PhD degree programme

The goal of the PhD program at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology is to train highly qualified independent researchers to the high international standard. It is envisioned that the program alumni will assume leading positions in the epidemiologic research community, in which they can impact public health and clinical practice. DCE welcomes qualified PhD candidates whose interests fall within the department’s research focus areas.

The PhD candidates at DCE acquire research skills through a combination of coursework, research projects, and mentoring. During their studies, PhD candidates go through all steps of the research process: formulating study aims, writing study protocol, securing funding, collecting data and conducting analyses, interpreting results and scientific publication. PhD candidates at DCE enjoy close mentoring and supervision by the department faculty with competences in epidemiology, biostatistics and bedside medicine. There are diverse opportunities for professional development through participation in journal clubs, presentations, and international collaboration. PhD candidates are encouraged to teach and to supervise junior colleagues and research year students.

The required coursework covers basic and advanced clinical epidemiology; screening and diagnosis of diseases; prognostic studies; synthesizing evidence; use of registries and databases for epidemiologic research; pharmacoepidemiologic methods; clinical trials; and scientific publishing. In addition to the regular courses, DCE regularly holds master classes taught by international experts in epidemiologic research. The PhD program at DCE is offered through Aarhus University Graduate School of Health. PhD candidates at DCE are typically enrolled in the PhD program “Clinical Medicine”.