PhD Program

  • The research projects of our PhD students focus on the health of individuals and groups in their social contexts and physical environments and they address questions rooted in both basic 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. Depending on the field of research the candidates are allocated to specific expert committees such as epidemiology, social medicine and psychology (Expert Committee I) and neuroscience (Expert Committee II).
  • Thanks to an extensive pool of academic experts and resources, the GHS students develop into highly qualified researchers or professionals, ready to bring their knowledge and skills to bear on complex issues in their chosen field.
  • The PhD program of the Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS) consists of the PhD 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 points.
  • Credit points are collected from mandatory courses, core courses, method skills and special knowledge and are selected individually, based on qualifications and relevance to the research interests: GHS Course Catalog (PDF, 94KB).
  • Progress in the PhD program and the research project is documented in the annual Progress Report (DOCX, 146KB).
  • 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».

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