1 PhD in Biomedical Sciences Study plan for the track on Global Health This PhD track includes research in global health leading to the delivery of first the outline or proposal for the thesis followed by the final thesis. In addition, coursework (the taught component of the program) in global health must be successfully completed by the PhD student. The program aims mainly to develop scientific competencies in the science of global health implementation. The research work can be undertaken traditionnally, within a research group at the Université de Genève, or in another university (in Switzerland or abroad), or within the context of a position held in an international organisation, an NGO, or in a company from the public or the private sector. In the later case, it is expected that the PhD research work is directly related to the occupation. The PhD research work is supervised by a professor from the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Genève. Joint supervision can be envisaged, by any other competent faculty or professional belonging to another Faculty of the Université de Genève or from elsewhere. Further details about guidelines and procedures regarding this PhD program are published as internal directives. This program complies with accreditation criteria of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER, Brussels) This innovative, hybrid program is completed largely via distance (e-learning and e-supervision), requiring a high level of interaction and commitment from PhD students, including homework (readings, exercises, essays and a comprehensive exam), as well as periodic residential seminars organized by the Swiss School of Public Health+. A. DOCTORAL PROGRAM The doctoral program has two components accruing 20 ECTS (European Credit Transfert System) 1. Residential weeks: 3 weeks per year, preferably during the first two years of the PhD: 2 ECTS per week, totaling 12 ECTS 2. Distance learning: 3 majors (6 ECTS) and preparation for the Comprehensive exam (2 ECTS) 1. Residential weeks Three residential weeks are organized each year by the Swiss School of Public Health+, to be taken preferably during the first two years of the PhD. The Winter School organized at Wengen delivers courses on epidemiology and biostatistics. The Spring School at Geneva delivers courses in global health. The Summer School at Lugano delivers courses in health policy, health economics, and health management.
2 The Spring School of Global Health will be launched at Geneva for the first time in early June 2015 (just after the World Health Assembly), by the Institute of Global Health (Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Genève and Ecole Romande de Santé Publique), in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The Winter and Summer Schools are well established and host each year more than 100 participants, offering 1 to 2 ECTS accredited doctoral courses each week (a total of 2 ECTS per week). The course portfolio allows for repeated attendance from participants without repeating the same course. Residential weeks Names Face to face Home work Total ECTS Year 1: Winter School, Wengen Year 1: Spring School, Geneva Year 1: Summer School, Lugano Year 2: Winter School, Wengen Year 2: Spring School, Geneva Year 2: Summer School, Lugano Total (4 semesters) 240 hrs 120 hrs 360 hrs 12 Distance learning courses may start either prior to or after the residential course (to prepare them or to go further) Course evaluations are conducted at the beginning of each semester. 2. Distance learning program A weekly training session is organized on a dedicated Internet platform where all PhD students are required to join during two hours, each week, for about 60 sessions within the two first years of the PhD. These courses are delivered according to 3 majors and one course to prepare for the Comprehensive Exams. MHL : Major in Health Leadership (2 x 1 hour sessions during 16 weeks) MGH : Major in Global Health (2 x 1 hour sessions during 12 weeks) MMR : Major in Methodology for Research (5 x 1 hour sessions, 4 of them during 16 weeks and one during 12 weeks) MCE : Preparation to Comprehensive Exams (1 hour sessions during 12 weeks) Distance learning Face to face Home work Total ECTS MHL 32h 16h 48h 2 MGH 24h 12h 36h 1 MMR 76h 32h 98h 3 MCE 12h 36h 48h 2 Total (4 semesters) 144 hrs 96 hrs 240 hrs 8
3 Evaluation of courses are specified at the begining of each semester. Evaluations are taken during residential weeks. B. THESIS OUTLINES Thesis outlines or proposals are submitted to the PhD Committee during the second session of the Spring School of Global Health, at Geneva, i.e. one year after enrollment in the PhD program. The thesis outlines include a presentation of the research project, with updates, and a feasability study of the research work to be achieved, with details on any troubles or problems met during the first months, and if any preliminary findings already obtained. At this stage, if the PhD student does not receive a mark as «satisfactory», he/her has one more chance to succeed at the next residential week.
4 Steering Committee Members Prof. Antoine Flahault, Directeur du programme et Président du Comité directeur, Institut de santé globale, Département de santé et médecine communautaires, Faculté de médecine, Université de Genève Prof. Antoine Geissbühler, Département de radiologie et informatique médicale, Faculté de médecine, Université de Genève Prof. François Chappuis, Département de santé et médecine communautaires, Faculté de médecine, Université de Genève Prof. Alain Gervaix, représentant du décanat, Département de pédiatrie, Faculté de médecine, Université de Genève Prof. Didier Pittet, Service de contrôle et prévention de l infection, Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève, Département de médecine des spécialités, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Genève Permanent Invited Members Prof. Nicolas Levrat, Institut de santé globale, Université de Genève Prof. Ilona Kickbusch, Institut des hautes études internationales et développement Prof. Doris Schopper, Centre d enseignement et de recherche en action humanitaire, Faculté de médecine, Université de Genève Prof. Clara James, Haute école de santé Genève Prof. Fred Paccaud, Ecole romande de santé publique Prof Dominique Sprumont, Directeur de l Institut de Droit de la Santé, Université de Neuchâtel Prof. Charlotte Braun, Directrice de la Swiss School of Public Health+ Prof. Gérard Escher, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Prof. Suzanne Hobbs, Université de North Carolina, USA Prof. Rajae El Aouad, Université Mohammed VI, Casablanca, Maroc Représentant de Malaya University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaisie
5 Responsables pressentis des modules de formation doctorale MLS : Leadership en santé (2 cours : Marcel Tanner et Gaudenz Silberschmidt) MSG : Santé globale (2 cours : Antoine Flahault et Ilona Kickbusch) MRS : Méthodologie de la recherche (5 cours Muriel Bochud, Walter Zingg, Kutalik Zoltan Emiliano Albanese, Dominique Sprumont) MCE : Préparation aux Comprehensive Exams (1 cours : Idris Guessous et Yves Jackson)