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Epidemiology, MS


120 ECTS - MS degree

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Do you want to gain skills and practical training in research?


Do you intend to take on leadership roles within the many divisions of health sciences?


Do you want a great foundation in using statistics in researching health and health-related factors?


If so, the master's programme in epidemiology might be for you.

About the programme

Students finish 60-90 ECTS credits of courses and a 30-60 ECTS credit final thesis project.

  • The programme gives students the practical skill set for using epidemiological methods for research within the health sciences, and how to interpret results
  • It supplies students with a great foundation in using statistics in researching health and health-related factors 
  • It's a fantastic preparation for those who want to gain skills and practical training in research or intend on taking on leadership roles within the many divisions of health sciences
  • Students are encouraged to do exchange studies at another university for one semester

Mode of study

  • Two years of full-time studies
  • All of the core courses and most electives demand physical presence, so the studies are not optimal alongside working full-time
  • All core courses are finished in the first academic year, in addition to some electives
  • For the students' second year, they choose their concentrations
  • The electives can be picked from various different departments within the school, in accordance with the instructor

Admission requirements

Graduate studies

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree (BS, BA, or comparable) from an accredited college/university. A specific field of study is not required, but our students are expected to have a solid background in methodology. International applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score as proof of English proficiency. Minimum scores accepted are 79 on the TOEFL internet based test or a IELTS score of 6,5. Applicants are evaluated for entrance, based on the following criteria:

  • Grade point average (in general a GPA equivalent to the Icelandic 7,25 (first) is a prerequisite for admission).
  • Performance in specific courses, such as methodology and statistics.
  • Statement of purpose and objectives.

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After graduation

Epidemiologists often work at hospitals, governmental institutes, or universities. Many are employed by the private sector, ranging from insurance companies to pharmaceutical companies, whether in Iceland or abroad.

The professional possibilities after graduation are practically limitless.

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Examples of professions:

  • Research
  • Working on public health initiatives
  • Policy making
  • Education
  • Health promotion
  • Prevention

Social life

The student organisation of the Faculty of Public Health Sciences is called Iðunn and is active in making social life for students fun. Iðunn organises all kinds of events such as field trips, visits to companies and organisations, and more. All students in Epidemiology automatically become members of Iðunn. 

Iðunn's Facebook page

University's social life

Contact us

The Centre of Public Health Sciences
Sturlugata 8, 102 Reykjavik
Tel: 525 4956
E-mail: publichealth@hi.is

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