About us

For more than a half-century, Umeå University has been evolving as the premier destination of higher education in northern Sweden. Throughout our proud history, we have remained committed to providing a world-class teaching and research environment that is characterized by excellence, innovation, openness, and diversity.

  • Formally established in 1965
  • 34,000 enrolled students
  • 60 nationalities represented
  • 40 international degree programs
  • UID rated as best design school in the world
  • Over 900 exchange agreements
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Facts and figures

Did you know that Umeå University became Sweden's fifth university? It was achieved in great part to the marketing efforts of Gösta Skoglund, a local politician and member of the Swedish Parliament from 1940–1970.

  • Formally established in 1965
  • 33,979 enrolled students
  • Over 60 nationalities

The politicians had to choose between Härnösand and Umeå. They decided on Umeå in 1963, changing the course of the city's history.

In 1956 it was the dental school that led the way to higher education in Umeå. In 1958, Umeå launched a teaching hospital. And in 1963, the decision was made to establish a university in Umeå, and Umeå University was inaugurated on the 17th of September 1965, by the then king, Gustav VI Adolf.

During 1965 there were only about 2,000 students. Today the total of students - including those at the postgraduate level - is approximately 32,000. Many of these students are taking courses via distance education, or online learning. Additionally, there are 2,113 teachers and researchers employed by the university.

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Vision and strategies

Umeå University's vision is to hold a strong international position as one of Sweden's leading universities, and that the University will have developed interaction between research, education, collaboration and innovation that challenges boundaries and plays a crucial role in the regional development.

Students and staff will have unique opportunities for professional and personal development, whilst simultaneously providing society with new knowledge, and creative people, both locally and globally.

Programs taught in:
English

This school also offers:

Master

Umeå University Faculty of Medicine

Since 1991, this program has attracted students from more than 70 different countries in Asia, Africa, Europe (including Sweden) and North and South America. This global ... [+]

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Since 1991, this program has attracted students from more than 70 different countries in Asia, Africa, Europe (including Sweden) and North and South America. This global recruitment has become an important influence on our teaching and research, with Swedish and international public health professionals learning from one another.

While studying

Studying on the program means an active search for knowledge, problem-solving and critical analyses based on a scientific approach. The working methods vary between individual study work, group work, seminars, and lectures. In the evaluations we have done, students have expressed great satisfaction with the cooperation between students from a different educational and cultural background.... [-]

Sweden Umeå
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Umeå University Faculty of Medicine

Since 1991, the program has attracted students from more than 70 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe (including Sweden) and North and South America. This global recruitment ... [+]

About

Since 1991, the program has attracted students from more than 70 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe (including Sweden) and North and South America. This global recruitment has become an important influence on our teaching and research, with Swedish and international public health professionals learning from one another.

While studying

The 60 credits (one-year program) is relatively new. It builds on the two-year program for which the first year courses are the same as in the one-year program.

There are a number of scholarships available for non-European students.

The Master's Program in Public Health includes a number of courses on global health conditions, on health systems analysis, on the relations between social conditions and health and on the methods that you need to carry out public health work. The program provides public health practitioners and researchers with the skills required to understand, and ultimately help improve and maintain the health status of the population.... [-]

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September 2019
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Umeå University Faculty of Medicine

Health economists analyze resource use, health consequences and how to best use resources to maximize health gains. Until recently, most health economists have focused on ... [+]

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Health economists analyze resource use, health consequences and how to best use resources to maximize health gains. Until recently, most health economists have focused on healthcare delivery, but the need for health economic competence within public health practice and policy has become apparent.

While studying Study one or two years

In the first year, students take courses in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, qualitative methods, health systems analysis and social pathways in public health, as well as one course in health economic evaluation methods.

Degree of Master of Science, 60 credits

After this first year, those who wish will be awarded the Degree of Master of Science (60 credits), Main Field of Study: Public Health. During the second year, students take another three courses in health economics and a number of elective courses either at our department or at Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics, including a thesis course.... [-]

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September 2019
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Umeå University Faculty of Medicine

Are you interested in scientific research? Do you want to learn more about diseases and understand why some people get sick and others don’t? In that case, we recommend t ... [+]

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Are you interested in scientific research? Do you want to learn more about diseases and understand why some people get sick and others don’t? In that case, we recommend that you join the Master in Biomedicine program at Umeå University. The Master programme in Biomedicine will give you excellent knowledge and skills to use advanced scientific methods and will prepare you for PhD studies or the basis for a job in pharmaceutical companies, with authorities or in the health care system.

While studying

The first semester is opened with a course in Advanced Biomedicine. The course is composed of four Areas of Excellence at Umeå University: infections, cancer, metabolic diseases and the neurological system. In this course, you will also be trained in bioinformatics, biostatistics, the theory of knowledge and ethics.... [-]

Sweden Umeå
September 2019
English
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2 years
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Umeå University Faculty of Medicine

The Master's Program in Public Health includes a number of courses on global health conditions, on health systems analysis, on the relations between social conditions and ... [+]

About

The Master's Program in Public Health includes a number of courses on global health conditions, on health systems analysis, on the relations between social conditions and health and on the methods that you need to carry out public health work. The program provides public health practitioners and researchers with the skills required to understand, and ultimately help improve and maintain the health status of the population.

By nature, Public Health is multidisciplinary, drawing on social sciences and medicine, using qualitative and quantitative methods to identify and assess specific health risks before designing and implementing effective public health strategies. Traditionally drawing on the fields of microbiology, entomology, parasitology and the management and control of infectious diseases, in today's globalized world we are increasingly facing new public health challenges involving causation and prevention of chronic diseases.... [-]

Sweden Umeå
September 2019
English
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1 year
Campus
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Umeå University Faculty of Medicine

All over the world, in both high-income countries as well as low-income countries, there is a tremendous need for expertise in health economics. Health economists study a ... [+]

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All over the world, in both high-income countries as well as low-income countries, there is a tremendous need for expertise in health economics. Health economists study and analyze not only how resources are used and how this affects health, but also how resources should be used so as to ensure maximum health benefits. So far, most health economists have worked with healthcare systems, but the need for expertise in health economics is increasing in public health workers and public health policies.

Expertise in health economics is also valuable with organizational and system changes, or with analyses of health and medical care systems.

In order to be able to work with these issues, knowledge of theories and methods both within health economics and within public health is needed – how one studies the health of the population and its developments. Those fulfilling the entry requirements to apply are those with basic public health from Umeå University or from another university/higher education institution.... [-]

Sweden Umeå
September 2019
English
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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