The SSPH+ PhD Program in Public Health
The SSPH+ PhD Program in Public Health is mainly a training- and networking program of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+). The School is a joint initiative of seven Swiss Universities (Basel , Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano, Neuchâtel, Zurich). The PhD program aims to provide students in the field of Public Health the best possible preparation for their role as public health scientists and experts. The SSPH+ PhD Program Public Health is managed and coordinated by Professor Charlotte Braun-Fahrländer and Dr. Sina Henrichs at the Swiss Tropical- and Public Health Institute.
What Do We Offer?
The SSPH+ PhD Program organizes national doctoral courses comprising basic skills in Public Health research, advanced methods courses, and thematic workshops with networking opportunities. Courses are taught by national and international experts and aim to provide high level education for PhD students. Click here for Course List.
The SSPH+ PhD Program supports mobility and fosters the individual education of PhD students. Funding opportunities for external course visits in Switzerland or abroad are offered to PhD Students enrolled with the PhD Program. Click here for External Funding Information .
The doctoral students profit from a structured learning experience. A portfolio guides both, students and supervisor, with regard to skills and competences that needs to be achieved. Progress and future goals are regularly assessed and reflected. Click here for Assessment Information.
PhD Students who successfully participate the SSPH+ PhD Program will receive the Final Certificate of the SSPH+ PhD Program in Public Health.
Who Can Enroll?
The student needs to be accepted as a PhD student/candidate by a qualified supervisor of a PhD Program at one of the Swiss Universities or Swiss Federal Institutes. The PhD degrees are awarded by the different Swiss Universities and by the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) according to their regulations. SSPH+ does not award a PhD degree but coordinates training and networking. PhD opportunities in Public Health / Epidemiology in Switzerland are still developing and the specific regulations differ between Universities. Check here for more information about specific programs here.
How Do I Register?
Applications can be submitted throughout the year. In addition to the online registration the student has to send the completed Registration Form. Here the student has to submit an abstract of about 250 words describing the research project and outlining the Public Health relevance of the research topic. A PhD Committee has to be formed and together with the members of the PhD Committee the students and the supervirsor define the necessary amount of accompanying training (12 ECTS + max. 25 ECTS = xx ECTS) as outlined in the Guidelines and Minimal Standards. Finally, the PhD student and the supervisor confirm to accept the Minimal Standards of the SSPH+ PhD Program.
The full dossier will be carefully reviewe by the coordination board. The final acceptance for the PhD Program is based on the relevance of the PhD project to public health.