The research projects of the doctoral students within the Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS) focus on the health of individuals and groups in their social contexts and physical environments and they address questions rooted in basic and clinical research and applied fields.
Expertise for the diverse projects is drawn and synthesized from diverse academic disciplines, from the humanities to medicine and the natural sciences. The extensive pool of academic experts and resources enables the GHS students to develop into highly qualified researchers or professionals ready to use their knowledge and skills in complex subjects in their chosen area.
Depending on the field of research the candidates are allocated to specific expert committees, which are involved in the admittance, guidance, and evaluation of the PhD candidates. The GHS currently has three expert committees. Expert Committee I covers competences in areas such as preventive and social medicine, public health, psychology or rehabilitation. Expert Committee II focuses on research fields in the cognitive neurosciences. Expert Committee III accompanies the research activities of clinically active candidates who are completing a PhD program in parallel to their work in the clinic.
The PhD program of the GHS consists of the doctoral thesis involving 3 to 4 years of research work carried out at one of the research units affiliated with the GHS and of an individually tailored training program of 18.0 ECTS credit points.
Two intermediate evaluations (1st Year Examination and 2nd Year Examination) evaluate the PhD candidate’s comprehension and competence as well as the progress in the research project.
Completion of the program entitles the candidate to bear the title «PhD in Health Sciences (Specialist Area), University of Bern».