Doctoral education at PHS

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We have about 60 doctoral students at the Department of Public Health Sciences, conducting research within the research areas of global health, social medicine and public health epidemiology. 

The doctoral education at the department has a multidisciplinary scientific orientation and attracts both national and international students, which adds a lot of value to the scientific environment.

The department also has Swedish doctoral students conducting research in other countries, mostly in low-income countries. The department strives to provide an environment that stimulates critical thinking and scientific development. The doctoral education at the Karolinska Institute corresponds to four years of full-time studies. Courses and other planned educational activities shall constitute 20 weeks, while the major part of the education involves work within a research project.  

Interested in doctoral studies?

Are you interested in doctoral studies at PHS? Start by reading about the application and admission process for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet. 

If you already have financing for your research in place, you can contact any of the research groups at the department.  

You can also apply to the research positions advertised.

Current available positions at the department

Application and admission to doctoral education

There is no general admission to doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet. All admission procedures are handled at the department level. New doctoral students are admitted to the doctoral education at the department through an admission seminar.

Find more about application and admission to doctoral education at the department

Already a doctoral student?

If you are a registered doctoral student at the department, find more information at the page for doctoral students at PHS

More information about doctoral education at KI

Doctoral programmes

The doctoral programmes are themed and reflect large research areas. They offer a variety of courses and other educational activities within a designated research area and contribute to maintain a high quality doctoral education. 

The Department of Public Health Sciences is coordinating the Doctoral programmes in Public Health Science and in Infection Biology and Global Health. The department also holds a seat in the board for the Doctoral programme in Epidemiology as well as in the board for the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science.   

The Swedish Research School for Global Health

The aim of The Swedish Research School for Global Health is to achieve multi-disciplinary collaboration in education, research and training by coordinating existing courses and seminars in global health and develop new courses to fill gaps in knowledge.

As well as improve quality of research training and to increase participation of the collaborating institutions in low and middle-income countries, creating a formalised network of institutions in Sweden and collaborating countries.

The research school is a collaboration between University of Umeå, Karolinska Institutet and University of Lund. 


Doctoral educational administration

Address: Department of Public Health Sciences
Doctoral educational administration
Karolinska Institutet
SE-171 77 Stockholm
Visiting address: 3rd Floor, the Widerström building
Tomtebodavägen 18A, Solna

Director of Doctoral Education

Project coordinator

Emilie Agardh

Organizational unit: Public Health Epidemiology


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