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Public Health - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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Public Health - Master's Programme

As one of Sweden’s most applied for Master’s Programme, the Lund University Master of Public Health Programme is enriched with a synergy of a global classroom of diverse and multi-disciplinary students and staff.

A person’s right to the highest attainable standard of health has no geographical or social bounds. However, poverty and lack of democratic governance impede many people’s access to this right. In order to abolish health inequalities and achieve sustainable improvements in health and wellbeing, global part- nerships and the effective spread of knowledge are essential. We must therefore educate future public health experts who have a broad, interdisciplinary perspective and the will to par- ticipate in this global effort.

The programme’s focus is thus cross-disciplinary with a consistent global perspective. The programme provides stu- dents with evidence-based knowledge and the skills and tools necessary for conducting research, policy-making and pro- moting health. The teaching and learning approaches used in the programme are dynamic and continuously adapted to an optimized learning environment. As one student expressed it: “The class and teaching are a microcosm of the global context we’ll face in work life.”

Course leaders and guest lecturers have substantial experi- ence in a range of disciplinary and geographical contexts and originate from countries such as Sweden, Ghana, Iran, Uganda, and the UK. The diversity and experience of fellow students also contribute to the stimulating learning environment.

Applications will open on the

Application opportunities

This programme will open for applications from 18 October to 15 January

Application portfolio checklist

A checklist for the supporting documents which are required to successfully apply.


Programme Director

Benedict Oppong Asamoah

Phone: +46 40 39 14 01

Email: Benedict_oppong [dot] asamoah [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Admissions and general questions

MPH Administration

Phone: +46 40 391406

Email: mph [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

University degree equivalent to a Swedish B.A./B.Sc. of at least 180 credits. English 6/English Course B.

Selection criteria

The selection will be based on a total assessment of the students’ previous academic qualifications, prior work experience in the public health field and a
letter of intent.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.




Start Autumn Semester 2021

daytime Malmö, full time 100%

In English

Study period

30 August 2021 - 9 June 2023


Closed for applications

Start Autumn Semester 2022

Day-time Malmö, full time 100%

In English

Study period

29 August 2022 - 2 June 2024


Will open for applications 2021-10-18

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period.
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies.
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

*Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på

Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned in Step 2, you must also fill in and submit the MPH Profile Portfolio, which includes a CV and your submission of a specified minor assignment, when you apply to this programme.

Download a checklist for the supporting documents that are required to make a successful application (PDF, new window)


Watch on YouTube: How to apply for a Master's programme 

Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 280 000

First payment: SEK 70 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions on the University Admissions website.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations


Career prospects

In a recent alumni survey, roughly 2/3 of those responding were employed within the field of public health. Of these, 96% had found their public health employment within a year after graduating.

Working in the public health sector

Of those working in the public health sector, about 1/3 were primarily involved in research including institutions such as Lund University, Karolinska Institute, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Charité in Berlin, Copenhagen University, Makerere University, and the US CDC.

Working for top governing institutions and NGOs

Alumni of the Master’s programme in Public Health are currently employed at a variety of top governing institutions such as national ministries of health, UNICEF, Global Fund, WHO, and various NGOs such as Save the Children, the Danish Family Planning Association, Headspace Australia, and FIMRC. In addition, the programme provides preparation for PhD studies and an academic career.