Master Programme in Health Science: Focus Public Health Sciences
General admission requirements for studies at Masters level.
Swedish B/Swedish 2 B and English A.
For the chosen Major:
- Public Health Science: Bachelors Degree of 180 ECTS credits including a degree project of 15 ECTS cr, or equivalent.
- Nursing: Professional Nursing Degree of 180 ECTS credits including a degree project of 15 ECTS cr, or Bachelors Degree in nursing, or equivalent.
Students who have a 60 ECTS cr Masters Degree in the chosen major can have these credits transferred to the programme.
EducationThe programme involvespart-time or full-time Master's level studies in one of two specialisations: public health science or nursing. The programme also includes optional courses. The combination of a main field of study and electives gives students the chance to choose the degree of depth in health studies and breath of multidisciplinarity for their degree. In this way the programme is relevant to professional life as well as for further studies. Students choose their specialisation (public health or nursing) on application.
People from different professional groups choose the public health specialisation for further study. In this area there are a number of courses offered with a focus on children and their health, which are related to current research in the discipline in conjunction with national and international institutions.
Form of InstructionThe form of instruction varies to include lectures, group work, seminars and individual study.
ExaminationThe forms of examination and assessment are specified in the respective course syllabus.
Study AbroadIn some cases it is possible to choose courses offered in other countries.
Professional ContactStudents come in contact with professional life through guest lecturers, practical training opportunities, workplace projects, etc. Most students carry out a workplace-based degree project.
Course of StudyStudents are to a high degree free to choose course and pace of study and are welcome to discuss opportunitied and draw up an individual plan with the study counsellor.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Health Promotion (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Child mental health (Optional)||7.5|
|Project management and evaluation in public health work (Optional)||7.5|
|Qualitative Scientific Methodology (Elective)||7.5|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Master Dissertation (one year) (Obligatory)||15|
|Equality in health (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Motivational Interviewing in Health Promotion (Optional)||7.5|
|Global Health (Optional)||7.5|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Child health from a public health perspective (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Quantitative Scientific Methodology (Elective)||7.5|
|Epidemiology in Mental Health (Optional)||7.5|
|Public Health Sciences: Practical Training (Optional)||15|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Master Dissertation Public Health Sciences (one year) (Obligatory)||15|
|Recognizing and responding to child maltreatment (Optional)||7.5|
|Master's Thesis in Public Health Sciences (Obligatory)||30|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.