Public Health - master
Public health is the field of medicine that is concerned with the health of the community as a whole.
The subject area is concerned with understanding the causes of health and disease, and in identifying effective interventions for the purpose of improving population health. Important subject fields of study are biostatistics and social epidemiology.
|Qualification:||Master of Public Health|
|Admission requirements:||Bachelor's degree|
|Application deadline:||15. april|
For norskspråklige studenter
Nordisk søknadsfrist: 15. april 2013.
Programmet ønsker både norsk- og engelskspråklige studenter.
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.
I alle emner gis forelesningene på engelsk, men arbeidskrav og eksamen kan besvares valgfritt på engelsk, norsk, dansk eller svensk.
For international students
The international application web for the academic year 2013/2014 closed on Dec. 1st 2012. The application web for international students will not open until fall 2013.
All international applicants should read the admisson requirements thoroughly.
Information regarding the application process can be found here. Please note that the programme is only accepting self-financing international students.
Application deadline for international students for the academic year 2014/2015 is Dec. 1st 2013. Also note as stated in the linked page, the online registration form opens September 16th.
The first year of the programme consists of six mandatory courses (60 ECTS). In the third semester the students choose any two courses of the four elective courses offered, in addition to a mandatory course in Biostatistics. The fourth semester is allocated to thesis writing.
The master's thesis (30 ECTS) 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 the student has been given access to, or data that the student has collected themselves. It can also be a literature review or a project of more theoretical character.
Please note that all the lectures and seminars in the MPH courses require mandatory attendance.
|Term||10 ects||10 ects||10 ects|
|1 term (autumn)|
|2 term (spring)|
|3 term (autumn) Mandatory: HEL-3070 in addition to two of the four elective courses||
Students choose any two of the four courses above
|4 term Master's thesis (spring)|
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 affects the health in a population. Furthermore, students should be capable of judging 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 health 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). Seven courses are mandatory and two elective, chosen from a list of four alternative elective courses. The master's thesis (30 ECTS) completes the programme structure to 120 credits (ECTS ).
Admission to the Master's degree programme in Public Health requires the successful completion of a Bachelor's degree following a program of study of not less than three years' duration, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4.
To be eligible for admission to the Master's degree programme in Public Health (120 ECTS) it is required that the student has completed and passed a bachelor`s degree or equivalent in Health Sciences, Social Sciences or Natural sciences. For students who hold a bachelor`s degree in Social sciences or Natural sciences, the students must also document that they have some knowledge in physiopathology/human health subjects.
An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.
Applicants will be ranked by the MPH admission committee, and up to 30 qualified applicants will be admitted.
The students must have English language skills enabling them to read scientific literature and understand the lectures - which are given in English. The students must further master the use of a PC and have access to a computer at home with internet connection.
Self-financing international students must also fulfill the admission requirements set by the central administration of UiT. See: http://en.uit.no/students
All deadlines described below are for admittance to the programme commencing in the autumn semester. The Master's degree programme in Public Health does not admit new students in the spring semester.
The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th.
The application deadline for students outside the Nordic countries (self-financed applicants) is December 1st.
Teaching and assessment
The teaching will consist of on-campus classes, normally between two and three of 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 system 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.
Language of instruction
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.
A Master's degree in Public Health (MPH) is increasingly well recognized internationally and the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Tromsø is regarded as a centre of international excellence for the quality of its research. Graduates from the program 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 organizations.
The health service is in 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.
Access to further studies
All course timetables for Autumn 2013 have now been published on timeplan.uit.no
Links can be found at the bottom of each course description.
Course descriptions for the academic year 2012 / 2013 can be found in the table further down on this page.
Edited course descriptions for admitted students from autumn 2013 are coming within 2013. This applies to HEL-3006, HEL-3031, HEL-3032 and HEL-3070.
ed. May. 14th 2013