PhD Program

The PhD in Digital Public Health from the Graduate Research School of the University of Bordeaux is an international higher education 3 years program.

Program research topics

The program addresses a wide range of research topics on the public health domain. The teams and partners have diverse as well as complementary expertise that include epidemiology, statistics and (bio)informatics. Multidisciplinary technological approaches and multiscale analyses are employed in order to train the PhD student.

Program Structure

The PhD program in Digital Public Health promotes interdisciplinary training through 3 years of full-time study, including coursework.

The coursework is module-based. Modules have the form of interactive lectures, practical seminars, workshops and Summer/Winter School classes and will mainly focus on Epidemiology, Statistics and Informatics for population health.

Other modules will be gradually activated and, among others, will be about Communication, Health Economics, Law, Sociology, etc. applied to Digital Health. The offer of PhD modules will be renovated each year in collaboration with the College of Doctoral Studies of the University of Bordeaux which will also offer training across different disciplines and related doctoral programs (e.g. modules on writing scientific papers, developing leadership skills, improve oral skills, etc.).

PhD students are expected to defend their thesis by the end of the third year. Thesis work can be conducted in an academic research unit or a company (PhD CIFRE).

Through the coursework and the writing of the thesis, this PhD program is designed to foster rigorous research and analytical skills, and transferable skills relevant for employment in industry and the public service (project manager), and in post-doctoral research (grant writing, science dissemination).

Graduates from the PhD will have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to the digital public health domain,
  • Self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems,
  • The ability to communicate and collaborate with experts from other disciplines relevant to digital public health issues.

Cotutelle or International co-supervision

If you are interested by a Cotutelle or an International co-supervision, please consult the College of Doctoral Studies website.

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Updated on 04/12/2019


Digital Public Health Graduate Program

Université de Bordeaux
146 rue Léo Saignat
33000 Bordeaux