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International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology and Public Health (IPPE)

The International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology offered by Tampere University is a doctoral training programme for highly qualified epidemiologists, researchers and public health personnel worldwide who are aiming at a PhD degree in epidemiology or related public health discipline.

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Full-time Duration: 48 or 60 months
Starting in: August
Tuition Fee: There are no tuition fees for doctoral programmes at TUNI.
Location: Tampere, Finland

The main objectives of the International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology programme from Tampere University are to increase knowledge and understanding of major public health problems, particularly in low-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, programme planning and policy development.

Completion of a doctoral degree usually requires 2-3 years after completion of coursework. A doctoral dissertation in epidemiology usually includes four original scientific papers published in a peer reviewed journal. After completion of coursework and successful public defense of dissertation, the candidate will receive a doctoral degree (PhD) in epidemiology or a related field.

According to Section 21 of the degree, the aim of postgraduate education is that the student:

  • becomes well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance end gains knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and to produce new scientific knowledge within his/her field of research
  • becomes conversant with the development, basic problems and research methods of his/her own field of research
  • gains such knowledge of the general theory of science and of other disciplines relating to his/her own field of research as enables him/her to follow developments in them.

The aim of postgraduate studies is to provide doctoral researches with the capabilities to successfully serve society in the role of a researcher, teacher or other type of expert.

A doctoral researcher must become well-versed his/her special field but also obtain a broad view of the health sciences in general.

The purpose of doctoral education is to adopt scientific thinking, internalize good scientific practices and master the diverse skills of a researcher.

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I really enjoyed learning in a relaxed atmosphere, meeting other people from many countries doing different things and getting to know the University before the hustle and bustle of term time as an international degree student began.

Lauren // United Kingdom (2015)

Study contents

The IPPE programme consists of intensive theoretical and practical training in epidemiology, biostatistics and other public health sciences, weekly research seminars and individual supervision. Although the core epidemiology and biostatistics curriculum content is required for everyone, the students are given considerable latitude in selecting additional courses and the programme may be tailored to meet individual learning and professional goals.

In the International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology and Public Health (IPPE) the doctoral degree can be completed in one of the following fields of study:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Gerontology
  • Global Health and Development
  • Health Economics
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Sociology
  • Occupational Health
  • Public Health
  • Social Psychiatry
  • Social and Health Policy

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