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Master of Science in Public Health

Health plays an important role in most people's lives

The study programme aims at attracting students with a broad educational background obtained either in Denmark or abroad. This is the main reason why the modules of the master programme are taught in English.

The purpose of the programme is to provide students with scientifically based knowledge and useful competencies in relation to the field of public health science. At the same time the students will be able to analyse and evaluate within certain fields. These competencies will be obtained through practical and theoretical work in the field of health promotion in a given population.



The programme aims at laying the conceptual basis by increasing the students’ competencies with respect to:

  • building and applying advanced epidemiological knowledge of essential health factors 
  • assessing current research and implementing analyses on the state of health of populations 
  • applying a wide selection of communication techniques and tools in connection with primary and secondary prevention, health promotion initiatives as well as public health-related assignments
  • evaluating implementations, performances and results of prevention and promotion measures
  • analysing structures and institutional changes of health systems
  • setting up theoretical solutions for concrete political and administrative problems in the field of health

 

Students are able to specialise within one of the following four main tracks: Health Promotion, Global Health, Risk Research or Health Economics and Management.

 


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Master of Science in Public Health: Programme Structure

The Master of Science in Public Health programme consists of four semesters (two years). The Master’s programme is organised in quarters. The quarters consist of four annual teaching periods of each eight weeks that end with an exam period in continuation of a teaching period.

The first semester is comprised of a general introduction to public health theories, tools and methods, including modules on biostatistics and health policy.

The second semester comprises two compulsory modules: Evaluation and Advanced Epidemiology. The remaining time will be devoted to modules belonging to a chosen specialisation. Currently four specialisations are offered: Health Promotion, Global Health, Risk Research and Health Economics and Management.

On the third semester students can choose from modules within the four specialisation tracks as well as other electives. The third semester also offers the possibility of an internship or studies abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the work on the Master’s Thesis, which can be carried out individually or by two students together. In addition to the formal teacher supervision, the students are offered master seminars giving them the possibilities to discuss the exposition, research design, methods and empirical investigation.


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Master of Science in Public Health: Career Opportunities

With a Master’s degree in Public Health Science you will be qualified to work with assignments within areas like:

 

  • Health planning
  • Health administration and analysis
  • Development
  • Planning
  • Giving advise
  • Teaching and doing research in relation to health prevention and health promotion

 

You will have many exciting job opportunities

Examples of potential jobs may be health related service-, management-, and planning assignments within public and private institutions, companies, and organisations.

Potential jobs can be found in national and regional agencies and institutions as well as agencies and institutions of large municipalities - e.g. the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Labour and their agencies, hospital and health managements together with social and health planning departments in counties and municipalities.

In addition, students can apply for jobs in national and international organisations dealing with prevention and combating of disease - e.g. WHO, the EU, Red Cross, the OECD and the World Bank.

Students with a degree in Public Health Science can find jobs in large patient organisations such as the Danish Cancer Society, the Danish Heart Foundation and large national and international sports organisations.

Masters of Science in Public Health with qualifications in the field of public health in general and health promotion in particular are expected to become involved in personnel administration and human resource development as well as project initiatives and project management – duties which have become more and more frequent in the public as well as in the private sector.

Finally, students can apply for jobs within research and teaching at universities and institutions of higher education and teaching within social and health educations.


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Master of Science in Public Health: Entry requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in Public Health, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following degrees:

  • Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Science
  • Human Biology
  • Dentistry
  • Biomedicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Health Promotion
  • Psychology

 

You can also apply if you hold a Professional Bachelor's degree in:

  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Ergonomics
  • Radiography
  • Nutrition
  • Midwife
  • Biomedical laboratory technician
  • Global Nutrition and Health
  • Teacher with main subject/specialization within sports/health

 

If you hold a similar Bachelor's or Professional Bachelor's degree, the Faculty will assess the relevance of your degree once you have applied.

If you cannot document health-related and scientifically based knowledge within biostatistics, epidemiology and theory of science, you have to complete a supplementary course of maximum 15 ECTS after admission.


Applicants must provide documentation of proficiency in English
For further information please consult our language requirements.


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Institution

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)


Location: University of Southern Denmark (Esbjerg) Niels Bohrs Vej 9-10
DK-6700 Esbjerg
Dänemark
Region of Southern Denmark
T   +45 6550 1517
E   ema@sdu.dk

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Esbjerg

Field of study

Business & Economics, Medicine & Health Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: no tuition fees

Tuition fees Non EU: 170 EUR / credite

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Esbjerg

Field of study

Business & Economics, Medicine & Health Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: no tuition fees

Tuition fees Non EU: 170 EUR / credite

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