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2 years (4 semesters)

Credit points:

120 ECTS


Full-time studies

Teaching language:


Degree conferred:

Master’s degree of Health Science in Health Care (MSc)

Course places:



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Start dates:

February, for more see Academic Calendar

Application procedure:

To apply, click here .


Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare


The Public Health study programme has been designed to provide professional studies founded on a theoretical base of public health science. The programme aims to increase professionalism in public health care, to encourage the application of the latest scientific achievements to the solution of public health problems, and to promote unity in education and practical work.

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Aims & Structure

Aim of the programme

The aim of the programme is to provide students with knowledge and skills that would allow them to make evidence-based decisions; to establish various public health programmes and oversee their implementation and assessment.

The tasks of the programme are:

  • Increase the skills of public health specialists to think critically and creatively, to predict the future development of public health and public health services.

  • Ensure the acquisition of knowledge of modern trends in development in the public health fields of Europe and the world.

  • Increase the involvement of Latvia's public health specialists in developing and implementing various international projects.

  • Provide Master's programme graduates with the ability to compete in the local and European labour markets.

Course structure

In the 1st year students study 5 compulsory (Category A) courses - Public Health Theory, Research Methods, Epidemiology, Qualitative Research Methods and Statistics.

In the 2nd year students can choose several elective courses (Category B), e.g., Patient Rights, Professional Ethics, Business Protocol and Presentation Skills, Health Management, Health Promotion Policy, Psychosocial Problems in the Workplace etc. In the second half of the 2nd year, students have to write their Master's thesis, and defend it.

For more information on Latvian Education System, please see the homepage of the Academic Information Centre.


Below you can read examples of courses, which you will study over the course of your degree. 

Typical Year One
Compulsory courses
  • Public Health Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Epidemiology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Statistics
Typical Year Two
Compulsory coursesPlus five elective courses
  • Master's Thesis
  • Patient Rights
  • Professional Ethics
  • Business Protocol and Presentation Skills
  • Health Management
  • Health Promotion Policy
  • Psychosocial Problems in the Workplace


Upon graduation

Upon the successful completion of the two year programme, you will be conferred the degree of Master of Science in Health Care,* which will allow you to start work in your chosen field of public health, as well as continue your education in a PhD programme.

As a public health specialist you will be able to work in various health care organisations, as a health care methodologist, public health analyst, health promotion consultant, health promotion coordinator, or a environmental health analytic.

* Diploma is a document that attests that you have fulfilled all the requirements of the programme, and it is issued along with Diploma Supplement, which includes information on the content of your studies as well as your academic performance. You can see Diploma Supplement sample here.

Additional information on accreditation

There is no centralised EU accreditation for Universities in Europe. Universities, including Rīga Stradiņš University, are accredited locally by the Ministry of Education and Science with international experts present. RSU study programmes receive official accreditation every 6 years. In addition, all RSU study programmes in regulated professions, including Public Health, are developed according to EU directives on regulated professions.

Secondly, given that Latvia has been an EU member state since 2004, The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, usually referred to as the Lisbon Convention, applies also to Latvian universities, including RSU. Besides many others, the main point of the Lisbon Convention is as follows: holders of qualifications issued in one EU member state shall have adequate access to an assessment of these qualifications in another EU member state. 

In short, the Lisbon Convention, and the fact that RSU is an officially accredited state University, ensures that qualifications obtained at Rīga Stradiņš University are recognised in all EU and EEA member states. 

Entry criteria

1. Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences

Higher academic or professional education corresponding to at least 120-160 ECTS credit points (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), corresponding to a bachelor's degree either in Public Health, Health and Social Care, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Social Sciences, Nursing or Social Work.

Additional requirements:

  • Proof of at least one year of practical experience in the field of public health will be considered as advantage;
  • Letter of recommendation from a university professor from the first degree programme; or the previous or current employer will be considered as advantage;
  • Copies of publications in peer-reviewed journals will be considered as advantage;
  • Copies of certificates proving the attendance of courses and seminars in the field of public health, epidemiology and statistics will be considered as advantage.

2. English language requirements

All applicants, except native English speakers, must demonstrate their English language proficiency by submitting documents that testify their knowledge of English. Preferably you should submit one of the following certificates with a minimum score of:

GCSE (or GCE) C level
Cambridge First Certificate in English Level B2 (CEFR)

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

Level B2 (CEFR)

NB! International English proficiency certificates and corresponding test results are valid for 2 years.

If none of the above applies, you may submit a substitute certificate or other proof of English language proficiency; e.g., if you have studied English at Secondary School, the grade from the Secondary School Official Transcript may also be accepted, provided that the grade received is very good or excellent; however, in case of any doubts, RSU reserves the rights to ask for an official language certificate as listed above.

For additional information regarding the Public Health programme, please contact:

Dr. med., Prof. Anita Villeruša
Director of the study programme
Phone: +371 67338310 (UTC+3)
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rīga Stradiņš University, 16 Dzirciema Street, Rīga, LV-1007, Latvia, +371 67409261 (UTC +2),