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For doctoral students starting the Doctoral School in Health Care Science

Welcome to the Doctoral School in Health Care Sciences!

Doctoral candidates admitted

The Steering Group of the Doctoral School has taken the formal decision to approve the proposed candidates by the supervisors. You can read the decision here (in Swedish). The admission process to doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet will now take place and you are advised to apply for an eligibility assessment as soon as you have been selected. Note that each department has its own process, keep in contact with your Supervisor and/or the doctoral studies administartor at the relevant department. For more information see this page or contact your supervisor.

Introduction retreat Sep 3-4

Your doctoral studies will start with an introduction retreat on 3rd and 4th of September. The introduction retreat is a co-arrangement with the programme for Doctoral Education in Health Care Ccience (PUF-V), which means that doctoral students from this programme will participate as well and is a kick-off for your doctoral studies. Supervisors are welcome to attend part of day 1 of the retreat.

The retreat will be held at Hotel J, Ellenviksvägen 1 Nacka Strand, September 3 and 4, 2018! We will book one overnight stay for you at the hotel.



The first course for the students at the Doctoral School in Health Care Sciences starts Septemeber 10 and finishes October 15. It is course 3085 Philosophy of science and research ethics, statistics, presentation techniques and information literacy of 7.5 credits. You are automatically enrolled in this course. If you queries about the course, schedule etc. you can contact PUF-V coordinator Indu Kadlac or course coordinator/teacher Cormac Mcgrath.

The doctoral students are offered a combination of compulsory and elective courses in health care science. Doctoral students follow Karolinska Institutet’s general syllabus for doctoral education in the subject of Medical Science including 30 credits from courses and other activities such as seminars and at least one own presentation at an international conference. At admission an individual study plan is established together with the supervisor for each doctoral student including details of the doctoral project such as planned courses and other activities.

Compulsory and elective courses

For the students starting the Doctoral School in September 2018, 23 of the 30 credits consists of obligatory courses, the preliminary course plan below. All courses are offered by the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V) and provide knowledge of concepts, designs and analytical methods especially suited for multidisciplinary studies and the understanding of complex processes related to the field of health care sciences.

For all courses but the first course students need to apply accordingly, however, the doctoral school students have prioritized admission to the courses if applied for according to the course plan.

Preliminary course planning as follows

Semester 1

  • 3085 Philosophy of science and research ethics, statistics, presentation techniques and information literacy (former 2507) 7.5 credits

Semester 2 and 3

Choose two out of five courses offered, 8 credits. The four first courses are generally held in semester 2 and the last one in semester 3.

  • 2673 Introduction to qualitative methods, 4 credits
  • 2664 Introduction to modern test theory and test/survey methodology, 4 credits
  • 2666 Methods for statistical analysis: From variance analysis to multilevel modeling, 4 credits
  • 2520 Interview techniques in health and care research, 4 credits
  • 3029 Observation as research method (former 82350), 4 credits

Semester 3

  • 3066 Methods for systematic review, 7.5 credits


If you have queries contact your supervisor, the coordinator Anna-Maria Loimi or the director of studies Lena Wettergren.



Anna-Maria Loimi

Telefon: 08-524 864 36
Enhet: SFO-V (Strategiska Forskningsområdet- Vård)

Director of Studies


Lena Wettergren

Telefon: 08-524 836 50
Enhet: Avdelningen för reproduktiv hälsa