Public health research in Switzerland has continuously gained importance for the scientific community as well as for the society. Swiss public health researchers are making significant contributions to the field offering an enabling environment for young researchers. The SSPH+ PhD Program Public Health is a continuation of the ProDoc Training Module (PDAM33-119477) which started in 2008.At it’s start 25 students were registered with the program. In 2010 this number increased to 64. Although the areas of research differ among PhD fellows, their training needs overlap: core competences such as general research skills and knowledge of advanced methods in epidemiology/public health are shared by the students.As the individual universities lack the critical mass of students and supervisors in public health to organize individual PhD training programs, a coordinated inter-university PhD program, such as the SSPH+ PhD program, is highly efficient and provides high level teaching and networking opportunities. The Program developed minimal standards for PhD training and supervision which have been implemented as binding standards at the end of 2010. With the aging of the population over the next decades, chronic conditions will become increasingly important and childhood chronic diseases remain highly relevant. Combining molecular, genetic, environmental and socio-cultural epidemiology has the potential to deepen our understanding of these diseases. More elder health care demands are likely to be paralleled by a decrease in active healthcare workforce asking for increasing health system research. Increased life expectancy, living in ever more urbanized environments and the continued “westernization” of lifestyle is expected to contribute to the global increase in non-communicable age-related disease morbidity in developing countries, increasing the already existing burden of disease due to tropical diseases. Through a forward looking approach to re-conceptualize the role of doctoral supervision and a stimulating research environment, the program aims at providing the students with the best possible preparations for a career in research or in applied fields.