Public Health Sciences 15/16

In order to be accepted as an exchange student at KI, you must be enrolled at a university that has a written exchange agreement with KI for the specific study programme of interest. You must be nominated by your home institution, and the final decision on admission will be made by KI.

All courses are full-time courses and require at least 40 hours of work per week. You can only attend one course at a time, and you can only follow courses that belong to the same programme and semester. One study week is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. The performance will be graded in accordance to the course's grading scale and on the basis of the student's fulfillment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

General requirements have to be met in order to apply for the courses:

  • A good command of English (equal to a TOEFL score of 550)
  • At least 120 ECTS credits (2 years) of studies in the field of Public Health Sciences and/or Global Health 
  • In addition, specific requirements may apply.

Course syllabuses

To find the syllabus for the course you are interested in, follow this link. You will find the course code right before the name of the courses listed on this page.

Global Health

Semester 1 (autumn)

3GB000 Global Health, 7.5 ECTS credits
3GB001 Research Methodology, 7.5 ECTS credits
3GB016 Infectious diseases - a challenge to global health, 4.5 ECTS credits
3GB014 Health policy, management and economics, 4,5 ECTS credits

Semester 2 (spring)

3GB013 Maternal and child health in a global perspective, 3 ECTS credits
3GB015 NCD, Non-communicable diseases, injuries, natural emergencies and conflicts in a global health perspective, 3 ECTS credits

Health Economics, Policy and Management

Semester 1 (autumn)

4FH004 Introduction to Public Health Sciences, 7.5 ECTS credits
4FH052 Health Economics-Financing Health and Medical Care, 10 ECTS credits
4FH051 Health Systems and Policy, 10 ECTS credits
4FH050 Planning for Health, 2.5 ECTS credits

Semester 2 (spring)

4FH053 Basic Epidemiology and Statistics I, 5 ECTS credits
4FH054 Health Outcomes and Measurements, 7.5 ECTS credits
4FH055 Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, 7.5 ECTS credits
4FH056 Health and Medical Care Management, 10 ECTS credits

Public Health Epidemiology

Semester 1 (autumn)

4FH004 Introduction to Public Health Sciences, 7.5 ECTS credits
4FH064 Methods for studying the distribution of health, 7.5 ECTS credits
4FH059 Basic statistics and computer based analysis, 7.5 ECTS credits
4FH044 Collecting and organizing data, 7.5 ECTS credits

Semester 2 (spring)

4FH066 Epidemiological methods for studying determinants of health, 7.5 ECTS credits
4FH065 Advanced statistics in Epidemiology, 7.5 ECTS credits
4FH005 Qualitative methods, 7.5 ECTS credits
4FH045 Methods for outcome evaluation of public health intervention, 7.5 ECTS credits

Semester 3 (autumn)

4FH046 Applied epidemiology 1 - distribution of health, 5 ECTS credits
4FH047 Applied epidemiology 2 - determinants of health, 10 ECTS credits
4FH048 Applied epidemiology 3 - outcome evaluation, 5 ECTS credits
4FH049 Science - theory, practice and ethics, 10 ECTS credits

Interprofessional courses

Public Health Response in Disasters

What are health consequences of different disaster? How does one go about to meet the most urgent needs in disaster situations? These are focal questions in the course Public Health Response in Disasters. The course has two modules: Pre-disaster context and global health (8 ECTS) and Disaster response (12 ECTS). The first module starts out with a focus on the pre-disaster context and global health, as well as indirect and direct effects of disasters on health and health systems. The second module  focuses on disaster response related to public health. The course is part of an Erasmus Mundus Master: Public Health in Disasters, and runs from January - March.

Community- and Home-based Rehabilitation

The overall aim of this interprofessional course in Community– and Home-based Rehabilitation is to provide the students with knowledge about theoretical frameworks as well as practical tools in how to design, implement and assess the effects of intervention and technology in the home- and community-care in different cultures. Skills to identify, present and discuss ethical dilemmas in relation to culture, home- and community-care and how they impact the whole family will also be developed in the course. The course is worth 7.5 ECTS, and runs in May-June.

Research-oriented projects for exchange students

The Public Health Science Programme can offer research-oriented projects on Master level during both autumn and spring semester. You need to make the initial arrangements. The most successful approach is to participate in an ongoing research project and to find a supervisor interested in coaching students. The subject area and a supervisor from Karolinska Institutet should be stated in the application form. 

Research groups in Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences 
Research groups within the Centre for Global Health


Application deadline- courses

  • 1 May: for the autumn semester (end of August to mid-January)
  • 1 October: for the spring semester (mid-January to the beginning of June)

Application deadline - research oriented projects

  • As far in advance as possible, but no later than six months before the required start of the study period

Abbreviations in the application form

All courses open for applications for exchange students appears in the application form. All courses in the application form start with an abbreviation. Please note that you cannot apply for different tracks/specializations and levels - all your courses must be within the same track! Contact the international coordinator, if you need help with choosing courses.

  • EP for Public Health Epidemiology (area of specialization in the Master)
  • HEPM for Health Economics, Policy and Management (area of specialization in the Master)
  • GH for Global Health (one year Master)

Who can apply? When you have been nominated by your home university for exchange studies at Karolinska Institutet, you can apply using the form below.

Will I be admitted? There are only a limited number of places on curricular courses and projects. You apply in competition and a study place cannot be guaranteed. Please choose more than one alternative when filling in the application form, since that will increase you chances of being admitted.

How do I apply? Start the on-line application below by selecting your home university, preferred period of study and language of instruction. Then look through the entire form and read all the information carefully, especially under proposed study programme at Karolinska Institutet. Mandatory information is marked " * ". You will not be able to submit the application if you omit this information.

Have all the information ready when you start. Once you have started to enter the required information on-line, you cannot save it to continue at a later stage. This means that you must have all information ready by the time you wish to submit your application, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. As long as you are actively entering information, there is no time limit.

Remember to print the application and registration number. Please note that you must print your application before you submit it electronically. You submit the application by pressing the "Submit" button at the end of the form. Note that when this is done you cannot make any changes! You will immediately get a notification that your application has been registered along with a registration number unique to your application. Please make a note of this registration number as it is used to check the status of your application.

What do I do with my printed application? Once you have printed the application, sign it and also have it signed by the international coordinator or contact person at your university. Please send the application to the international student coordinator by regular mail, together with :

  • A verified transcript of credits and grades, i.e. list of courses passed at your home university
  • Notarized copies of the pages in your passports showing your personal data and the validity of the passport
  • An updated CV
  • One photograph (passport size )

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The information you enter will be stored in a database and treated according to PUL (Personal Data Act - Swedish Code of Statutes, SFS 1998:204).

Application form


Administrative officer

Karin Forslund

Phone: 08-524 865 41
Organizational unit: Student- och karriärservice

Programme presentations

Public health sciences promote health and quality of life, prevent disease and improve health systems. The Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences provides a global perspective to the public health field and has a multidisciplinary approach. At KI there are two tracks within Public Health Sciences. 

The Public Health Epidemiology track provides advanced studies in epidemiology and its application within public health. The student will acquire in-depth knowledge of epidemiological and statistical methods, data acquisition and management, and methods for outcome assessment of public health interventions and policy. The focus is on applied epidemiology in order to develop the skills to describe, analyse and reflect upon a variety of public health issues and to critically review epidemiological studies.

The Health Economics, Policy and Management track provides an opportunity for students to develop theoretical and practical skills for analysing health and healthcare issues at the organisational and policy level. The objectives of this track are to give students a base for a career in the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields, enhance their existing set of health economics, management and policy skills, and help them gain theoretical and conceptual understanding of the function of the health sector.

Global health integrates expertise and perspectives from the fields of public health, medicine, epidemiology, health economics, political science, environmental sciences and anthropology, among others. It provides a new platform for research, education and information on health challenges faced by the world population.

Career opportunities

Graduates in Public Health Sciences are well prepared for important positions in the private and public sectors, particularly authorities responsible for environmental and health issues, international work, or to proceed with further research and education.

As a graduate from the Global Health programme, you have a potential field of work in national or international organisations that work with low or middle income countries around issues related to poverty and health. Upon completion of the programme you are also eligible to apply for PhD training.

Degree ProgrammePublic Health