Do you have an intrinsic sense of justice? Are you eager to improve the wellbeing of the global population? Do you want to make a significant impact? Are you an open-minded human being?
If you´re answering this questions with yes, why not considering studying Public Health at Lund University?
Bachelor finished, travelled around the world and maybe gained some work experience and now you are in the situation whether to continue your academic career by pursuing a Master´s degree.
Maybe Lund University is on your list because you know: It´s Lund University, one of the best universities world-wide.
However the choice is one of the major challenges you´ll be confronted with. From over 100 offered Master programmes, it´s no wonder that you are struggling with the question:
Which one to choose?
Therefore here are some firsthand experiences from a student who just commenced the Public Health programme a few months ago:
#1 You will learn a lot about what keeps people healthy.
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity – these are only a few of the vast amount of new wordings you will hear throughout the programme. Coming from a non-medical background, I had only few experiences with the subject of Public Health and so far, I have learned a lot.
You will get knowledge on what impacts human health from a global perspective – and this is by far more than doing regularly sport and eating healthy.
#2 Team work is going to be your new hobby. Or not.
Are you a lone wolf and prefer to work alone? Well, that´s not working in Public Health.
Be prepared to be engaged with a lot of group work. Public Health is an interdisciplinary field combining subjects like sociology, economics or natural sciences. Therefore, it is all about working together on finding solutions on how to improve the health of the population. Even if you´re not always sharing the same opinion with your classmates.
But that´s what the programme wants to prepare you for:
The real world.
#3 Your teachers will become your new best friends.
As part of the Swedish academic system, there is no hierarchy between students and lecturers.
How does this look like in practice?
Instead of calling your lecturers “Professor…” , you say for example “Martin, could you please repeat that?” Intellectual exchange and discussions happen on the same level, which is why most of the time you talk to your lecturers as if they were your classmates or even friends.
This doesn´t reduce the quality of learning in any way.
In my experience I feel both valued in my opinions and more open to share my ideas and knowledge, when talking to the lecturers on the same level.
And this programme is consisting of teachers with a lot of expertise.
You are in Sweden. This is self-explanatory.
#5 You will be encouraged to open your mouth.
As an introvert, I am used to be more the observer in class and to receive information, rather than actively contribute something in class, which is why at the beginning I was very hesitant in terms of active participation – especially if you´re surrounded by highly intellectual individuals.
However in a relative small class-environment with reassuring lecturers and tolerant classmates, you are encouraged to actively participate in class. Which is much valued regarding the high number of in-class discussions.
#6 You will hear comments like “In India Fika means tasteless.”
By far one of the most valuable aspects of the programme is the diverse nature of the class. Your class will represent the globe, with origins ranging from the USA, Kenya, Indonesia, France to Argentina.
Not only brings everyone their own expertise of Public Health and academic background, but you will also learn a lot about different cultures and to respect each other – which is important in an increasingly globalizing world.
#7 You will be based in a world-class facility in Malmö.
Unlike most of the Master programmes at Lund University, the Public Health programme is based at the Clinical Research Centre in Malmö, which is the 3rd largest city of Sweden. It´s a modern campus, with a lot of open spaces to learn and have Fika.
So, if you ever consider studying Public Health at Lund University, you will call “CRC” your 2nd home. Or 1st home – depending on how much time you want to spend there.
#8 You will be challenged.
Brace yourself: It´s going to be intense. But for a good reason. So far, I feel more confident in expressing my own thinking.
Don´t expect to simply memorize the content and put everything on paper in one exam – just no. The programme puts a lot of value that you critically reflect on what you are learning.
Enhanced by a variety of innovative teaching methods (e.g team-based learning, peer-feedbacks, etc.) and questions like “Could you share some of your reflections on that?”, you progressively understand the Public Health world and develop your own ideas and knowledge.
Because Public Health is about improving the human wellbeing in a constantly changing world.
That´s why you need to be prepared to fulfill this task.
So, if this firsthand experience convinced you of becoming the next Public Health professional: What are you waiting for? Apply for the Master´s programme in Public Health at Lund University!
It´s totally worth it.
To conclude this blog post with the words of wise Mahatma Gandhi:
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
If you have further questions about what it´s like to be a Public Health student at Lund University, feel free to contact the MPH Student Ambassadors!