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Public Health and Policies (DYPO)

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Subject – Purpose
Learning Outcomes
Admission Requirements
Academic Supervision Committee

Subject of the programme

According to the classic definition given by Edward Winslow in 1920, public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and efficiency through organized community efforts for the sanitation of the environment, control of community infections, education of individuals in principles of personal hygiene, organization of medical and nursing services for the early diagnosis and preventive treatment of disease, and the development of the social machinery to ensure to every individual in the community a standard of living adequate to maintain health.” The World Health Organization defines public health as “the art and science of preventing diseases, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts of society.” Public health concerns the health of the population as a whole, and the purpose of any society is to promote the health and well-being of its population. Today, public health faces challenges such as the impacts of economic crises, widening inequalities, an aging population, the rise of chronic diseases, migration and refugee crises, pandemics, and environmental and climatic changes. The subject of the Master’s program is the analysis of fundamental factors affecting population health, as well as policies aimed at disease prevention, protection, and promotion of population health. It investigates the effects of challenges threatening public health on a global scale, related to the contemporary epidemiological, biological, social, economic, and environmental characteristics of modern societies.

Programme Aim

The purpose of the program is to provide trainees with the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute to the effective addressing of issues related to public health and to promote the health and well-being of the population. The aim of the Master’s program is to equip trainees with knowledge and skills related to Public Health tools in order to effectively address the impacts on population health from environmental and climatic changes, population aging, violent population movements, the increase and intensification of poverty, and social exclusion. Additionally, the program aims to provide trainees with the necessary knowledge for the effective implementation of policies for prevention, management, and promotion of the population’s health.


ECTS Credits Programme of Studies

The total number of credits (ECTS) required for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma of Specialisation (M.Sc.) is 120 ECTS.

Characterization of the Postgraduate Program

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Classification according to the UNESCO ISCED-2011 code

Based on the level of study: 7

Classification according to the UNESCO ISCED-2013 code

Based on education sector:  0988 − Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving health and welfare

0413 Health administration

0913 Health care programmes

0913 Health care of old people

0913 Health care of the disabled

0915 Mental health services

0921 Care of elderly and of disabled adults

0922 Child care and youth services

0923 Social work and counselling

Language of instruction

The teaching language of the programme, as well as of the Master Thesis, is Greek.

Duration of study

The minimum duration of study is two (2) academic years, i.e. four (4) academic semesters.

Quality Policy

Quality Target 2025

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the concept and role of public health and the contemporary challenges it faces.
  • Comprehend and recognize how environmental and climatic changes impact population health.
  • Understand the role of prevention and health promotion.
  • Design and implement policies for promoting health and citizen well-being.
  • Understand the role of healthcare systems, particularly Primary Health Care (PHC), in improving population health.
  • Comprehend the role of interdisciplinary approaches in addressing population health issues.
  • Address the impacts of pandemics or other emergencies (e.g., natural disasters) threatening population health.
  • Understand the health issues of vulnerable social groups and contribute to their resolution.

The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines. The programme is offered in Greek.

The knowledge of a foreign language and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.


Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)


For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.

The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.

The MSc program in “Public Health and Policies” is structured into four (4) academic semesters, comprising thirteen (13) modules – five (5) compulsory and eight (8) elective ones – and a Master’s Dissertation (MD). The minimum duration of the program is four (4) academic semesters. The total number of required European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits for obtaining the Master’s Degree is 120 ECTS.



1st semester

    (30 ECTS)


Introduction to Public Health and Policies

(C¹, 10 ECTS)


Economics of Health Systems

(C, 10 ECTS)


Epidemiology and Public Health Statistics

(C, 10 ECTS)



2nd semester

    (30 ECTS)


Public Health promotion and prevention

(C, 10 ECTS)


Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in Primary Health Care

(E2, 10 ECTS)


Prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases and cancer in Primary Health Care

(E, 10 ECTS)


Community Nursing

(E, 10 ECTS)


Community Mental Health

(E, 10 ECTS)



3rd semester

    (30 ECTS)


Sociology of Health

(C, 10 ECTS)


Psycho-social approach of vulnerable populations

(E, 10 ECTS)


Public Health Law, Patients’ Rights and Bioethics

(E, 10 ECTS)


E-government and e-health

(E, 10 ECTS)


Health Crises Management

(E, 10 ECTS)





4th Semester

     (30 ECTS)


Master’s Thesis

(C, 30 ΕCTS)






120 ECTS



C¹: Compulsory

Ε²: Elective


Guidelines on Module selection

Students may choose a minimum of one (1) Module per semester and a maximum of three (3) Modules per semester.

The selection of Modules is made according to the following structure. For instance, in the first (1st) semester, if you wish to select one (1) Module, you must compulsorily choose DYPO50. If you desire to select two (2) Modules, you must declare DYPO50 and DYPO51. If you wish to select three (3) Modules, you should select DYPO50, DYPO51, and DYPO52.

In the second (2nd) and third (3rd) semesters, the compulsory Modules, namely DYPO60 and DYPO70, are selected as a priority, followed by the declaration of Elective Modules.

During the Modules declaration process, previous semester Modules must be chosen first, followed by the subsequent semester Modules.

The completion of the Master’s Dissertation (DYPODE) requires the successful completion of nine (9) Modules.

The oral defense of the Master’s Dissertation necessitates the successful completion of all Modules within the program.

The minimum duration of studies in the Master’s program is four (4) academic semesters. To successfully complete the Master’s within four (4) academic semesters, all required Modules provided per semester (30 ECTS) must be completed, along with the Master’s Dissertation (MD).

To obtain the Master’s Degree, the successful completion of nine (9) Modules is compulsory, along with the successful completion and presentation of the Master’s Dissertation.


Academic Supervision Committee:  

Chletsos Theologos – Michael, Professor of the University of Piraeus (President of the ASC)

Koukia Evmorfia, Professor of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Anthopoulos Charalampos, Professor of the Hellenic Open University

Diakaki Christina, Associate Professor of the Hellenic Open University

Dasaklis Thomas, Assistant Professor of the Hellenic Open University

Student tuition fees for the Postgraduate Programme: 300€ per Unit and 1.200€ the Master Thesis.

The total cost for those who completed the Postgraduate Programme is 3.900€.

Student Registration Department:

Tel.: +30 2610 367302 -E-mail: dypo@eap.gr

Students’ Service Office:

Tel.: +30 2610 367600 -E-mail: info@eap.gr

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