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Title: Equity and Health
Keywords: Socio economic status
Country: Sweden
Institution: Sweden - Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University
Course coordinator: Lars Lindholm
Date start: 2023-09-13
Date end: 2023-09-27
About duration and dates: 2 weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Epidemiology and Global Health
Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine
Umeå University
ECTS credit points: 3.5 ECTS credits
93 SITs
Interactive lectures 34 SITs
Self-study hours 59
Language: English
At the end of the module the students should be able to:

•Analyze the relationship between contemporary normative statements in public health and health care, and the moral theories included in the course.(utilitarianism, Rawl’s theory of justice, communitarianism and feminism)

•Understand and explain their own positions taken in relation to the moral theories under study.

•Be aware of ethical aspects on inequity in health problems, as well as suggested solutions.

•Describe how the theories under study treat equality in different respects.
Assessment Procedures:
The course is examined through 1) active participation in mandatory individual and group-exercises, and 2) completing an individual home assignment.

Mandatory seminaries and group exercises can be awarded fail or pass, while individual exercises can be awarded fail, pass or pass with distinction.

The whole course is graded Fail, Pass or Pass with distinction. In order to be awarded Pass for the entire course, it is required that all examination parts must be passed. For being awarded Pass with distinction, all mandatory seminaries and group exercises must be graded pass, while all individual exercises and the home assignment must be graded Pass with distinction.

The ECTS Grading Table is used at Umeå University. This means that the ECTS grading scale (A-F) is not used to translate grades for comparison to grades issued from other higher education institutions. The student will receive a transcript of records from the study documentation system (Ladok) showing the distribution of awarded grades since the course was established and until the date when the student has completed the course. However, this grade distribution will not be shown for courses established less than two years before the date when a student completes the course. For more information, go to
Inequities in health have been given more and more attention, both in the national and global agendas. However, there are different opinions both regarding the definition of equity, and regarding which polices that are appropriate and justified to increase equity. Defenders’ of different stand-points usually try to find support in moral philosophy, i.e. theories which try to investigate how things “ought” to be arranged.

This course introduces the theories which so far have been most influential in health care and public health – utilitarianism, Rawl’s theory of justice, communitarianism and feminism. The course investigates how these theories in moral philosophy have influenced scientific disciplines of importance for research about health care and public health. Further is the relationship between moral philosophy and political decisions investigated. What kind of ethical arguments are used when priorities are made in health care?
Teaching methods are mixed; interactive lectures, seminars, group-discussions and home assignments. Seminars, group-discussions and home assignments are mandatory
For non-programme students applying as single-course students, the requirements are 120 ECTS, of which a minimum of 30 ECTS are within one of the following: health sciences, environmental health or social sciences.English proficiency equivalent to English A/5 from Swedish Upper secondary education. (IELTS (Academic) with minimum score 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL (Paper based with minimum score 530 and minimum TWE 4). TOEFL (Internet based with minimum score 72 and minimum Written 17))
The maximum number of students is 30. The tropEd students will be studying together with the students on our master programmes in public health who choose this course.

The maximum number of students above is for the total group.
Applicants in the master programmes in public health at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course In addition to those, students (among them tropEd students) applying for the course as a single subject course may be accepted until the maximum number of students (30) is reached. The selection process for these latter students is based on the number of ECTS credits that each applicant has. Students are ranked according to his/hers number of ECTS credits so that the student with the highest number is first selected and so on until the maximum number of students is reached
There are no application and tuition fees for students who are citizens of countries within the European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or of Switzerland.

Students who are not citizens of a country covered by the EEA agreement or of Switzerland at the time they apply for studies must pay an application fee of 900 SEK (≈ 90 EUR at an exchange rate of approx.10 SEK per euro) to the university.

Those who are admitted and start studying at the university must pay tuition fees. For this course the present tuition fee is 7420 SEK (≈742 EUR at the above exchange rate). For more information about this, see
There are no scholarships available at this time
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Berlin, Oct 2018. This accreditation is valid until Oct 2023.
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Date Of Record Creation: 2018-11-01 04:54:29 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2018-11-01 09:10:36 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-11-01 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2022-12-02 15:43:43 (W3C-DTF)

Fifteen years of the tropEd Masters in International Health programme: what has it delivered? Results of an alumni survey of masters students in international health

L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

1 Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3 Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite – Universit€atsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany