IPPE International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    Free
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The International Doctoral Program in Epidemiology (IPPE) at the School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere is a doctoral training and research program for highly qualified epidemiologists, researchers and public health personnel worldwide who are aiming at a PhD degree in epidemiology or public health.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The International Doctoral Program in Epidemiology (IPPE) at the School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, is a doctoral training and research program for highly qualified epidemiologists, researchers and public health personnel worldwide who are aiming at a PhD degree in epidemiology or public health.

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    240 ECTS 60 ECTS compulsory on-campus coursework required alternative credits

    The International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology (IPPE) at the School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland, is a doctoral training and research programme for highly qualified epidemiologists, researchers and public health personnel worldwide who are aiming at a PhD degree in epidemiology or public health.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

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
  • Meta-analysis

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

Academic Requirements

The IPPE Programme is currently open for applications!

The Call for Applications for the programme starting in August 2017 and link to application form: http://www.uta.fi/hes/en/doctoralstudies/ippe/selection.html.

Admission criteria

The admission criteria to the doctoral programme is a master's degree (equivalent to at least four years of study) in a relevant study area, such as medicine, public health or biostatistics. Basic knowledge in epidemiology and statistics is desirable. Priority will be given students who have a research plan or at least a preliminary idea of a research project that can be used as research material for the doctoral degree in epidemiology.

The aim is that students will complete the theoretical studies and their research plan in Finland and possibly start the data analysis, but that a large proportion of research will be conducted in the students' home countries after the theoretical studies. The programme requires residence in Tampere, Finland, for 10 months during the theoretical part of the programme. After completing their independent work on the dissertation the students will return to Tampere to finalize their work and have the oral examination (public defense).

IPPE language requirements

The International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology follows mainly the general language requirements for academic English used by the international degree programmes at the University of Tampere.

Certificate of proficiency in English for academic purposes. For this requirement, no exceptions will be granted.

There are two ways of indicating your English language proficiency;

- Previous studies

    • A Master’s degree in English in a university in an EU/ EEA country, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.

- Language tests

    • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based
      (NB: scores from "TOEFL ITP / institutional testing programme" are not accepted.)
    • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
    • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62
    • Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • Free EU/EEA

There are currently no tuition fees in the programme. However, the students are expected to cover their own travel expenses and living costs including a compulsory insurance during the programme period (requires residence in Tampere for a minimum of 10 months). The average monthly living cost in Tampere including student level accommodation is about 600 euros.

Funding

Tuition fee and Funding

There are currently no tuition fees in the programme. However, the students are expected to cover their own travel expenses and living costs including a compulsory insurance during the programme period (requires residence in Tampere for a minimum of 10 months). The average monthly living cost in Tampere including student level accommodation is about 600 euros.

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