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Public Health Sciences, master MPH


Public Health Sciences

120 ECTS - MPH degree

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Are you interested in improving the health of communities through preventive interventions?

Would you like training in the methods and interpretation of research into health and the factors influencing it?

About the programme

The programme provides training in conducting and interpreting research into health and health factors, as well as an understanding of how to implement health promotion initiatives.

Emphasis is on determinants of health and basic knowledge of disease prevention.


Mode of study

Cross-departmental electives and an independent research thesis enable 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 for international students but note that language of instruction is Icelandic in some courses .

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 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

Heiðrún Hlöðversdóttir
Master of Public Health Student

I was especially drawn to the multi-disciplinary approach of the Master of Public Health studies. My background in psychology was useful as the MPH 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.''

Hjördís Lilja Lorange
Master of Public Health Student

The MPH 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 MPH programme exceeded far beyond my hopes and I've benefitted immensily from my studies.

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.

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After graduation

Public health scientists generally work in education, health interventions, or policymaking in healthcare-related issues.

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Career possibilities

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

Contact us

Centre of Public Health Sciences
Sturlugata 8, 102 Reykjavík
Tel: +354 525 4956

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

Visitors are asked to call or write ahead to schedule an appointment.

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