Public Health - master


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

Public health is the field of medicine that is concerned with the health of the community as a whole.

The subject area involves understanding the causes of health and disease, and identifying effective interventions for the purpose of improving population health. Important subject fields of study are biostatistics and social epidemiology.


Duration:2 Years
Location: Tromsø
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Public Health
Admission requirements:Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent. See details under "Admission requirements".
Application deadline:1 December
Application code:2035

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Programmet ønsker både norsk- og engelskspråklige studenter.
Nordisk søknadsfrist: 15. april 2018.

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 2018/2019 will be open from 3 October until 1 December 2017. 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").

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).

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.

The minimum average grade requirement is:

C - for Bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

B - for Bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in all other countries.

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

Applicants will be ranked by the Admission committee for the Master Public Health programme, and up to 30 qualified applicants will be admitted. In 2015 a small number of qualified Nordic applicants (C average grade) were offered not admission due to competition for the 30 spots on the programme.

More information on admission requirements:
General admission requirements - Master's level

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is 15 April for admission to the autumn semester

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

The application deadline for international applicants is 1 December for admission to the autumn semester. 

Online application, study code 2035

Are you an international applicant? Read more 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.

Exchange can be done in the third semester of the programme. There are programme specific agreements with LMU München, 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. UiT central page for student exchange:

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.

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.


Tor Gisle Lorentzen

Phone: +4777646924

Course schedules can be found in the bottom of each course description. See "Programme structure"

Updated weekly schedule for Autumn 2017 can be found further down on this page under "Study Plan" (updated 14. June 2017)

Course descriptions for the academic year 2016 / 2017 can be found in the table further down on this page.

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