demand for medical professionals with a Masters in Public Health degree in Canada, with more than 10,752 job openings (job portal).

How many years is Masters in Public Health in Canada? ›

The MPH is a two-year, non-thesis degree program; course work is completed in six academic terms.

How Much Is MPH in Canada? ›

Cost of Studying Masters in Public Health in Canada

The average tuition fee to study in any college or university in Canada is CAD 7,000 and is charged per term depending on whether a student joined in the fall or spring.

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