We use student-centred teaching methods, and the teaching includes both class-room teaching and online elements. In the class-room students will benefit from the interactive sessions with fellow students and teachers with a multicultural background. Online assignments are designed to help gain a deeper understanding and apply their knowledge. Different assignments also provide training in scientific writing. Studying includes both group work and independent learning.
The curriculum includes both compulsory and elective studies. To plan the track-specific and elective courses, each student creates a personal study plan. This also helps with scheduling and adjusting the work-load over the two-year studies on campus. In their study plans, students can choose courses from a wide selection, including those offered by other departments, university networks (e.g. UNIPID, Finnish University Partnership for International Development) and UEF Summer Schools. The courses offered by the university library and language centre help students improve their general academic skills. An elective internship can also be included in the study plan.
Curriculum of the MSc Degree Programme in Public Health 2023-2025
Common module 60 ECTS
4455010 Orientation to MPH studies
8031003 University Study Skills
Finnish language and/or international studies
TL00DF19 Foundations of Public Health
4455908 Global and Local Public Health Issues
TL00DF08 Introduction to Health Promotion
8020310 Information Skills and Sources in Health Sciences for International Students
4455053 Epidemiology I
4455041 Evidence Based Health Care
TL00BN76 Research in Public Health
4455300 Research Seminar Series
TL00BN57 Qualitative Research
4455057 Biostatistics I
TL00BN80 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
TL00DE53 Principles of Nutrition
4455035 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
4455407 Advanced Health Policy
4455609 Health Economics and Public Health
TL00DF23 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Public Health and Medicine
TL00BN58 Ethics and Health
4455700 Occupational Health
Track I Globe, Culture and Public Health (20 ECTS)
TL00BN59 Health, Culture and Society
TL00BN60 Arts and Health
4455302 Public Health in Humanitarian Crises
TL00BN61 Public Health and Vulnerable Groups
Either one of the following two courses
TL00DF22 Public Health Challenges in Asia
TL00CK88 Post-Soviet Public Health
Track II Epidemiology (20 ECTS)
TL00BN62 Epidemiology II
4455042 Nutritional Epidemiology
TL00DE77 Current Trends in Epidemiology
TL00BN63 Clinical epidemiology
TL00BN64 Advanced Topics in Epidemiology
4455202 Biostatistics II
Track III Public Health Nutrition (20 ECTS)
TL00BV76 Nutrition in Life Cycle
TL00BV79 Public Health Nutrition
4455405 Food and Nutrition Programs and Policies
4455606 Food and Culture
4455042 Nutritional Epidemiology
Track IV Health Promotion in Nursing Science (20 ECTS)
TH00DI74 Community Based Health Promotion
TH00DJ04 Health Impact Assessment
4311006 Patient Safety
4318001 Evaluation of Nursing Knowledge in Nursing Science
4318005 Values and Knowledge Basis in Nursing Science
Electives 10 ECTS (Minimum)
Thesis (appropriate to the track) 30 ECTS
Total 120 ECTS
Globe, Culture and Public Health
Globe, Culture and Public Health is one of the four specific tracks in the UEF's Master's Degree Programme in Public Health. It could actually be called Global and Public Health Programme in itself, since the aim of the track is to explore public health in a very broad context. Students will learn to identify health threats from both local, regional, and global perspectives. Health inequalities across the world are specifically highlighted. One part of this mission is to study social and economic forces that shape human health and behavior together with, and beyond, biological factors. Students are also expected to gain understanding of various cultural aspects of public health. It is emphasized how human life is inherently embedded in culture. Public health, and health services as part of it, greatly depend not only on socioeconomic realities, but also on what is taking place in the overall cultural setting. Special emphasis is put on vulnerable populations, humanitarian crises, and global health development, especially in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined by the United Nations. Pandemics is naturally one of the topics in the track. Environmental health is yet another core theme, not forgetting the enormous public health challenges that climate change is creating for all of us. The overall aim of this track is to develop appropriate attitudes and create essential global health knowledge base for students. This in turn would help young public health professionals to engage in the worldwide efforts to tackle public health challenges in the rapidly developing world.
The aim of this track is to provide expertise in reading research reports, carrying out epidemiological analyses, and producing scientific evidence in all areas requiring quantitative methodology. Possible future employers include universities, research organisations and institutions, international health organisations, administrative bodies and the private sector.
The track focuses on developing a sound basis for understanding current epidemiologic research. A broad view of the different branches of epidemiology and emerging trends are emphasized. In addition to offering a major tool for successful public health work, epidemiology is the key to approaching complex health related issues in general.
Public Health Nutrition
The aim of the track is to provide expertise for working on public health nutrition-related research, development and projects. Possible future employers include administrative bodies, organisations, industry, schools and research institutions. Public Health Nutrition is closely related to public health and clinical nutrition, which are among the major subjects taught at the university. Public Health Nutrition focuses on the promotion of good health and the maintenance of well-being through nutrition among the whole population. The prevention of dietary-related illnesses is also emphasised. Students will learn how nutrition promotes well-being in different life stages, and how it affects the risk of chronic diseases, how to plan public health nutrition interventions, and how food and nutrition policies affect food environment and consumption, among other things.
Health Promotion in Nursing Science
The aim of the Health Promotion in Nursing Science track is to provide students with academic competence, and critical evaluation skills, ethical consideration in nursing research in health promotion, and the ability to apply research findings to nursing science, participate in the multidisciplinary national and international research projects, employ evidence-based practice and pursue doctorate-level studies.
This track focuses on the topical questions, theories and practices of health promotion from a nursing science perspective. It leads students to deepen their knowledge about health promotion practices in nursing science, its impact on community care and patient care, and developing health promotion and health service environments. This track is offered by the Department of Nursing Science.
The Master's thesis (30 ECTS) is completed in the chosen track (Epidemiology; Public Health Nutrition; Globe, Culture and Public Health; or Health Promotion in Nursing science). Students will learn to apply the basics of research, and how to be analytical. We offer courses that train students for research throughout their studies in the Master's programme. Students will prepare their thesis under the supervision of teachers and researchers at the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition and the Department of Nursing Science.