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Certificates of IPPE graduates.

International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology and Public Health (IPPE)

Tampere University

Excellence in research training and capacity building

The IPPE programme is a doctoral training and research programme for epidemiologists, researchers and public health personnel worldwide who are interested in a PhD degree in epidemiology or related public health sciences.


Postgraduate degree (University)

Degree earned

Doctor of Health Sciences
Doctor of Medical Science
Doctor of Philosophy

Planned duration

4 years

Extent of studies

240 ECTS



The main objectives of the international doctoral programme are to increase knowledge and understanding of major public health problems, particularly in low and middle income countries, and to build sustainable public health capacity by training epidemiologists and public health personnel for leadership positions in research, administration, programme planning and policy development, in collaboration with global partners.

The selected PhD candidates will attend one academic year (August – May) at the Health Sciences Campus (Kauppi Campus) to complete the required full-time coursework (60 ECTS).

The required coursework includes doctoral level courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and other health sciences. There are also courses and seminars on research proposal development, study design, implementation and analysis, comminication and reporting. For more information see the Curricula guide. The courses may be selected to meet  the students individual learning and professional goals.

Completion of a doctoral degree usually requires 3-4 years after completion of coursework.

PhD research (3-4 additional years): Field research (in Finland or abroad) is generally conducted after the coursework has been completed. A doctoral dissertation requires 3-4 original scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

After completion of coursework and successful public defence of dissertation, the candidate will receive a doctoral degree (PhD) in epidemiology or a related field.

Carefully read through the admissions requirements before applying. For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please contact coordinator of doctoral studies Ms. Tiina Kangasluoma (ippe.doc.tau [at] (ippe[dot]doc[dot]tau[at]tuni[dot]fi). For questions concerning Studyinfo and officially certified copies of educational documents, please contact the Admissions Office (admissions.tau [at] (admissions[dot]tau[at]tuni[dot]fi)). 

In autumn 2022 the application period for IPPE was organised between 14 November – 15 December.