Master's Degree Programme in Public and Global Health

General

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Programme Description

Because health is a right and not a privilege

The effects of global phenomena are transforming the way we work for health at both national and international levels. Our programme offers a unique opportunity to study the intertwined disciplines of public and global health.

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!

Information about studies

  • Type: Master's degree
  • Degree earned: Master of Social Sciences
  • Planned duration: 2 years
  • Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
  • City: Tampere
  • Campus: Kauppi Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 €

Study objectives

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.
  • Advice 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.

We are currently working on the new learning aims and curriculum for the programme and will update all our programme descriptions in early 2021.

More about the language of instruction

The programme is taught entirely in English.

Study contents

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 the 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.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the programme is 10000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

Structure of studies

For more information on the structure of studies, please see the Timing of Courses.

Final project

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 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 determine 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.

Career opportunities

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 and to enhance networking with other professionals in your field.

Usually during the second year of the degree programme students have a voluntary internship of three months during the study year or in the summer. The chosen internship should be relevant to the student and the programme and may be in an international setting or in Finland.

Prior to the internship, there is an internship info session, 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 they discuss career plans and how to advance these through the internship. During the internship, the tutor provides support to the student and a contact at 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.

Internationalisation

The students in the programme come from all over the world and the multicultural study environment greatly promotes your learning. The content of the programme is also 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 voluntary internship. The internship host can be a company, an 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. We also collaborate with the Finnish-taught Public Health Master's Programme and the Global Society Master's Programme in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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 Programme.

Eligibility criteria

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 as students in Tampere University.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • from a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • from a recognised institution of higher education
    • The Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
  • AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2021. In this case, they would be accepted conditionally. Please see special instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor's degree.

Admission to studies leading directly to a master's degree will be based on the applicant’s bachelor's degree conferred by a university or a university of applied sciences. Depending on programme-specific admission requirements, the programme may take into account skills previously acquired by applicants when considering applications.

A previously completed master’s degree will not make applicants ineligible for admission. However, applicants who are applying for admission to pursue a second master’s degree will only be admitted for particularly weighty reasons.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Master’s degree programme in Public and Global Health an applicant must have a Bachelor's degree in public or global health, medicine or another health-related field or alternatively a 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.

Language skill requirements

When applying to a Master’s programme at Tampere University, you must submit evidence of your good command of the English language for academic purposes. You have two options of demonstrating your English language proficiency: language tests or previous studies.

In both cases, you must submit a document as proof of language skills.

English language tests and the minimum result requirements:

Test name Minimum test result for Bachelor's programmes at Tampere University
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition 92 overall with no section below 20
IELTS (academic) /IELTS Indicator 6.5 overall with no section below 5.5 
PTE (academic) 62 overall with no section in Communicative Skills below 42
C1 Advanced* C
C2 Proficiency* C1
Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English) Proficiency level 5

*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency

Previous studies

It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University that demonstrate your good command of English for academic purposes. Only studies that fulfil the criteria will be accepted so if you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions listed by Tampere University and how to submit documents.

Intake

24 students are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Public and Global Health.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and sufficient application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.

The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on 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. The complementary studies will be decided at the faculty case by case (maximum 60 ECTS credits). 

Scoring

The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.

In the selection process, the following judgmental requirements are evaluated as a composite:

  • High enough academic performance in Bachelor degree studies.
  • The applicants must show strong motivation to study the key topics of the programme and interest to work in an interdisciplinary area.
  • Having completed the MOOC course “Introduction to Sustainable Digital Life” will be considered as an advantage. The course opens 15th October 2020 and the applicant must complete the MOOC course by latest 28th February 2021 (23:59 p.m. GMT+2). All assignments must be submitted by this date to be considered. It is not possible to submit any documents after the deadline as the course closes on this day.

How to apply

Admissions step-by-step

  1. Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply to three programmes at the same time.
  2. Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
  4. When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload the required enclosures to the application. The application period is 9 December 2020 at 8.00 GMT+2 - 13 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2.
  5. Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office within two weeks, by 27 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline and they must be delivered according to the country-specific requirements, if applicable.
  6. Remember to apply for a scholarship, if applicable.
  7. Wait for the admission results to be announced at the end of March 2021.
  8. If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline. Pay the tuition fee if required.
  9. Start preparing for your arrival in Finland well in advance.
  10. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community when the studies start in August 2021!

Online application form

The online application form will be available only during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 9 December 2020 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 13 January 2021 at 3 pm (GMT+2). 

Enclosures

You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.

You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.

Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 27 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2. You can find the list of the required general application enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.

There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.

However, there are programme-specific questions on the application form and you will be asked to provide:

  • Contact information for two academic/professional persons who can provide recommendations for you. Please give the name, organisation, position and contact information including an e-mail address that if needed, we may contact them.
  • Skype contact information. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

Admission results and appeals

Admissions results will be announced at the end of March 2021. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Last updated Sep 2020

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