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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.

We aim to accommodate the programme to international students as possible, but language of instruction in some courses is Icelandic.

Further information: 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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Students' comments

Friðgeir Andri Sverrisson
Public health sciences

One of the main reasons I chose the master's programme in public health sciences was the flexibility in selecting a broad range of classes from different subject areas.

The programme has strong foundations and a good core but also attracts individuals with different backgrounds, which promotes the possibility of cooperation all across society. After i finished my studies and embarked on the job market, I found this to be the case as my experience in the programme was instrumental to my job search.

The freedom to choose from an array of diverse courses ensured my highest satisfaction and increased skills in the areas I wanted to master, especially in relation to further learning and working abroad.

Hjördís Lilja Lorange
Public health sciences student

The public health sciences programme has been an extraordinary experience where I've dealt with many exciting challenges. In my studies I've adopted critical thinking and learned techniques to systematically approach scientific topics. The well-organized courses give you a chance to dive into various public health subjects, like the most current threats to public health today.

I couldn't be more pleased with the excellent professors who all have profound knowledge of the topics and pass on their knowledge in a both entertaining and exciting manner.

The knowledge and experience I gained from the master's programme exceeded far beyond my hopes and I've benefitted immensily from my studies.

Heiðrún Hlöðversdóttir
Public health sciences student

I was especially drawn to the multi-disciplinary approach of the public health sciences studies. My background in psychology was useful as the master's program is, to some extent, built on the foundation of scientifical methodology and statistics.''

''The studies have given me an invaluable insight into the careers of different health-related occupations, whether it's through my teachers or fellow students with different educational backgrounds and experiences.'' 

''One of the best qualities of the programme is being able to choose from a multitude of different courses, crafting your course path based on your personal interests.

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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

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

Please call or write ahead to book an appointment.

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