Bachelor programme in Public Health Science with an emphasis on community planning

180 ECTS credits (start autumn-11)

Overview

Profile - General Content


The aim of the degree programme is for the student to acquire the knowledge and skills required to develop the professional expertise necessary to independently plan, organise and lead public health work on the local and regional level and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public health work on the national level in Sweden. The student will also acquire knowledge of public health work in other countries. The programme will bring to the fore the opportunities to promote health and good environment for present and future generations through good community planning where consideration is given to modern-day society, applied IT and innovation for sustainable growth.

The degree programme creates a good foundation for, among other things, working on a professional level with theoretical and practical public health work in conjunction with community planning.

The degree programme within the main field of study Public Health Science mainly comprises basic public health science, public health work, epidemiology and methodology. The degree programme is interdisciplinary and can also include courses within care, social sciences and technology. During the third year the student is given the opportunity to develop an individual profile by taking elective courses relevant to the programme at both Blekinge Institute of Technology and at another college or university in Sweden or abroad. In addition, there is on-site training, which together with the degree dissertation provides the opportunity to profile the student's knowledge and expertise even further founded on a specialised interest and chosen professional base.

These studies are characterised by a scientific approach in which the student, both independently and in groups, acquires knowledge and skills based on science and established practice. The programme forms the basis for advancement within the main field of study to the second cycle level.
One higher education credit is equal to one credit in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Qualification Awarded


The programme leads to a first cycle degree with the title
Degree of Bachelor of Science.
Main field of study: Public Health Science.
Specialisation: Community Planning.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, No compulsory meetings, full-time

Location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

The teaching language is Swedish. However, the teaching could be carried out in English.

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Public Health Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

30

Admission

Prerequisites


Admission to the programme requires not only basic qualification for higher education but also mathematics B and civics A from high school with a minimum of a Pass grade.
For details of admission to other individual courses, see programme information and course syllabuses

Read more about general admission requirements.

Admission Criteria


A selection process for a programme is implemented when it is not possible to offer all qualified applicants in a place. This is done for programmes with the aid of different merit ratings/comparison figures depending on the type of programme for which an application has been made and the background of the applicant. Applicants can belong to several selection groups at the same time and thus take part in the selection process within each group.

Selection based on grades:

BG - a comparison figure on a 20-point scale
The final grades from high school programmes, leaving grades from a high school program, adult education college, grades for programs taken abroad and grades transcripts.

BF - Assessment
An adult education college certificate of general/basic qualification and a study assessment. The allocation of places between the two grades groups is made in proportion to the number of applicants in each group.

SA - late applications
This selection group is intended for late applications. Applicants who submit late application are placed in this selection group and are allocated a merit rating based on the date of receipt of the application.

Sample selection:

HEC - National university aptitude test
In the national university aptitude test all qualified applicants with a valid national university aptitude test result are included. The minimum pass result for participation in the sample selection is 0.1 credits.

Other applicants:

Applicants who satisfy the qualification requirements but lack a merit rating can only be admitted on condition that all persons in the above groups have been offered a place.

DA - Direct admission can take place in special cases following individual review.


Allocation of places:

In conjunction with admission to a programme, 67% of the places are allocated based on grades and 33% in a sample selection. Applicants who satisfy requirements for both the selection groups must be included in both.

Qualified applicants with the same merits:

If two or more applicants for an application alternative on the first cycle or second cycle level have the same merit rating, priority is given to the underrepresented gender. Thereafter the places are allocated through the drawing of lots.

For complete information about the selection process see BTH's admission regulations.

Admission Procedure

Read about the admission procedure.

Recognition of prior studies and studies abroad

Student who has been admitted to the programme and has earlier completed a course that corresponds to a course within the programme, can apply for recognition of prior studies. If possible, the student will be offered admission to an alternative course. Studies abroad within the programme can normally be partly or fully recognised. In these cases a decision is made via the Learning Agreement, prior the study period.

Read more about studying abroad.

Practical Information

Practical information is found under 'Prospective students'.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, No compulsory meetings, full-time

Location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

The teaching language is Swedish. However, the teaching could be carried out in English.

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Public Health Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

30

Learning Outcomes

Profile - General Content


The aim of the degree programme is for the student to acquire the knowledge and skills required to develop the professional expertise necessary to independently plan, organise and lead public health work on the local and regional level and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public health work on the national level in Sweden. The student will also acquire knowledge of public health work in other countries. The programme will bring to the fore the opportunities to promote health and good environment for present and future generations through good community planning where consideration is given to modern-day society, applied IT and innovation for sustainable growth.

The degree programme creates a good foundation for, among other things, working on a professional level with theoretical and practical public health work in conjunction with community planning.

The degree programme within the main field of study Public Health Science mainly comprises basic public health science, public health work, epidemiology and methodology. The degree programme is interdisciplinary and can also include courses within care, social sciences and technology. During the third year the student is given the opportunity to develop an individual profile by taking elective courses relevant to the programme at both Blekinge Institute of Technology and at another college or university in Sweden or abroad. In addition, there is on-site training, which together with the degree dissertation provides the opportunity to profile the student's knowledge and expertise even further founded on a specialised interest and chosen professional base.

These studies are characterised by a scientific approach in which the student, both independently and in groups, acquires knowledge and skills based on science and established practice. The programme forms the basis for advancement within the main field of study to the second cycle level.
One higher education credit is equal to one credit in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Learning outcomes


In addition to the objectives which are governed nationally and which are listed under point 8, the following objectives apply to the degree programme.

Knowledge and understanding
Following completion of the course the student shall be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public health and public health work both nationally and internationally
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the interaction between health development and public health work in relation to applied IT, sustainable growth and innovation and other scientific disciplines where the significance of adopting a holistic perspective is emphasised in community planning
- demonstrate knowledge of different scientific methods and ethical grounds in order to be able to follow and participate in research and development within public health and community planning

Skills and capabilities
Following completion of the programme the student shall be able to:
- demonstrate the skill and capacity required to independently take part in and develop public health work aimed at sustainable growth in the community with the aim of promoting health
- demonstrate the skill and capacity required to work with planning, implementation and evaluation of public health measures on the community level, both locally and regionally
- provide evidence of capacity and skill in applying information and communication technology in the student's learning which will prepare the student for a future professional career.

Evaluation capacity and approach
Following completion of the programme the student shall:
- have developed a capacity to independently retrieve, appraise, evaluate and use evidence-based information, and other information, as an integral part of effective learning, both on an academic level and in working life
- Demonstrate an insight into the various conditions facing people and groups and the significance thereof to public health and public health work

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, No compulsory meetings, full-time

Location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

The teaching language is Swedish. However, the teaching could be carried out in English.

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Public Health Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

30

Structure

Mode of delivery


The programme can be run through co-operation between Blekinge Institute of Technology and another college/university, the arrangement of which is governed by an agreement. The programme is equivalent to 3 years of full-time study. Courses run at Blekinge Institute of Technology can be taken online or can be campus-based with teaching partly online during terms 1-5. Courses that are included in the programme and which are run in co-operation with another college/university during terms 1-5 are pursued mainly online. Term 6 contains on-site training and is otherwise pursued mainly online by all students.

The courses during terms 1-4 and 6 are compulsory. In consultation with the programme director, the student can during term 5 take optional appropriate courses - other than those run at the School of Health Science - at Blekinge Institute of Technology or at another college or university in Sweden or abroad.

The on-site programme during term 6 takes place at companies, county councils, municipal authorities or other national/international organisations. In consultation with the course director the student applies for a place in Sweden or in another country based on the student's field of interest.

The programme comprises a total of 135 HEC Public Health Science (including independent work amounting to 15 HEC), 7.5 HEC Political Science, 7.5 HEC Sociology, 7.5 HEC Psychology, 7.5 HEC Statistics, 7.5 HEC Economics and 7.5 HEC Spatial Planning.

The programme objectives are achieved through the courses which are included in the degree. Assessment and examination take place on the course level and information concerning examination and grading can be found under each course syllabus. As the courses progress, each course is evaluated and the course evaluations form the basis for future development.

NOTE! It is the start term of the course that is stated below. See each course to find out the actual length of the course.
 

Courses autumn semester 2011

Compulsory courses

Public Health Basic course: Community, Environment and Health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire basic knowledge of concepts within health and public health, health determination factors, players, arenas, governing documents, national and international objectives and the significance to the health of the population and to sustainable community planning.

Read all information about the course 'Public Health Basic course: Community, Environment and Health' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Theory of Science and Information Retrieval, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire basic knowledge in scientific theory and be able to apply information retrieval in order to examine public health science research areas from a national and international perspective.

Read all information about the course 'Theory of Science and Information Retrieval' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Development of Public Health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire basic knowledge and to develop an understanding of how public health from a community point of view has changed from an etiological, geographical and socio-economic perspective.

Read all information about the course 'Development of Public Health' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Lifestyle and health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire basic knowledge of biological, psychological and social factors as well as the significance of the environment and lifestyle to health from a national and international perspective.

Read all information about the course 'Lifestyle and health' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses spring semester 2012

Compulsory courses

Political Science and Community Planning, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of the political system and the role of public administration in community planning.

Read all information about the course 'Political Science and Community Planning' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Public Health, age and sex, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge and understanding of the determining factors behind health status and the division of health from an age and gender perspective.

Read all information about the course 'Public Health, age and sex' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Basic research methodology, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire basic knowledge of research methodology and study design. A further aim is for the student to acquire basic knowledge of epidemiological concepts and principles in order to examine and analyse quantitative and qualitative methods as well as the fundamentals of research ethics.

Read all information about the course 'Basic research methodology' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Policies in Health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of concepts and organisational issues within public health policy and to be able to identify factors which impact on health policy processes from a national and international perspective.

Read all information about the course 'Policies in Health' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses autumn semester 2012

Compulsory courses

Health promotion, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to develop an understanding of and capacity to apply a health and health-promoting approach as a starting point for public health work.

Read all information about the course 'Health promotion' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Work and Health seen from a Sociological Perspective, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The course Work and Health seen from a sociological perspective intends to that the student acquires knowledge and understanding for one of the central fields of the working sociology such as value changes in the society, interhuman and organic processes of change, group processes in the work and healthy working life. The course also intends to that the student acquires knowledge of the relation between man, work, health and society.

Read all information about the course 'Work and Health seen from a Sociological Perspective' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Work and Health seen from a Psychological Perspective, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is to give basic theoretical knowledge within psychological perspectives with an emphasis on individual and working environment.

Read all information about the course 'Work and Health seen from a Psychological Perspective' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Diversity and Health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of and develop an understanding of differences regarding biological, cultural, ethnic and social conditions and the significance of these differences to public health and community planning.

Read all information about the course 'Diversity and Health' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses spring semester 2013

Compulsory courses

Accessibility, equality, supportive environments, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of and develop an insight into community initiatives aimed at creating supportive environments that improve accessibility to the range of services available within the community with the ultimate aim of promoting an equal society.

Read all information about the course 'Accessibility, equality, supportive environments' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Statistics for public health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
In this course students will acquire basic understanding of probability theory and statistical methods, and how to apply them to simple problems within public-health science.

Read all information about the course 'Statistics for public health' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Health promotion in practice, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of the organisation of public health work and public health work from a local, national and international perspective and to also develop an understanding of the implementation and evaluation of public health work.

Read all information about the course 'Health promotion in practice' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses autumn semester 2013

Compulsory courses

Environment, spatial planning and health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The purpose is for the student to acquire knowledge and to be able to demonstrate an insight of the importance of the environment and spatial planning for health and well-being in the built environment.

Read all information about the course 'Environment, spatial planning and health' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Sustainable development and health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of sustainable development and to increase his/her understanding of the relationship between sustainable development and public health from a local, national and international perspective.

Read all information about the course 'Sustainable development and health' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Threats and Risks in a Modern Community, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge of threats and risks to public health in a modern community.

Read all information about the course 'Threats and Risks in a Modern Community' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses spring semester 2014

Compulsory courses

Applied Public Health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge of control, implementation and evaluation of public health work within community organisations and authorities and to increase understanding of how theoretical knowledge can be put into practice.

Read all information about the course 'Applied Public Health' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Intermediate course in research methodology, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge of scientific methods, a scientific approach and evidence-based knowledge in public health work.

Read all information about the course 'Intermediate course in research methodology' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Bachelor's Thesis in Public Health, 15 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to apply and deepen existing knowledge in a bachelor's thesis within public health science.

Read all information about the course 'Bachelor's Thesis in Public Health' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Written Work


The programme is concluded with a dissertation equivalent to 15 HEC.

International element


The courses during terms 1-4 and 6 are compulsory. In consultation with the programme director, the student can during term 5 take optional appropriate courses - other than those run at the School of Health Science - at Blekinge Institute of Technology or at another college or university in Sweden or abroad.

The on-site programme during term 6 takes place at companies, county councils, municipal authorities or other national/international organisations. In consultation with the course director the student applies for a place in Sweden or in another country based on the student's field of interest.

Studies abroad can either be pursued at one of our partner universities or at another suitable university.

Read about study abroad

Job Profiles


The programme is designed to support your personal development to prepare for work which promotes the health of the population and creates good conditions for working on a theoretical and practical level with public health in conjunction with community planning. A growing need for expertise with this specialisation has been noted in the public sector; municipal authorities, county councils, county administration boards, regions and authorities but also within the private service sector, at consulting companies as well as other national and international organisations.

Further Studies


Following the programme you can move on to the second cycle level within the main field of study or closely related areas.

Programme Advisory Board

The purpose of a small programme committee is, in co-operation with (mainly local) representatives from different areas and students to jointly reflect on the programmes, their quality and their relevance. Provision of advice prior to strategic decisions.
Participants: Programme co-ordinator, representatives from the main fields of study, a teaching representative, a student representative, a past student, representative(s) from the labour market/supervisors for students in the field or equivalent.
Work specification:
Meet at least once each term. Discuss course and programme evaluations, plan possible improvement measures and assure the usability of the programme. Takes place both at the operative representatives and at the School of Health Science.
Contact person: Lena Kransberg

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, No compulsory meetings, full-time

Location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

The teaching language is Swedish. However, the teaching could be carried out in English.

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Public Health Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

30

Examination

Qualification Awarded


The programme leads to a first cycle degree with the title
Degree of Bachelor of Science.
Main field of study: Public Health Science.
Specialisation: Community Planning.

Assessment and grading


The degree programme objectives are achieved through the courses which form part of the degree. Assessment and examination take place on the course level and information regarding examination and grading can be found under each course syllabus.

Programme Evaluations

During the course of the programme, each course is evaluated and the course evaluations form the basis for future development. The programme as a whole is evaluated during the final course.

Alumni

At BTH we have a network for our alumni. If you want to know how it´s like to be a student at BTH, you may send an e-mail to alumni@bth.se.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

Distance learning, No compulsory meetings, full-time

Location

Teaching and examinations are held at distance.

Language of instruction

The teaching language is Swedish. However, the teaching could be carried out in English.

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Public Health Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

30

 

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