Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences


The aim of the doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences is to equip the student with the skills needed to carry out independent scientific research. The goal is to train scientific experts in the field of health who are able to work in demanding academic research and teaching positions and in other expert, development and management functions in society.

A doctoral student must acquire in depth knowledge in his/her own field, but also develop a broader view of Health Sciences in general. Doctoral students should adopt scientific thinking models and good scientific conduct as well as gain versatile research skills.

The fields of study available are biostatistics, epidemiology, gerontology, global health and development, health economics, health care management, health services research, health sociology, nursing science, occupational health, public health, social psychiatry and social and health policy.

A doctoral degree can be awarded in all the disciplines. Most PhD students do their dissertation work in one of our research groups. The field of study is determined by the supervisor’s discipline. The employment prospects for graduates in the field of health sciences or medicine have been good.

In the Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences the student can complete the degrees of Doctor of Health Sciences or Doctor of Philosophy in the above mentioned disciplines. The prerequisite for the Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences is a Master’s Degree or equivalent. The Doctor of Health Sciences degree requires a previous educational background on Master’s level in the field of health sciences. As intermediate degrees the degrees of Licentiate of Health Sciences can be completed.

The professors in charge of the doctoral programme are Professor Marja Jylhä and Professor Päivi Åstedt-Kurki. 

Published doctoral dissertations at the Faculty:

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Further Information

If you are interested in applying for the Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences, you can find our admission requirements on our Admissions pages.

Curricula Guide

Study Guide

Faculty-specific Forms and General regulations regarding degrees


Postal address:
Faculty of Social Sciences
33014 University of Tampere, Finland

Visiting address of the Faculty Office:
Kalevantie 5, Tampere
Linna Building
room: LINNA, 6th floor, 6055
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