Master's Programme in Public Health Science, Health Economics
University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy (Faculty of Medicine)
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Public health science is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on health and disease at the population level. The master’s programme in Public Health Science offers two unique specializations: health economics and health equality. In the health economic specialization, you will study economic development and health and evaluate the economic costs and benefits of health interventions. The specialization emphasizes local and civil society participation to achieve the right to health for all.
The distribution of health and disease in the population is partly shaped by the distribution of power, opportunities, and socioeconomic resources, including access to adequate education, health care, safe housing and workplaces, clean water and food. The availability of social support, resources to meet daily needs, and the possibility of living a life free of discrimination are unequally distributed between and within countries, which affects the prevalence of health and disease. Studying public health science in Sweden means that you will live and observe a country with extended structures for improved population health, such as universal welfare and health care systems. Despite this, you will also become aware of public health challenges even in a country with an extended welfare system such as Sweden.