Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health


Faculty of Social Sciences

The PGH Programme in Brief

The effects of global phenomena are transforming the way we work for health both at national and international levels. The 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 the core competencies of public and global health and achieving “two degrees in one”. The programme equips our graduates with practical skills and tools for their future working life: the programme includes an internship or a work placement, as well real-life cases and assignments in the courses.

In our view, global health is not only about “developing countries”. Global phenomena affect wellbeing and health in both the global South and the global North. It is our mission to advocate for health and assure the conditions in which people can stay healthy.

The programme is open for applications next time in late 2018 for the studies starting in August 2019.

Why this programme?

Part of the class of 2017. Work and Health students during a visit to the occupational health exhibition in Tampere


Nurturing Experts in Public and Global Health

An integrated programme in public and global health expertly tailored to emphasize inter-disciplinary 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:

      • an internship of 3 months as 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

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 impacting on national and global public health issues.

As the 120 ECTS gives eligibility in doctoral studies, many of our graduates have also gone on to pursue doctoral studies in public and global health, social sciences as well as other disciplines. Several graduates have joined the IPPE Programme (International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology) at the University of Tampere, School of Health Sciences, transitioning smoothly from the international Master’s Degree Programme.

Learning Outcomes

  • work and advocate for health across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries
  • critically assess information, knowledge and research
  • appraise public and global health challenges
  • advise 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


Further Information

PGH Programme Structure and Timing

General Studies: 10 ECTS
  • Orientation and study planning skills (2 ECTS)
  • Finnish elementary course (only non-Finnish speakers*) (3 ECTS)
  • Academic writing (5 ECTS)
Advanced Studies: 95 ECTS
includes: Compulsory Core Courses, Internship and Master Thesis Studies
Compulsory Core Courses 55 ECTS
  • Overview and key concepts in public health (5 ECTS)
  • Global dynamics influencing health (5 ECTS)
  • Basic epidemiology (5 ECTS)
  • Health promotion – policies and programmes (5 ECTS)
  • Environment, technology and health (5 ECTS)
  • The application of economics to health care (5 ECTS)
  • Strengthening health systems and social protection (5 ECTS)
  • Gender and wellbeing in the global North and South (5 ECTS)
  • Poverty in the world: Hunger, inequalities and action (5 ECTS)
  • Qualitative health research (5 ECTS)
  • Basic biostatistics (5 ECTS)
Internship 10 ECTS
  • An internship abroad or in Finland (10 ECTS)
Master Thesis Studies 30 ECTS
  • Master’s Thesis (25 ECTS)
  • Master Thesis seminar I (1 ECTS)
  • Master Thesis seminar II (4 ECTS)
Elective Studies: 15 ECTS (3 or more courses **)
  • Individual project course (5 ECTS)
  • An introduction to ethics in health research (3 ECTS)
  • Migration and health (5 ECTS)
  • Work and health (5 ECTS)
  • Ageing of populations (5 ECTS)
  • Biostatistics (5 ECTS)
  • Mental health and services: Global issues (5 ECTS)
  • Mental health research: Using the knowledge and adding to it (5 ECTS)
  • Epidemiologic research methods (5 ECTS)
  • Project planning and management (5 ECTS)
  • Health in disasters, conflicts and complex humanitarian emergencies (5 ECTS)
  • Nordic welfare systems: Past, present, and future (5 ECTS)
  • Theories of health economics (5 ECTS)
  • Research on scool-aged children’s health and welfare (5 ECTS)
  • Tobacco control policy (in 2018 only)

*Finnish-speakers take an additional 3 ECTS of elective studies instead of the Elementray Finnish course.

**Any suitable courses from UTA, the other universities in Tampere or elsewhere, e.g. UniPID courses, can also be used as electives if stated in the personal study plan.

Timing of the studies


FIRST YEAR (2017-2018)

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Orientation and study planning skills (continues a little in 2. period) Basic biostatistics Health promotion – policies and programmes Strengthening health systems and social protection
Overview and key concepts in public health (during 2 periods) Qualitative health research Environment, technology and health
Global dynamics influencing health (during 2 periods) Master’s thesis seminar I
Basic epidemiology The application of economics to health care
Finnish elementary course Scientific writing Scientific writing (continues online)
Epidemiologic research methods Nordic welfare systems: Past, present, and future
An introduction to ethics in health research Ageing, health and well-being
Migration and health Research on school-aged children’s health and well-being
Theories of Health Economics  Tobacco control policy (in 2018 only)
Summer 2018: First possibility to complete internship

SECOND YEAR (2018-2019)

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Poverty in the world: Hunger, inequalities and action Gender and wellbeing in the global North and South Second possibility to complete internship
Master’s thesis (individual plans, can be completed any time during the year – should be finished before the summer 2019).
Master thesis seminar II (continues the whole year)
Biostatistics Health in disasters, conflicts and complex humanitarian emergencies
Project planning and management Individual project course (can be completed at any time during the programme)
Mental health and services: Global issues Mental health research: Using the knowledge and adding to it
Work and health

Some of our courses are also available through the UTA Open University.


Programme Planning Team 

The programme is multi-disciplinary and the Faculty of Social Sciences is responsible for its quality. The planning team consists of professors, teachers and students. The key experts in the team represent Public Health and Global Health and Development at the Faculty of Social Sciences. In case of any questions or concerns, please contact the programme coordinator.

Clas-Håkan Nygård

Professor, Head of the Programme

Anneli Milén

Professor, Global Health and Development

Tarja Kinnunen
University lecturer
Mikko Perkiö

University instructor



Catarina Ståhle-Nieminen

Coordinator of International Education

Arvo-building, room E160

Tel. + 358 40 190 1664



Postal address

Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health

Faculty of Social Sciences, Health Sciences

FI-33014 University of Tampere