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Health Systems in a Global Perspective: Methods and Applications

Course · 7.5 credits


Do you want to improve your proficiency in understanding and analyzing health systems? In this elective, advanced level course students will develop their skills and abilities to conduct policy relevant analyses of complex health systems across different countries and contexts. Using a mix of interactive learning tools and challenging cases, the course will give you an opportunity to develop critical skills for assessing and comparing health systems with respect to organization, performance and financing.

Course content

The course is organized around five parts:

  • Part 1: Introduction to health systems in a global perspective.
  • Part 2: Data analysis for global health systems analysis.
  • Part 3: Health care financing in a global perspective.
  • Part 4: Health care reform in a global perspective.
  • Part 5: Health systems reform for universal health coverage.

In each part, students will be asked to complete specific tasks with a view to developing the necessary conceptual understanding and technical skills to contribute to policy relevant health systems analysis in various contexts.

Course design

The course is offered as an online-only course on a part-time basis (during day-time CET). The course consists of lectures, seminars and group exercises. Attendance at the seminars is compulsory.

After the course

The course will provide future health system professionals with the necessary theoretical and practical skills with a focus on health system strengthening and reform. The course targets students interested in working in global organizations such as the UN, the Global Fund and the World Health Organization (WHO), international civil society organizations, national public entities, and the private sector.


Closed for applications

Application opportunities


Björn Ekman

Email: bjorn [dot] ekman [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Jesper Sundewall

Email: jesper [dot] sundewall [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Katarina Ambohm

Email: katarina [dot] ambohm [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

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

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent), and English course 6/B (advanced proficiency).

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: ECTS (HPAV): 100 %.

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.

How to prove your English proficiency –

Country-specific requirements

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

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Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –


Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Malmö, full time 100%

In English, distance learning

No mandatory meetings

Study period

2 October 2024 - 31 October 2024


You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply

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.

When to apply for studies

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 the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • 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 the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
    Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies –
    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –
  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph 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. 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 25 625

First payment: SEK 25 625

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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.

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 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/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 Master's level.

Scholarship information on 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