Doctoral programme in Public Health Science (PHSP)

The Doctoral programme in Public Health Science (PHSP) places particular emphasis on the study and influence of determinants of health and disease in the population.

Public Health Science is a multidisciplinary field that aims to study and influence the determinants of health, disease and longevity in the population. The approach includes the study of the social, economic and physical environment as well as individual characteristics and behaviours.

Sign up-information

If you are interested in the courses and activities in the Public Health Science programme, please send an email to This means that you will receive information directly from our programme, but you do not commit to participate in any activity.

To attend the courses organised in our doctoral programme, you need to apply as described below. 

Application to doctoral courses at KI

Apply and find more information about doctoral courses in KI's course catalogue. The available courses on doctoral level are announced once per semester in April and October and the application period is open for one month. 

Late application

Once the application period is closed, the applicant can only be admitted according to availability. A late application is made directly to the programme coordinator and course organiser.

Admission note by email

Formal note about admission (or not) is emailed to the applicants within a month after the application time is closed. If you are not admitted, you will be asked for interest to be on the waiting list. The applicant needs to confirm participation by a form signed by the applicant and his/hers supervisor.

Courses within the programme

Other educational activities

The programme hosts seminars, workshops and other educational activities.

Seminar series

The seminar series for spring 2019 is: Measuring Sex – Discussing Gender: Research Implications for Health and organised together with the BIGH programme

The purpose of our seminars is to provide an intellectually challenging, yet generous and informal environment where doctoral students can work on core topics and develop their knowledge together with junior and senior colleagues. 

Find all upcoming seminars and workshops at the bottom of this page as well as in the calender for doctoral programmes at KI.

Network in Public Health Science for PhD students

The network organise events for and with PhD students, share information on and discuss the latest public health research. Our aim is to enhance collaboration between students in different institutions, departments, and universities. The network is open for all doctoral students working within research areas related to public health.

If you want to join the network, please contact or attend one of our open events. You are also welcome to join our Facebook-group and LinkedIn-group.

Open and social events hosted by the network

The network gives PhD students the possibility to network through different open events and social events. Find upcoming open events organised by the network in the calender for doctoral education.

Steering group

Members of the steering group for the doctoral programme.

Bo Burström Department of Public Health Sciences
Daniel Falkstedt Department of Public Health Sciences
Henna Hasson Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics
Lydia Kwak Institute of Environmental Medicine
Jette Möller Department of Public Health Sciences
Ritva Rissanen Department of Public Health Sciences
Vibeke Sparring Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics
Amanda Aronsson Department of Public Health Sciences

Doctoral student representatives

Emmanuel Aboagye  Institute of Environmental Medicine
Emma Granström Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics
Louise Sundberg  Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Johan Rehnberg Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Veronika Tirado Department of Public Health Sciences


Programme coordinator


Ritva Rissanen

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 833 52
Organizational unit: Global health

Administrative officer

Administrative officer

Amanda Aronsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 833 50
Department: Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS), K9

Head of the programme


Daniel Falkstedt

Organizational unit: Occupational medicine

Doctoral programmesPublic Health