PhD in Public Health Sciences Curriculum


The curriculum of the ISM PhD emphasizes substantive, theoretical and methodological preparation and requires 180 units of credit.

The remaining 180 units of coursework are typically spread over six semesters, or three academic years, leaving approximately one year for work related to your dissertation.

The first year of study includes basic principles in research, statistics and measurement, as well as theoretical coursework and content fortifying your public health knowledge base.

The second year offers a more individualized program of study. A curriculum plan is developed by each student and advisor(s), focusing on an area of specialization. Advanced courses in research methodology, as well as research and teaching practice help build expertise as a public health scholar. Professional competence is assessed through a qualifying examination and successful completion of a research dissertation. In addition, the curriculum includes opportunities to get training in a variety of professional and research skills (e.g., data management, analytic software, grantwriting and research ethics).



  Credits Hours



Basic part 20 600
Professional foreign language 5 150
Methodology of scientific researches in Public health 5 150
Biostatistics 5 150
IT in public health 5 150
Variable part, including elective courses 10 300
Total: 30 900



Basic part 15  450
Public health 5 150
Health impact assessment 5 150
Epidemiological researches 5 150
Variable part, including elective courses 15 450
Total: 30 900
III. Scientific research



Scientific research, including completing of the doctoral thesis 120 3 600
Total: 120 3 600
Total: 180 5 400


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