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About the programme
Quota 1 2019: 8.4 (Standby: all admitted)   |   Quota 2 2019: 5.8  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September

Public health science is about ensuring and improving public health. You are trained not as a practitioner, but rather to work with public health in the broadest sense.


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Public health science builds on disciplines from the social sciences, the humanities and the natural sciences. You work with political, social and economic approaches to improving the health of populations and population groups.

Studying at the Department of Public Health Science

At Public Health Science, the teaching takes the form of lectures, practical exercises, work in study groups and independent study. As a public health science undergraduate, you will learn to analyse issues within healthcare and to process large volumes of public health data. You will also learn to communicate the results of surveys and studies and make them understandable for relevant target groups.

Theory, method and analysis

The public health science programme involves a lot of theory and method. You learn about theories of health behaviour, the political system and health sociology. Methodological courses such as statistics and qualitative method form a central part of the programme and are used, among other things, to analyse the average lifespans, growth rates and compositions of populations.

Career opportunities

With a BSc in public health science, you’re qualified to work with disease prevention in the public sector or as a consultant in a company in the healthcare or medico industry. You can also work in other fields, such as sociology, economics, politics or research.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22025

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

A qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University’s quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A

Programme structure

The BSc in public health science is a three-year, full-time degree programme. Here you can read more about the structure of the programme.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can find more detailed information about the individual subjects. You can also see the structure of the degree programme and read about the requirements you are required to meet as a student on the programme, including types of examinations and exam requirements.

In the degree programme diagram for the BSc programme in public health science, you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


Student life

Teaching at Public Health Science

At Public Health Science, courses consist of a mixture of lectures for your entire year group in a large lecture theatre and seminars which take place in smaller groups. The discussion classes offer a chance to discuss the academic syllabus, so these classes require a high level of active participation on your part. Public health science is a full-time degree programme. You have approximately 15-20 hours of instruction a week, on top of which comes your independent study. When you start the degree programme, you will assigned to a study group. You and your fellow students in the study group will give group presentations in connection with the discussion classes and do various assignments as a group.

Below is an example of a weekly plan for the second semester of the BSc programme in public health science.

8:00–11:00 Preparation
11:00–14:00 Lecture: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
14:00–16:00 Preparation

8:00–11:00 Classroom instruction: Health Sociology
11:00–13:00 Preparation
13:00–16:00 Lecture: Health and Illness 1

8:00–11:00 Group instruction: Health and Illness 1
11:00–13:00 Preparation
13:00–16:00 Lecture: Health Sociology

08:00–12:00 Work in study group
12:00–16:00 Preparation

09:00–12:00 Group instruction: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
12:00–15:00 Preparation

Social life

Students on the public health science programme are part of a large and lively community with a wide range of clubs and associations you can join.

The SIFFOS association

SIFFOS stands for ‘Unhealthy Interest in Public Health’ and organises all social events for public health science students, including some of the university’s best Friday bars. The association also organises many other events ranging from bingo to a couple of big parties every semester.

The academic committee

The SIFFOS academic committee concerns itself with the more serious side of the association. Among other things, the committee organises talks, study trips and debate nights.

The PHS spirit

The concept of the 'PHS spirit' refers to the fact that, as a public health science student, you are part of a larger community that shares everything from lecture notes to jugs of coffee. To reinforce the PHS spirit, social excursions for students from all year groups are organised  – for example skiing holidays and communal camps at various music festivals over the summer.

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A BSc in public health science will give you a broad understanding of the interplay between society, citizens and health. You will not be a health practitioner with direct patient contact. Rather you will acquire expertise and experience in the analysis, development and planning of projects aimed at improving the health of targeted population groups.

Focus on interdisciplinarity

The BSc in public health science is an interdisciplinary programme. While the main focus is on health and society, you also work with significant aspects of the humanities and natural sciences. The social sciences dimension of public health will provide you with an understanding of statistics, public administration, economics and politics. You will also work with ethics and culture, which will give you the cultural competences you need to work with public health in different cultures and social groups.

Job opportunities

A BSc in public health science qualifies you for admission to the Master’s degree programme in public health science. As a BSC or MSc graduate in public health science, you are qualified to pursue a career in a patient association, a hospital or a private consultancy firm.

Job responsibilities

As a public health science graduate you will be qualified to work on making the healthcare sector more efficient, or with helping to prioritise public health issues and problems. You might also work with analysing correlations between between societal conditions and health, or with initiating and heading health projects aimed at different population groups. You might also choose to pursue a research career or teach public health at a university.

Most frequent work tasks

Data is from 2014.