Course Catalog

18 ECTS credit points are necessary for the GHS PhD program. The following catalog lists suggestions for the different course categories. Upon request it is possible to choose other courses.


It is possible to choose and participate in courses not listed in the course catalogue.

Courses taken at other Swiss universities and abroad at acknowledged universities, can be recognised if they meet the criteria mentioned here: recognition of courses and conferences

PhD candidates and supervisors are very welcome to suggest topics for new courses to be added to the GHS course catalogue. For suggestions, please contact the Coordinator of the GHS: Dr. Tullia Padovani

NOTE FOR CAS COURSE CREDITS: If you intend to follow or you are already following CAS courses, please be aware that you can either use the courses for your PhD, as part of the mandatory 18 ECTS required by the GHS PhD program or acquire the CAS diploma.

The course credits cannot be used to acquire both certificates (PhD and CAS) at the same time.

Make sure to inform the CAS office if you want to use course credits for your PhD, at the time you enroll in the CAS.

In case of questions please contact the GHS office.

 Mandatory Requirements
 Additional Information  Term/Dates  ECTS  Offered by
 Basics of Ethics in Health Sciences Research Course information: Course flyer

Registration online: Basics of Ethics in Health Sciences Research - Universität Bern (

In case of limited capacity, priority will be given to students who are close to their defense.


May 11-12, 2023


 1.0  GHS
 GHS Symposium:
 Poster presentation / Oral Presentation

November 29 -  30, 2022
 1.0  GHS
Core Courses
Additional Information Term/Dates  ECTS  Offered by
Clinical Investigators I: Basic GCP and clinical research training (GCP I)  CTU Several dates in 2022 (check link)
 1.0 CTU (Clinical Trials Unit)
Clinical Investigators II: Advanced GCP and clinical research training (GCP II) CTU Several dates in 2022 (check link)
 0.5 CTU (Clinical Trials Unit)
Presenting with Confidence CTS/KSL 425946

max. 16 participants

Next course to be announced for 2022.

Register via KSL for waiting list.

 0.5 Claudia Winfield, David Levine
Core courses offered by SSPH+ (gebührenpflichtig / subject to charges) SSPH+ Several dates in 2023 (check link) SSPH+ (please see specific registration guidelines: :
Core courses offered by the Transferable Skills Program Transferable Skills Program Several dates in 2023 (check link) Transferable Skills Program
Keep on Writing! Keeponwriting-CourseFlyer2023_eng.pdf

CTS/KSL 481825

NB: Registration deadline prolonged: December 13, 2022

Starting January 27, 2023 (check link)   1.0
Lecturer: J. Barth
Scientific Communications for PhD Students CTS/KSL 420465

Limited to 12 participants

September 21 - November 9, 2022


 2.0 S. Longnus,  Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Inselspital
Scientific Writing Course Inselspital Starting October/November 2022 (program TBA)  2.0 Inselspital, contact: 
Systematic literature searching for health and biomedical scientists: clinical databases CTS/KSL 467116
Thursday, April 13th 2023, 09.15h - 15.00h
Uni Mittelstrasse, Room 220


Kristina Palmer, MS, LIS, Information Specialist, University of Bern Medical Library

 Research Approaches, Tools and Applications
 Additional Information  Term/Dates  ECTS  Offered by
Courses on methods and data analysis offered by SSPH+


The courses will be subject to charges from January 2023. 

Several dates in 2023 (check link) SSPH+
Courses on methods and data analysis offered by the Transferable Skills Program Transferable Skills Program Several dates in 2023 (check link) Transferable Skills Program
An introduction to EEG: Theory and applications in clinical and social neuroscience CTS/KSL 434879
whole days: 14.2./15.2./16.2/15.3./5.4./3.5./31.5.2023
 5.0 Dept. of Psychiatric Neurophysiology (L. Gianotti, T. König, M. Stein)
Experimental Psychology Lab: Introduction to Programming in MATLAB TBA TBA  5.0 Institute of Psychology (F.Wichmann)
Matlab for beginners
Kick-off meeting on Wednesday, 19 May at 10 am. The actual weekly
course is also scheduled on Wednesdays 10am-12am,
starting the 16 of June. Summer-break will be defined.
 3.5 Thomas König,
R Bootcamp
TBA for 2022

Science IT Support
 Statistics  Additional Information  Term/Dates  ECTS  Offered by
 Advanced statistic courses offered by SSPH+  SSPH+

The courses will be subject to charges from January 2023. 

 Several dates in 2023 (check link) SSPH+
 Essential Medical Statistics - Book Club ISPM Starting March 2023  2.0 or 3.0 (with exam) ISPM (information & registration: Melissa Nef, with Cc to Marcel Zwahlen
 Introduction to Epidemiology & Biostatistics Vetsuisse Bern, VPH Institute 2 Weeks, summer  4.0 Vetsuisse / GCB
Research Methods (quantitative and qualitative research methods) CTS/KSL  454874
Autumn Semester   5.0 Institute of Sport Science (J. Schmid, M. R. Zibung, N. J. Ronkeinen) 
Admission through ILIAS
 Active Participation at International Meetings  Additional Information  Term/Dates  ECTS  Offered by
 An abstract must have been accepted    Participation must be confirmed by the organizer
General rule for ECTS accreditation after fulfillment of all requirements.
1 ECTS is equivalent to 30 hours

0.5 for half day
1.0 ECTS for 1 day onwards
 Research Areas: Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Medical Education, Social Sciences  Additional Information  Term/Dates  ECTS  Offered by
 Epidemiology - Book Club ISPM Starting March 2023, program TBA 1.0 (without exam)
3.0 (with exam)
 ISPM. To register contact: Leonie Schreck (
 Swiss Epidemiology Winter School ISPM January 16-21, 2023 See program   ISPM Winter School (course Coordinator Stefanie Kurt)
 Module der Bewegungs- und Sporttherapie bei inneren Erkrankungen Inselspital

Teaching language: German

Various schedules See additional information Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Sport- und Bewegungsmedizin
Inselspital (Catherine Marchand)
 Colloquia, Seminar, Journal Clubs  Additional Information  Term/Dates  ECTS  Offered by
Scientific Journal Club in Psychiatry  CTS/KSL 474597 04.10, 01.11, 06.12.2022, 03.01, 07.02, 07.03. 2023
10.00h - 11.00h 
1.0  UPD (Leila Tarokh, Thomas König) 
Journal Club/Seminar: Landmark Papers in Epidemiology and Public Health ISPM October 2022 - June 2023 (check link)   1.0  ISPM (Coordinator Melissa Nef
Journal Club/Seminar: Epidemiology / Critical Appraisal CTU Starting in October 2023  1.5
 CTU (Registration:
 Research Area: Neuroscience  Additional Information  Term / Dates  ECTS  Offered by
Advanced functional neuroimaging analysis CTS/KSL  481665

Course description

January 16-17, 2023  1.0 UPD, PD Dr. Yosuke Morishima

Brain Dissection Course CTS / KSL 427507 no course planned for PhD students in 2021, due to limited capacity.
 1.0 Medical Studies (max 2-3 students, G. Herrmann)
Courses offered by Lémanic Neuroscience Doctoral School Lémanic Neuroscience Participation by request  various Lémanic Neuroscience
Central Nervous System
no course planned at the moment   M. Sc. Biomedical Sciences, Prof. Dr. med. Claudio Bassetti
Multimodal Non-invasive Brain Stimulation CTS / KSL 442410 no seminar planned at the moment 1.0
Sleep Science Winter School
SSWS TBA (check link)
  European Sleep Foundation
8th European Synapse Meeting ESM October 20-21, 2022 ESM Organizing Committee
Disease and repair in the CNS CTS/KSL 27340  Spring   1.5  MLS 
 Neurogenetics (together with the University of Fribourg)  CTS/KSL 25469 Fall   3.0  MLS 
 BENEFRI Program Neuroscience  Additional Information  Term/Dates  ECTS  Offered by
 Neurobiochemistry / Neurophysiology (exam) BENEFRI  Biannually: May and November  4.0  BENEFRI, contact:
 Neuroanatomy / Neurohistology / Neuroembryology (exam) BENEFRI  Biannually: May and November  4.0  BENEFRI, contact:
Workshop 2023 (theme TBA) BENEFRI TBA (January 2023)  TBA  BENEFRI, contact:
 Annual Meeting "Clinical Neurosciences Bern" - full day participation & 1st author presentation

Clinical Neuroscience Bern



 1.0 Clinical Neuroscience Bern
 Colloquia and Seminars  Additional Information  Term/Dates  ECTS  Offered by
 Journal Club UPD, at least 12 sessions  UPD
Tuesday, 17:15-18.15 (several dates in 2022)
 1.0  UPD Bern, Murtenstrasse 21, Hörsaal , 4. Stock
UPD Scientific Conference 2023 Registration in KSL: 482226 




Wednesday 16:30-17.15

Start: January 11, 2023
Finish: December 13, 2023
See additional information. 
 1.5  UPD Bern, Bolligenstrasse 111, Auditorium Wölfli
 Colloquium in Cell and Developmental Biology  CTS/KSL 25847, 25848 and 25849
 Spring 1.0 or 1.5 per module  MLS