The required coursework includes doctoral level courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and other health sciences. The students have considerable latitude in selecting courses and the program may be tailored to meet the individual learning and professional goals of the student. The selected PhD candidates will attend the 2017-2018 academic year (September-May) at the School of Health Sciences to complete the required coursework (60 ECTS).
The program includes weekly research seminars during which the candidates prepare a comprehensive research plan for their PhD thesis project. The bulk of field research, however, is generally conducted after the coursework has been completed.
The candidates have the option of working in their country of origin or in Finland. Completion of a doctoral degree usually requires 2-3 years after completion of coursework. A doctoral dissertation in epidemiology usually includes four original scientific papers published in a peer reviewed journal. After completion of coursework and successful public defense of dissertation, the candidate will receive a doctoral degree (PhD) in epidemiology or a related field.
The courses in the IPPE programme cover a wide range of epidemiological and biostatistical courses. The students will learn basic and in-depth skills in methods of epidemiology and biostatistics including logistic regression, survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis, molecular epidemiology and meta-analysis. Furthermore,substance areas like epidemiology of cancer and infectious diseases will be covered as well as specific exposures like nutrition and radiation.
Major fields of study and research
The topics covered in the international postgraduate program in epidemiology and public health can be divided in three cathegories: methods in epidemiology and biostatistics, infectious disease epidemiology and epidemiology and prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Methods in epidemiology and biostatistics
- Epidemiologic research methods
- Biostatistics and statistical computing
- Logistic regression
- Survival analysis
- Longitudinal data analysis
- Screening for disease
Infectious disease epidemiology
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases
- Public health surveillance
- Outbreak investigations
- Public health policy development
- Evaluation of immunization programs
- Molecular Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases
- Cancer Epidemiology
- Radiation Epidemiology
- Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
- Epidemiology of diabetes, allergy and asthma
- Nutritional epidemiology
- Occupational epidemiology
- Epidemiology of ageing