The main objectives of this Programme are to increase knowledge and understanding of major public health problems, particularly in low and middle 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. To date, more than 50 students have graduated from the Programme with a PhD.
The IPPE programme has an emphasis on prevention and control of infectious diseases, evaluation of vaccination programs, and public health practice. In addition, fields such as prevention of cancer and non-communicable diseases, and epidemiology of diabetes, allergy and asthma are strongly represented in the Department of Epidemiology.
Selected PhD candidates will attend the School of Health Sciences in Tampere, Finland during the 2017-2018 academic year (September-May) to complete the required coursework and prepare a comprehensive research plan for their PhD thesis. The bulk of field research is generally conducted after completion of coursework and the students have the option of working in their own country, or in Finland. Completing the PhD dissertation usually takes about 4 years.
The working language is English and all instruction is conducted in English. Currently, no tuition or course fees are charged for doctoral students accepted in the IPPE programme.The Programme is open to all qualified candidates and there are no geographic or nationality eligibility restrictions. Priority may be given to applicants who are already working on a research project that can be used as material for their PhD thesis, or those who have an available dataset and a feasible research plan.
Additional information, including the complete Call for Applications with instructions and forms is available at the Programme website: www.uta.fi/ippe