Course code: MKVN09
Swedish title: Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap: Medier, hälsa och samhälle
Credits: 15

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below is about autumn semester 2024. The course was also given earlier. Choose semester above for more information!

Study period: autumn semester 2024
Type of studies: full time , day
Study period: 2024-09-02 – 2024-10-31
Language of instruction: English


What can we learn from watching Dr House? Why are there so many headlines on dieting in the tabloids? This course investigates how media represents health risks and medical conditions, and the consequences thereof.

Obesity, mental disorders, malaria, flu, diets, STDs, traffic accidents, and death; this is but a short list of different health related issues presented in the media. Our responses to illness, health care and health related behavior are by and large deeply influenced by the media and its representations. The media provides strategic tools for health politicians, health professionals, and other opinion makers, including health consumers and various patient groups. The media is often the only source through which the public gains information about scientific discoveries and it is consistently ranked by the public as the number one source of nutrition and food information.

This course brings together Media and Communication Studies with Sociology of Health and Illness. The purpose of the course is to critically explore the mediation and the mediatization of health in order to better understand the role media plays in people’s comprehension of health, their own health development, and in social change processes.

The course offer students great opportunity for individual specialization theoretically, methodologically, as well as in relation to different health topics.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

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