You have, maybe, read my posts from last year with some advice to prepare your application to Swedish Universities (part 1 and part 2). This is, again, that time of the year and I think I can provide you a different point of view to complement those posts.
I am almost finishing my courses, not including thesis, and now I have a better overview of the program and its courses. Let’s try to put it short and clear. I am talking about Master in Public Health sciences, Health Economy, Policy and Management track.
If I need to choose the topic with most emphasis among health economy, policy and management I would select the first. We have three courses directly dealing with health economy and one of outcomes related with economy. You do not need to be expert in excel or in micro economy but it is really helpful to have some skills. Most of my classmates looked for thesis on Health Economy, maybe because is a really wide field and because you could have better job opportunities
Other focus are is health care: you see several courses where the main field of action is that setting, being Management the one really focused on that. If you are thinking you will get general management tools for higher levels (Ministry, for instance) you will be disappointed. If you want to get general overview of Management theories and some about accounting you should look them in other place, maybe an MBA. If you are interested in management of health care this will help you a lot.
Regarding Policy, we had two courses and they were the ones I loved the most. It could be from very conceptual and theoretical to a much applied and translational study. It is the field where you can use most qualitative analysis although management is also using a lot that type of research designs.
Health Policy was my nearest contact with real problems I am interested in. The next is health economy and the last is management but this is really subjective because it was based in my preferences
In all courses you could have the chance to meet people researching in real projects and ask them about the real research life. Some of that people have very high level contacts (WHO, ministries all over the world) and some other have contact in more specific and local levels. Each one of those approaches has its advantages and challenges.
For me, the most important thing of studying at KI is that you find in the corridors, classrooms, lecture halls and meeting rooms, people working in very hot topics in health. If you want to meet people facing Ebola outbreak you can find them here. If you are looking for information on tackling antibiotic resistance, you can start from here and you can have contact with the people in the field. KI is not the only place to get those opportunities but, definitely, is one of the most important.
I wish you have wisdom to select you options and your priorities in your application.