Degree programme

Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences


Become a doctor in the field of health sciences of your choice. Come and study in the Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences!

The Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences offers doctoral degrees in health sciences or philosophy within the various fields of health sciences. An intermediate licentiate degree is also an option. A person with a master's degree, graduate degree, or a corresponding degree in health sciences may be admitted to the Doctoral Programme.

A doctoral student must become well-versed in their special field but also obtain a broad view of health sciences in general. The purpose of doctoral education is to adopt scientific thinking, assume good scientific practices and master the diverse skills of a researcher.

The doctoral degree in health sciences can be taken in the following fields: biostatistics, epidemiology, gerontology, nursing science, public health, social psychiatry, social and health policy, health care management, health services research, health economics, occupational health, Global Health and Development, and health sociology. Most doctoral students write their dissertations in research groups within their field of study, which is mainly defined based on the field of study of the supervisor.

The aim of doctoral studies is to educate researchers who have the skills to successfully work in academia as researchers and teachers and in other expert jobs in society. The doctoral degree also enables the supervision of students and leadership of research groups.

The aim of the doctoral education in health sciences is to provide the student with an in-depth view of the selected field of study of health sciences, its development, basic problems, research methods, and social significance. A person with a doctoral degree has the knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and to produce new knowledge and applications in health sciences.