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Degree programme, curriculum year 2023–2024

Master's Programme in Public and Global Health, 120 cr

Tampere University
Learning outcomes

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health the student will be able to:

1. Understand the theoretical background and apply key concepts for analysis and advocacy for health and social determinants of health across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries on local, national and global level

2. Understand the principles of multidisciplinary global and public health practice and how to analyse and appraise public and global health challenges, such as sustainability and equity

3. Apply key methods and consepts for public health, health promotion, health protection and security, health systems and policy

4. Analyse how global and transnational obligations and issues, such as planetary boundaries, affect local and national health policies, projects and programmes

5. Comprehend, plan, and conduct scientifically valid research in the field of public and global health applying quantitative and qualitative methods

6. Critically assess, interpret and evaluate information, knowledge and research

Content description

General description

An integrated programme in public and global health tailored to emphasize interdisciplinary studies in health sciences and social sciences.

Study content and structure of studies

The PGH programme comprises 120 ECTS and the duration is two academic years. The structure of studies is the following:

Joint Studies 7-12 ECTS

Advanced Studies 90-110 ECTS

Free Choice Studes 3-18 ECTS

The programme offers students the opportunity to gain a firm grounding in the core competencies of public and global health. An optional Internship of 10 ECTS and a Master's Thesis of 25 ECTS are included in Advanced Studies. The public health component corresponds to an MPH.

Programme description

The effects of global phenomena affect wellbeing and health in both the global South and the global North, transforming the way we work for health both at national and international levels. Global health is not only about developing countries. Therefore, in our programme we offer a unique opportunity to study the intertwined disciplines of public and global health. Students will be equipped with the necessary expertise, skills and tools to work in the complex setting of contemporary and emerging health challenges. All courses are firmly grounded in evidence- based international research and have a strong focus on transferring this knowledge into practice. It is our mission to advocate for health and assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.

The integrated programme in public and global health is tailored to emphasize interdisciplinary studies in health sciences and social sciences. The students acquire a thorough grounding in all of the core disciplines of public health - epidemiology, health promotion, health policy, health protection and security, health-systems, and health economics. They will grow their expertise in global health policy and dynamics of multilevel and intersectoral health impacts and governance. The wide range of courses offered enables students to gain expertise in their areas of interest, including on social determinants of health and Health in All Policies (HiAP), aging, conflicts, planetary health, food and nutrition, gender or Nordic welfare states.

Through studying in an international setting students will also develop a global network of contacts and gain experience of working in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams. Students can apply their knowledge and skills in practice through a work placement for three months and on courses, which include real-world case projects. The aim of this practice is to equip the students with practical skills and tools for their future working life. They will also take advantage of small classes, which are adapted to the needs and interests of students and have the opportunity to interact with an approachable faculty committed to engaging with students.

Academic years
2021–2022, 2022–2023, 2023–2024
Degree titles
Master of Health Sciences
120 cr
Degree programme type
Master's Degree
Language of instruction
Kauppi campus
772501 Master of Health Sciences
Fields of study
  • Health and Welfare
Persons responsible
Responsible teacher:
Meri Koivusalo