Call for applications - International postgraduate program in epidemiology and public health (IPPE), 2013-2014


Call for applications - International postgraduate program in epidemiology and public health (IPPE), 2013-2014
The International Postgraduate Program in Epidemiology (IPPE) at the School of Health
Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland, is a doctoral training and research program for
highly qualified epidemiologists, researchers and public health personnel worldwide who
are aiming at a PhD degree in epidemiology or public health.
The main objectives of the international doctoral program 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, program planning and policy development.
The School of Health Sciences (HES) is an education and research institute at the
University of Tampere (UTA), Finland. The School is ranked as one of the leading
institutions in research within the University and has received international recognition.
Instruction is offered at bachelor, master and doctoral levels, with a strong emphasis on
training in research methods. Doctoral program faculty are involved in several international
collaborative research projects. Teaching and research at the School are multidisciplinary
including the fields of biometry, community health, epidemiology, gerontology,
occupational health, health economics, social psychiatry, social and health policy and
nursing science.
A master's degree (at least 4 years of study) in a relevant field, including epidemiology,
public health or biostatistics, or a medical degree from accredited university. Basic
knowledge of epidemiology and proof of proficiency in English are also required.
Duration of studies
The duration of coursework is one academic year (September 2013 to May 2014). Full
time participation in the program requires 10 month residency in Tampere, Finland to
complete the required coursework. Obtaining the doctoral degree usually requires 2-3
additional years after completion of coursework.
Selection criteria
PhD candidates are selected on the basis of their past education and work experience in
public health, their language skills and writing ability, as well as demonstrated success in
the field of public health practice and epidemiology. Priority is generally given to applicants
who are already working in a research project that may be used as material for their PhD
thesis, or those who have an available dataset and a feasible research plan. Students
should submit a preliminary research plan as part of their application.
Accomodation, living and travel cost
Currently, no tuition or course fees are charged for doctoral students in the IPPE program.
Students are expected to cover their travel to Finland as well as accommodation and living
costs and are encouraged to apply for external support for this purpose. Funding and
financial aid opportunities are available on a competitive basis for doctoral students and
the program staff will assist in the application process. However, acceptance to the
program does not guarantee financial aid.
The international doctoral program in epidemiology and public health at the School of
Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland is offered biannually. The application
period for the Academic year 2013 - 2014 (September-May) is from January 2 to March
15, 2013. More information on the programme and the application forms are available at:
Required attachments to the application form
1. Motivation letter, including reasons for applying to the program and future career goals
in epidemiology
2. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages)
3. List of publications organized in the following categories:
a) original, peer reviewed publications in international scientific journals
b) publications in domestic scientific journals
c) other publications
4. Official, certified copies of
a) university degree certificates
b) official statement of English proficiency
c) passport name page
5. Draft research plan for doctoral dissertation (max 5 pages)
6. Letters of recommendation (maximum three letters, one of which should be from current
supervisor/ employer).
Program director
Pekka Nuorti, MD DSc
Professor of epidemiology
Additional information, including application instructions and forms are available at: 
Inquiries and application instructions:
Ms. Catarina Ståhle-Nieminen, M.Ed., 
International Coordinator
Tel: +358-40-190-1664
Fax: +358-3-3551-6057