Public Health

Master (2 years) of , 120 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Esbjerg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 5100 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The purpose of the programme is to provide students with scientifically based knowledge and useful competencies in relation to the field of public health science. At the same time the students will be able to analyse and evaluate within certain fields. These competencies will be obtained through practical and theoretical work in the field of health promotion in a given population.

The programme aims at laying the conceptual basis by increasing the students’ competencies with respect to:
  • building and applying advanced epidemiological knowledge of essential health factors
  • assessing current research and implementing analyses on the state of health of populations
  • applying a wide selection of communication techniques and tools in connection with primary and secondary prevention, health promotion initiatives as well as public health-related assignments
  • evaluating implementations, performances and results of prevention and promotion measures
  • analysing structures and institutional changes of health systems
  • setting up theoretical solutions for concrete political and administrative problems in the field of health
Students are able to specialise within one of the following four main tracks: Health Promotion, Global Health, Risk Research or Health Economics and Management.

Read about the structure of the programme here.

Career Opportunities  

With a Master’s degree in Public Health Science you will be qualified to work with assignments within areas like:
  • Health planning
  • Health administration and analysis
  • Development
  • Planning
  • Giving advise
  • Teaching and doing research in relation to health prevention and health promotion
You will have many exciting job opportunities Examples of potential jobs may be health related service-, management-, and planning assignments within public and private institutions, companies, and organisations. Potential jobs can be found in national and regional agencies and institutions as well as agencies and institutions of large municipalities - e.g. the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Labour and their agencies, hospital and health managements together with social and health planning departments in counties and municipalities.

In addition, students can apply for jobs in national and international organisations dealing with prevention and combating of disease - e.g. WHO, the EU, Red Cross, the OECD and the World Bank.


To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a bachelor’s degree within Health Sciences such as:
  • Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Science
  • Human Biology
  • Dentistry
A professional bachelor within Health Sciences such as:
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Ergonomics
  • Nutrition
  • Midwife
  • Biomedical laboratory technician
  • Global Nutrition and Health
In addition, applicants must provide documentation of proficiency in English. For further information please consult language requirements

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact University of Southern Denmark directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01