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PhD Programme in Health and Medicine

The PhD programme in Health and Medicine is a doctoral programme at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Health and Medicine describes a field of research which works to improve the medical services and thus public health.

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Applicants with a academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2)


Funding for projects must be secured before admission


Continous admission

Photo: Elisabeth Tønnessen

The health problems we face today differ from earlier health challenges. Previously, bacterial infectious diseases  threatened people's health - today we have the HIV virus epidemic which is the largest public health problem in Africa. Today's health problems are to a greater extent linked to the individual's lifestyle and ability to safeguard their own health. We see significant health challenges in relation to chronic diseases, mental illness, substance abuse, cancer, diabetes, obesity, COPD, asthma and dementia.

It is therefore a need to integrate research in medicine and health with elements from several disciplines in order to gather knowledge about individual, structural, organizational and social phenomena. This requires both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research where methods from different fields, like social science, epidemiology and health services research, are relevant.

Our PhD programme in Health and Medicine is founded on a broad methodology to facilitate multi - disciplinary approaches to scientific research. This includes several disciplines: clinical and translational medicine, nursing, chiropractic, patient safety, and psychology. The programme will help to develop knowledge that enables patients and healthcare professionals to better meet tomorrow's health challenges. It is our aim to develop our PhD students' ability to conduct research that increases understanding of how factors at different levels and areas affect human health.

Structure of the course of study

This article gives an overview of the programme structure and some of the requirements for each part.

Project plan

The project plan should follow the template for the project plan for the PhD programme in Health and Medicine. The candidate must submit their project plan within 3 months after admission. 

Instruction component

The course component of the PhD programme shall comprise of at least 30 ECTS credits, which are distributed as follows:

  • Philosophy of science and ethics, 10 credits
  • Research methods, 10 credits
  • Specialization course(s), 10 credits

The doctoral training also comprises of compulsory academic dissemination. The following components must be completed: 

  • Regular presentation of research progress in your academic group
  • At least one presentation at an international academic conference during the doctoral education
  • At least one popular science contribution during the doctoral education

Mid-term evaluation (50% seminar)

A mid-term evaluation of doctoral thesis work will be conducted either in the third or fourth semester (if the candidate follows a three-year cycle). The candidate will present his/her work for assessment by an evaluation team, consisting of at least one persons appointed by the faculty.

90% seminar

A 90% seminar will be held towards the end of the PhD course, prior to the candidate submitting his/her thesis for evaluation.

PhD thesis

If the PhD thesis will consist mainly of articles, at least 3 articles must have the PhD candidate as first author. At least 1 article must have been accepted for publication in a peer reviewed, scientific journal. At least 1 article must have been submitted, and the rest of the articles must have been made ready for submission.


PhD courses in health and medicine offered at the University of Stavanger:

DHV100 Philosophy of Health Sciences

10 credits

Course coordinator: Sebastian Rehnman

DHV210 Qualitative Methods in Health and Medicine

10 credits

Course coordinator: Birgitta Haga Gripsrud

DHV211 Metasynthesis - Research Course in Advanced Qualitative Methods

5 credits

Course coordinator: Terese Bondas

DHV220 Quantitative design and analysis in health science with focus on quasi-experimental research

10 credits

Course coordinator: Kolbjørn K. Brønnick

Course dates for spring semester 2022 will be announced

DHV310 Theoretical and innovative approaches to long-term illness

10 credits

Course coordinator: Anne Marie Lunde Husebø and Marianne Storm

Course dates 2021:

- information meeting: September 6

- seminar 1: October 19

- seminar 2: November 17

DHV320 Theoretical and conceptual framework founded in caring sciences 

10 credits

Course coordinators: Camilla Koskinen and Venke Irene Ueland

Course dates 2021: 4-6 October and 2-3 December

DHV340 Social scientific addiction research 

10 credits

Course coordinator: Hildegunn Sagvaag

Course dates 2021: autumn semester

DHV350 Selected topics in Quality and Patient Safety 

10 credits

Course coordinators: Siri Wiig, Karina Aase

Course dates:

Tuesday November 30 2021

Tuesday January 11 2022

Course paper deadline: Tuesday March 1 2022

Please note that CHANGES may occur.

DHV370 Professional relationships in health- and social work; a psycho-social perspective 

10 credits

Course coordinators: Ellen Ramvi, Birgitta Haga Gripsrud

Guidelines and forms

Doctoral comittee

The Doctoral Committe acts by the authority of and gives advice to the Dean of Faculty. The Dean of Faculty has the administrative and academic responsibility for the Faculty's PhD in Health and Medicine.

Members of the Doctoral Committe:

Chairman: Henriette Thune, Vice-dean of reseach

Department of Caring and Ethics:

Professor Bodil Furnes

Associate Professor Margareth Kristoffersen 

vice-member: Associate Professor Kirsten Lode

Department of Quality and Health Technology:

Professor Siri Wiig

Associate Professor Stephen Sollid

vice-member: Associate Professor Kristin H. Urstad

Department of Public Health:

Professor Kolbjørn Brønnick

Professor Torgeir Gilje Lid

vice-member: Associate Professor Ingvild Margreta Morken

Stavanger University Hospital

Inger Økland, Associate Professor II, UiS

Ph.d.-candidate appointed by UiS DC:

Jorunn Nærland Skjærpe

Guide for PhD Education


Faculty of Health Sciences

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Faculty of Health Sciences

Fakultetsadministrasjonen HV