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.


How to apply for admission.

PhD fellowship position at UiS

Vacant positions are published on our web page:

If you are admitted through a fellowship position you should, within the three first months, submit your project plan for assessment by the Doctoral Committee. The project plan should follow our Guidelines (pdf). As an attachment to the project plan, there should be an application to the Doctoral Committee for the appointment of supervisors. Please include application form for appointment of supervisors (pdf), their CVs (3 pages max.) as well as declaration of supervisor experience (docx). Please sende your project plan with attachements to

External funding

In case your PhD education receives external funding, your application for admission to PhD in Healh and Medicine should include the following:

Please send your application to

Structure of the course of study

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. The plan for the course component is to be apporoved by the doctoral comitee. For candidates admitted in or after 2018 the minimum requirements are:

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

If the faculty does not offer suitable courses for the course component candidates may register for doctoral level courses at other faculties or accredited institutions.

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:

Please send your course application form to

If you are already admitted to the PhD programme in health and medicine you may also register for courses at Studentweb.

Please follow the links in the course titles for more information about specific courses.

DHV100 Philosophy of Health Sciences
10 credits
Course coordinator: Sebastian Rehnman
Course schedule 2024:
Weeks 6 and 15
Lectures: 09.00 - 15.00

DHV210 Qualitative Methods in Health and Medicine
10 credits
Course coordinator: Kristine Rørtveit
Course dates 2024: June 10-14.

The first lecture will start June 10, 12.15 PM. Room: KA U-021

DHV211 Metasynthesis - Research Course in Advanced Qualitative Methods
5 credits
Course coordinator: Terese Bondas
Under revision, will not be arranged spring 2024.

DHV212 Psycho-Societal Research: Methodology and Practice
5 sp
Course coordinator: Steffen Krüger (UiO) og Birgitta Haga Gripsrud (UiS)
Course dates 2024: Monday thru Friday week 22 (May 27 - 31)
The course will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia

DHV220 Quantitative design and analysis in health science with focus on quasi-experimental research
10 credits
Course coordinator: Aleksander Hagen Erga
Spring 2024: February 20 and 22 + date(s) to be decided

DHV310 Theoretical and innovative approaches to long-term illness
10 credits
Course coordinator: Anne Marie Lunde Husebø and Marianne Storm
The course is cancelled for spring semester 2024.

DHV320 Theoretical and conceptual framework founded in caring sciences 
10 credits
Course coordinators: Camilla Koskinen and Linda Susanne Nyholm
Lecture dates:
30-31.october 09.00-16.00.
1.november 09.00-13.00
Seminars: 12-13.december 09.00-16.00

DHV340 Social scientific addiction research 
10 credits
The course is a cooperation between the faculty of health sciences and the faculty of social sciences
Course coordinator: Anne S. Selbekk and Ingunn Studsrød
Course dates 2024: February 15-16 and April 25-26.
Read more about the course (PDF)

DHV350 Selected topics in Quality and Patient Safety 
10 credits
Course Coordinators: Siri Wiig og Karina Aase
Session 1: May 27 09.00-15.00
Session 2: June 24 09.00-15.00
Abstract course paper: June
Course paper deadline: September
Application deadline: May 1

DHV370 Professional relationships in health- and social work; a psycho-social perspective 
10 credits
Course coordinators: Ellen Ramvi, Birgitta Haga Gripsrud
Under revision, will not be arranged spring 2024.

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. The Doctoral committee handles cases related to the whole doctoral programme, as well as cases related to individual candidates, such as admission, approval of project plans and appointment of supervisors.

Members of the Doctoral Committe:

  • Head of the Doctoral Committe: Dean of research and innovation Thor Ole Gulsrud
  • Professor Margareth Kristoffersen 
  • Professor Siri Wiig
  • Professor Kristine Rørtveit
  • Professor Jo Røislien
  • Professor Ingvild Margreta Morken
  • Associate Professor Anne Schanche Selbekk
  • Associate Professor Camilla Nordmand
  • Research Fellow Eirik Haarr
  • Associate Professor Ingrid Ølfarnes Røysland (deputy member)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Erna Harboe (deputy member)

Meeting dates spring 2024

  • February 15
  • March 21
  • April 25
  • May 23
  • June 20

Meeting dates autumn 2024

  • August 29
  • September 26
  • October 31
  • November 28
  • December 19

Please send cases 10 working days prior to the meeting date.

Guide for PhD Education


Associate Professor
Kjell Arholms hus
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Quality and Health Technology
Faculty of Health Sciences
Fakultetsadministrasjonen HV
Faculty of Health Sciences
Fakultetsadministrasjonen HV