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The Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS) offers research-oriented curricula on psychological and physiological factors that determine the health of individuals and groups in their social contexts and physical environments. The GHS is an interdisciplinary program jointly organized by the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Human Sciences, and the Vetsuisse Faculty and offers research PhD programs, addressing questions rooted in both basic research and applied fields. 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 assigned to one of the three Expert Committees (FK) with the following fields of expertise:

  • Individual Factors, Public Health and Methodologies for Health Sciences Research
  • Neurosciences
  • Clinical Sciences: clinical career & patient-oriented research (50:50 model)

News and events

Summer Closure

The Graduate School for Health Sciences will be closed from July 8, 2024 - July 21, 2024.

If you plan to defend your thesis during the summer closure of the GHS, please ask the GHS Office if this is possible.
In case you plan to defend your thesis in August or September 2024, the deadline for submitting the application documents as well as the assessments from the thesis advisor and co-referee is 8-9 weeks prior to the defense date. This is due to the summer closure of the GHS and the availability of the deans during the summer. Please inform the GHS Office at info@unibe.ch as soon as you know your defense date, and we will get back to you with the exact deadline.

We wish you all a nice summer time.
The GHS Team


Solidarity with Ukraine

Support measures for scientists from Ukraine
The Graduate School for Health Sciences as part of the University of Bern stands in solidarity with Ukraine and its universities and its scientists.
We support the statement by swissuniversities, the appeal of The Guild and statements made by its partner institutions and networks on the solidarity of all democratic states with Ukraine. Please find below useful links regarding funding and research opportunities:

General Information from the University:

For researches from the Ukraine and group leaders wanting to offer positions for Ukrainian scientists, possibilities for funding can be found at the Swiss National Science Foundation:
1) https://www.snf.ch/en/WpOfVoVBYdBid6By/
2) Scienceforukraine.eu
3) https://www.bfh.ch/en/news/ukraine/

For support, donations and helping a good source is the Swiss Ukrainian Society

Your GHS Team

Award Best Dr. med. Thesis

At the Diplomfeier 2024 two of our students received the Award of the best Dr. med. Thesis. Congratulations to Carl Starvaggi (center) and Fabio Ryser (right) for this achievement!


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