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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 and community groups by using preventive methods? Would you like to receive training in methods and the interpretation of research on health and the factors influencing it? Then the study of public health sciences is for you! 

The programme provides practical and research-based knowledge on health and health promotion. 

About the programme

Designed for those aspiring to leadership roles within the health sector (governmental, international, or in the private sector) as well as for those aiming for a career in research. Two-year (four-semester) programmes. 

  • ​Core requirements: 32 ECTS
  • Cross-departmental electives: 28-58 ECTS
  • Research thesis: 30-60 ECTS


The aim of the programme is to enhance students' knowledge of health and evidence-based health promotion. 

The programme's emphasis is on research within a broad range of health-related fields.

Students have the opportunity to complete part of their studies abroad, and conduct their research at their place of work or within prominent public and private agencies. 

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

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.

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.''

Friðgeir Andri Sverrisson
Master of Public Health Student

One of the main reasons I chose the MPH programme 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 graduating

The programme gives a good foundation for those aspiring to work in research or want to play a leading role in health-related fields. 

The career opportunities upon completing the program are practically limitless.

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Career possibilities

  • Working in research
  • Education
  • Policy-making
  • Management
  • 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 Public Health Sciences automatically become members of Iðunn. 

Iðunn's Facebook page

University's social life

Contact us

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

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