Because health is a right and not a privilege
The student is equipped with the necessary expertise, tools and skills to work in the complex setting of contemporary and emerging health challenges. The programme integrates the themes of public and global health in the course curriculum, which consists of interdisciplinary studies in health sciences, social sciences, and technology.
The core disciplines of public health, such as epidemiology, health promotion, systems, and economics are studied, as well as a wide range of elective courses. Students grow their expertise in global dynamics studying topics such as inequalities, climate change, migration, ageing and conflicts, to mention but a few.
The study setting is international and students develop a global network of contacts in our multicultural and multidisciplinary teams. The teaching groups are small, the faculty easily approachable and courses include real-world case projects. All our courses, firmly grounded in international research, have a strong focus on transferring this knowledge into practice.
You also learn to apply your knowledge and skills hands-on: a work placement of three months is a part of your programme and strengthens the employability of our graduates. Welcome to the community of current and future public and global health experts!
Extent of studies
Form of learning
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens
After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health you will be able to:
- work and advocate for health across disciplines and sectors
- critically assess information, knowledge and research
- appraise public and global health challenges
- advise on and formulate effective responses to local, national and global health issues
- develop, manage and evaluate national and international health-related projects and programmes
- plan and conduct scientifically valid research and studies
More about the language of instruction
The programme is taught entirely in English.
The effects of global phenomena are transforming the way we work for health both at national and international levels.
Our programme offers 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 international research and have a strong focus on transferring this knowledge into practice.
Our vision is for students to gain a firm grounding in the core competencies of public and global health in order to form “two degrees in one”. The public health component corresponds to an MPH. We also want to equip our graduates with practical skills and tools for their future working life: an internship or a work placement is a part of the programme, and real-life cases and assignments are studied in the courses.
In our view, global health is not only about “developing countries”. Global phenomena affect well-being and health in both the global South and the global North, transforming the way we work for health on both national and international levels. It is our mission to advocate for health and promote conditions in which people can be healthy.
Nurturing experts in public and global health
This is an integrated programme in public and global health expertly tailored to emphasise interdisciplinary studies in health sciences, social sciences, and technology.
Our students acquire a thorough grounding in all of the core disciplines of public health - epidemiology, health promotion, health-systems, and health economics. The wide range of elective courses offered enables students to gain expertise in their areas of interest.
As one of our students you will:
Grow your expertise in global dynamics, such as: inequalities, climate change, migration, ageing, and conflicts
Study in an international setting:
- develop a global network of contacts
- work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams
Learn to apply your knowledge and skills in practice through:
- a work placement of 1-3 months as a part of your programme
- courses which include real-world case projects
Enjoy the advantage of small classes adapted to the needs and interests of students
Interact with an approachable faculty committed to engaging with students
Structure of studies
For more information on the structure of studies, please see the Timing of Courses, pdf.
The master’s thesis studies in the PGH programme are 30 ECTS credits. This comprises two master’s thesis seminars, together 5 ECTS credits, and an individually planned, designed and written master's thesis. In the process of writing the master’s thesis, the student learns how to provide constructive comments on the scientific work of fellow students, can utilise feedback given by others, and learns how to present his/her scientific work to others. After writing an accepted master’s thesis, the student will be able to set specific objectives for a research or development project and has the ability to set specific objectives, choose the research or evaluation methods, and carry out and report a small study or development project based on existing or self-collected data.
Equipped with knowledge and skills, our graduates go to work in diverse fields such as governmental agencies, NGO’s, academia and private industry to name just a few. Many of our alumni have been appointed to positions of responsibility in their countries and are having an impact on national and global public health issues.
Internship / Work Placement
An internship is a great opportunity to take your career skills out for a test drive! It is a chance to get your foot in the door of a possible future employer as well as networking with other professionals in your field.
During the second year of the degree programme students have an obligatory internship or work placement of three months during the study year. The place and nature of the internship or work placement should be relevant to the programme and may be in an international setting or in Finland.
Prior to the internship, there is an Internship course, which prepares and supports a student for applying, funding and getting the most out of the internship. Each group of 4-5 students have a teacher tutor with whom to have discussion on one´s career plans and how to advance this through the best possible internship organisation and country. During the internship, the tutor provides support to the student and a contact in the University to the employer supervisor. The tutor monitors the progress, and the student, the supervisor and the tutor evaluate achievement of the learning objectives. After the internship, experiences and advice are shared with other students.
As a rule, it is the responsibility of the student to complete an internship or work placement to identify and apply to host organisations, which match their interests and career goals. The faculty will assist the student with the practical arrangements and may be able to help identify potential internship hosts. Some options for funding an internship or work placement is available through the University and Erasmus+ Programme. More information can be found from general internship info and internships as part of an exchange programme.
More information and guidelines for current students can be found in the PGH Internship Moodle.
The students in the programme come from all over the world and the multicultural study environment greatly enhances your learning. Also the content of the programme is highly international as the perspective of the whole programme is on health on a global level.
Co-operation with other parties
During the second year of the degree programme, students participate in a compulsory, three-month 10 ECTS internship or work placement in Finland or abroad. The place and nature of the internship or work placement should be relevant to the programme and may be in Finland or in an international setting.The internship host can be in a company, and international organisation or an NGO. This requires a lot of collaboration and networking between the programme and various actors in the field of public and global health.
Postgraduate study opportunities
As the master’s degree of 120 ECTS credits gives eligibility for doctoral studies, many of our graduates have also gone on to pursue doctoral studies in public and global health, social sciences, and other disciplines. Several graduates have joined the IPPE programme (International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology and Public Health) at Tampere University, in the Faculty of Social Sciences, transitioning smoothly from the international Master’s Degree Programme.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected.
General eligibility criteria:
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have
- a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master's degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
- a good command of English for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility to university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.
Programme-specific eligibility criteria:
Each Master's degree programme can define more detailed eligibility criteria including, for example, more specific requirements of the applicant's previous education. These criteria will be decided and published yearly for the following application round.
To be eligible to apply to the Master’s degree programme in Public and Global Health an applicant must have a university level Bachelor's degree in public or global health or another health-related field or alternatively a university level Bachelor's degree in some other relevant field accompanied with a sufficient amount of studies in the field of health or extensive work experience in public or global health. Relevant work experience in the field will strengthen the application.
Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.
The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all eligible applicants can be admitted.
Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree
You are eligible to apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree if the degree will be completed and you are able to send an officially certified copy of the degree certificate and final transcript of records by post by the given deadline (around end of July, exact date to be given later). In this case, you can be admitted to a Master's programme conditionally. If you do not submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to Tampere University by the given deadline, your conditional admission will expire.
Language skill requirements
You must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.
English language tests
The minimum English language test result requirements:
C1 Advanced/CAE: C
In all Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed certain studies. More information on these University level exemptions will be forthcoming in September.
In the Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you completed your secondary education and/or have taken a higher education degree in English in Finland or other EU/EEA country, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States. You must have resided in the country while studying.
In the Master's degree programme in Public and Global Health, also the following studies exempt you from submitting a language test score. Please note that you may fit into several of the categories. Please choose the one you feel is most appropriate.
- A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
- Applicants who have taken their pre-university education (yläaste/lukio) in the Finnish language are not required to submit an international language test score but they must submit a copy of their yläaste/lukio certificate and provide evidence of their English language proficiency in their CV (for example information on studies conducted in English or work experience with English as the working language).
Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend that you take a language test to indicate your proficiency in English.
A maximum of 24 students are admitted into the programme.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health offers a unique opportunity to study the intertwined disciplines of public and global health. The effects of global phenomena are transforming the way we work for health both at national and international levels. The innovative combination of public and global health studies equips students with the necessary expertise, skills and tools to work in the complex setting of contemporary and emerging health challenges.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official eligibility criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. For more information on the complementary studies, please contact the programme coordinator of the degree programme.
Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.
How to apply
- Check the admission criteria
- Start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- If required book a time for the language test
- Fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application
- Send the officially certified copies of your educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office by 30 January 2019. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
- Wait for the admission results
- Accept the offer of admission by the given deadline
- Pay the tuition fee, if required
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Application process in detail
Select the Master's degree programme you wish to apply to. Carefully read through the general eligibility criteria and programme-specific eligibility criteria and see whether you meet them. Applicants who do not meet the general and programme-specific eligiblity criteria will not be selected.
Check which application documents you are required to submit and make sure to obtain them in time. Remember to check if there are any country-specific requirements for your documents. Please note that some documents may be required to be sent separately by a third party. Make sure also these documents are delivered in time.
When applying to the Master’s programmes you usually must demonstrate your proficiency in English with an internationally recognised academic language test report. We advise all 2019 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach Tampere University.
Online application form
The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts 4 December 2018 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends 23 January 2019 at 3 pm (GMT+2).
Some application enclosures are the same in all Tampere University Master’s programmes while some are programme-specific. There are seven Tampere University general application enclosures.
You will need to upload all application documents online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading the application documents on the application, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. You must send the educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 30 January 2019.
You can find the list of the required enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
In addition to the seven Tampere University general application enclosures, in the Master's programme in Public and Global Health you also need to submit
8. Regular photocopy of your yläaste or lukio education degree certificate (only from those applicants who wish to indicate their English language proficiency using their yläaste/lukio studies).
Country-specific requirements for application documents
Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting it. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Note that the degree awarding country may be a different one from the country where the studies are taken. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to any regular requirements for attesting documents.
More information on the country-specific requirements for educational documents.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced by early April 2019. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.
Please see Tampere University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure.