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SSPH+ PhD Program Public Health 2011-2014

English title SSPH+ PhD Program Public Health 2011-2014
Applicant Braun-Fahrländer Charlotte
Number 137192
Funding scheme ProDoc
Research institution Abt. öff. Gesundheitswesen und Epidemiologie Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Cancer
Start/End 01.10.2011 - 30.09.2014
Approved amount 227'268.00
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Keywords (6)

Public Health; Doctoral Training; Portfolio-based learning; public health methodology; international health; chronic disease

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

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.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
ASPHER, ORPHEUS France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
141775 Mortality and second primary cancers after cancer in childhood and adolescence 01.08.2012 ProDoc
119477 SSPH+ PhD Program in Public Health 01.10.2008 ProDoc

Abstract

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).Excellence in public health research requires access to, and availability of, high-quality databases and a productive network of national, regional and international collaborations. Swiss research institutions are involved in a series of projects. A prolongation and expansion of the ProDoc program will be important to answers new and pressing research questions and to assure the continuation of a high level training and networking program for doctoral students in public health.When starting the SSPH+ PhD Program in Public Health 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 reconceptuallze 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.
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