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Public Health Science, Doctorate

Public Health Sciences

180 ECTS - Ph.D. degree

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Programme for those that wish to dedicate themselves to quality research in public health matters.

The doctorate programme provides knowledge, skills, and training in independent practices to conduct scientific research and do practical work whether within the country or abroad.  

The programme

The doctoral programme is generally completed over three to four years. The greater part of the programme, or no less than 150 ECTS, is an independent research project, but students must also complete about 30 ECTS in course work.

Certain core courses from the MPH programme are required for students that do not hold an MPH degree.

Further information in the course catalogue

The objective of this programme

The programme is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge in their area of interest, and prepare them to work independently in public health sciences.

Admission requirements

Graduate studies

Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) or related disciplines.
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After graduating

The programme gives a good foundation for those wishing to work in research or wanting to play a leading role in health-related fields. 

Job possibilities can be very diverse after finishing the programme.

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Job possibilities

  • Work in research
  • Education
  • Policy-making
  • Management
  • Health promotion
  • Prevention

Social life

The student organisation of the Faculty of Public Health Sciences is called Iðunn and is active in making social life for students fun. Iðunn organises e.g. events such as field trips, visits to companies and organisations. All Public Health Sciences students automatically become members of Iðunn.  

Iðunn's Facebook page

University's social life

Contact us

The Centre of Public Health Sciences
Sturlugata 8, 101 Reykjavík
Tel: +354 525 4956
Email: publichealth@hi.is

Visitors are asked to call or write ahead to book an appointment

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