MDP in Public and Global Health

Because health is a right and not a privilege

Please note that the information on these Admissions pages was valid for the 2018 intake. Programme requirements and admissions info will be updated in late summer - autumn 2018.

Programme profile and research at UTA

Degree: Master of Health Sciences
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: Next intake will be in December 2018 - January 2019 for 2019 admission
Start date: August 2019 (to be confirmed)
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year
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Finland University
What is Finland University?

The effects of global phenomena are transforming the way we work for health both at national and international levels.

Our programme offers a unique opportunity to study the intertwined disciplines of public and global health. 

A student 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.


Why Public and Global Health?

We bring real world problems into our classroom, throw you into the situation, and start solving the problem together. - Anneli Milén, Professor, Global Health and Development
Check out the programme videos to find out more

Unique characteristics of the PGH programme:

  • An integrated programme in public and global health
  • Offers interdisciplinary studies in health sciences, social sciences, and technology
  • All the core disciplines of public health -  epidemiology, health promotion, health systems, and health economics are studied as well as a wide range of elective courses of the students’ choice

In this programme you can:

  • Grow  your expertise in global dynamics such as:  inequalities, climate change, migration, ageing, 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:
    • work placement for 1-3 months as part of your programme
    • courses include real-world case-projects
  • Enjoy the advantage of small classes adapted to the needs and interests of students
  • Interact with an approachable faculty keen to engage with students

What our students say?

Christopher KipkorirOur current students and alumni are consistently positive about their studies here. Many have continued in academia while others are employed in a variety of positions both in Finland and abroad.

Chris from Kenya is one of our current students. He is particularly interested in strengthening health care provision at primary level to better serve the needs of disadvantaged communities. Read more in the link below!

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Study objectives

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health you will be able to:

  • 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

Career opportunities

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.

Doctoral study opportunities

As a graduate of this programme, you are eligible 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.

Applying for the programme


There is no intake into the Public and Global Health programme in 2018.


Eligibility criteria to the Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria.

Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Master’s programme at the University of Tampere an applicant must have

  1. A completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject
  2. Fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For requirements, please see "Language requirements" below.

Programme specific admission criteria

To be eligible to the programme an applicant must have a university level Bachelor's degree in public or global health or another health-related field or alternatively a university level Bachelor's degree in some other relevant field accompanied with a sufficient amount of studies in the field of health. In addition, work experience in public or global health will be taken into account.

Other requirements

The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that she/he sends the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2019 (to be confirmed). An attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the University of Tampere Admissions office by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the University of Tampere.

If the applicant has a degree in which the relevant studies in the applicable fields are insufficient, the university may require that the student conducts additional studies in addition to the Master's degree studies.

Priority will be given to applicants with no prior Master’s degree or higher degree.

Language requirements

Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

1. Language tests

We accept the following tests as a proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based
    • Note: scores from "TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme" are not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62

Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, the applicant must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland. For information on how to submit a language test result, please see

2. Previous studies 

If you fulfil one of the criteria below, you are exempt from submitting a language test score.

  • A Bachelor's degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees. The applicant needs to have stayed in the respective country when studying for the Bachelor's degree.
  • A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  • Applicants who have taken their pre-university education (yläaste/lukio) in the Finnish language are not required to submit an international language test score but they must submit a copy of their yläaste/lukio certificate and provide evidence of their English language proficiency in their CV (for example information on studies conducted in English or work experience with English as the working language).

Do note, that you may fit into several of the above categories that exempt you from the language test requirement. You should choose the most appropriate category in the application form. 

Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we also assess them to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend you to take a language test to indicate your proficiency.

For information on the documents you need to submit to indicate your language skills with previous studies, please see


There is no intake into the Public and Global Health programme in 2018.


Application period

Master's programme application period December 2018 - January 2019

Start date

August 2019 (to be confirmed)


2 years

Teaching language



A maximum of 24 students

Tuition fee

The tuition fee of the programme is 10 000 euros per academic year (non-EU/EEA students) with a scholarship-system for fee-paying students:

Programme description

The Master’s Degree Programme (MDP) in Public and Global Health at the School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, offers a unique opportunity to study the intertwined disciplines of public and global health.  The effects of global phenomena are transforming the way we work for health both at national and international levels. The innovative combination of public and global health studies equips students with the necessary expertise, skills and tools to work in the complex setting of contemporary and emerging health challenges.

How to apply

Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. Applicants must be able to support their application with enclosures related to their educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 17 January 2018.


Applicants must be able to prove their educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of their documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.

If selected, the admitted student will have to present her/his original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Finnish universities will start collecting tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English in August 2017 or after that.

Students do not need to pay the tuition fee if they are:

  • EU/EEA citizen or a family member (spouse/child) of an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card

Applicants must submit documents confirming their residence permit status with their application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents.

The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.

  • The University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees in a two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • The University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 € annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

Students apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.

For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.

Admission procedure

Students to the programme are selected among the applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria.

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents and a possible interview; there is no entrance exam. Applicants are assessed on the following merits:

  • the applicant’s academic quality and the success and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of Records
  • the applicant’s motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
  • the applicant’s English language skills for academic purposes
  • the applicant’s personal skills, judged primarily from the CV, reference letters and possible interviews

In addition, work experience relevant to the programme, and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account. These should be clearly indicated in the CV and the applicant may be asked to present documents supporting the information provided.

The programme may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted as telephone or video interviews in February-March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided by the applicant. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview is to establish the applicant's motivation, and her/his aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. An effort is also made to establish the applicant's social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

The decision for admission is based on the relevance of the earlier awarded degree(s); the amount, relevance and grades of the courses included in the degree and on the demonstrated English language competence. Fulfilling the above admissions criteria does not guarantee selection but the applicants are ranked according to their experience, qualifications and other criteria.

After the assessment, the Head of the Programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.

Not selected applicants that were ranked high in the selection process may be placed on a waiting list.

Announcment of results and rectification procedure

All applicants will be informed about the admissions results by email. Students must accept their study place by the date given in the letter of acceptance.

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student admission decision may make a written appeal within 14 days of receiving the result of the student selection.

Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure:


Contact information

Catarina Ståhle-Nieminen
International coordinator