Public Health - master

Varighet: 2 år

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Foto: Bård Løken

Public Health - master

Varighet: 2 År

Application deadline
No admission 2024/2025
How to apply?

Study Master Public Health at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.

The subject of Public Health focuses on the health of the community as a whole. Its aim is to provide knowledge and understanding of the major causes of ill health and diseases, and identify effective interventions for the purpose of improving population health. Among the various subject fields in the analysis of public health, biostatistics and epidemiology are the most important.

This program is under revision. No admission for 2024/2025.

Spørsmål om studiet

Janne Elisabet Strømmesen


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.

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.

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 Public Health 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:

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

You will find more information about international admission here

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.

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
University of Gothenburg Sverige

Søk Master Public Health


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.


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.

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").