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Epidemiology, MS


120 ECTS - MS degree

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Are you interested in studies that can advance our knowledge of the determinants of health within communities?

Would you like practical training in the methods and interpretation of population-based research?

About the programme 

The programme provides practical knowledge in epidemiological methods and training in how to apply them in health science research.

Emphasis is also on solid foundation in statistics and the interpretation of data. 

Mode of study

Cross- departmental electives and an independent research thesis enables students to shape their study plan around their area of interest.

Students have the option of exchange studies for part of the program.

Do note that while we try to accommodate the programme to international students as possible, language of instruction in some courses might be Icelandic.

Further information in the Course Catalogue

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 research the transmission, causes and consequences of disease among groups of people. An understanding of population-based studies is essential for policy making in healthcare.

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Career possibilites:

  • Research
  • Project management and policy making
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Education

Contact us

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

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-16pm and Fridays 10am-12pm.

Please call or write ahead to book an appointment.

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