PhD in Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences

PhD in Health Sciences

PhD in Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences

PhD in Health Sciences

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Duration4 years (full-time study)

Fees
€13,500 for whole program

LanguageGreek

CampusNicosia - Limassol

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Qualification Awarded Doctoral Program (PhD) in Health Sciences
Level Of Qualification PhD (3rd Cycle Degree)
Offered by Department of Nursing
Mode of Study Full Time or Part Time

The PhD Program in Health Sciences aims to develop scientists in the domain of Health Sciences with the necessary background knowledge, skills, experiences, ethos and capabilities that will enable them to contribute on the development of research and knowledge on the specific domain. Based on their advance knowledge and research skills concerning their particular domain of interest, PhD students with the guidance of their academic supervisors are expected to be productive members of the respective research society and the whole educational community, by extending the boundaries of what is already known.

The specific program is central to fulfil the Department, the School and the University mission through advancing its research dimension and enabling the establishment of the University, the School and the Department in the regional and international scene. Additionally, the program aims to:

(a) provide a framework for conducting original and innovative state-of-the-art research, leading to the creation of new useful knowledge, that will be beneficial to the science, the economy and the society;
(b) develop highly educated graduates, equipped with the knowledge, skills, ethos and capabilities that will enable them to seek a successful career as researchers or as leading officials in a relevant industry sector;
(c) contribute to the increase of the research output of the Department, through the increase in the publication volume and the external research funding.

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
1. Analyze health- related problems using theories, models and/or concepts from the social and behavioral sciences to better understand the social, cultural, economic, political, interpersonal, and intrapersonal determinants of health
2. Identify the evolution and development of health behavior and health education theories, models and concepts
3. Articulate the assumptions, either explicit or implicit, that underlie selected theories, models and/or concepts
4. Evaluate the advantages and limitations of health education strategies such as policy-making, organization development, community organizing, self-help support groups, interpersonal counseling, mass media health education campaigns, and social marketing
5. Analyze a health-related problem for the factors amenable to planned change
6. Plan and implement health education programs for specific populations and in a variety of organizations
7. Critically analyze research and evaluation studies from the literature in terms of the appropriateness of their research questions, designs, methodologies, results and conclusions
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative strategies in research and evaluation designs and analyses
9. Understand a range of analytic methods and select and apply the most appropriate ones to address specific research questions
10. Translate/operationalize components of a conceptual framework into variables that the student has developed and/or that has emerged from a critical evaluation of existing measures and instruments
11. Conceptualize a research problem or an evaluation issue and design and carry out a study to address that problem/issue using appropriate research and analytic methods
12. Present study/project findings and conclusions in a clear and concise manner in both oral and written forms
13. Identify and apply key aspects of "good" scientific writing for peer-reviewed manuscripts, oral presentations and in research grants
14. Demonstrate an ability to engage in critical thinking and discussion about the historical and conceptual roots of public health and health education
15. Analyze specific public health problems/issues in terms of their ethical and ideological underpinnings
16. Understand the effect and manifestations of institutionalized oppression (racism, sexism, and classism) and how these forces impact the health of populations.

Upon completion of the Doctorate Program, graduates will have a coherent body of knowledge and skills in, Health Sciences, Health Services Management and Units or other related academic field. They will also be familiar with scientific research methods and gain practical experience. It is noted that in recent years it has been observed that the need for research documentation and support for professional practice is increasing. All of this will allow them to have a wide range of career options in the following areas of employment in Cyprus:
- Public Sector: Employing agencies in the broader Cyprus Public Sector and / or abroad that design or provide health care at all levels (primary, secondary and tertiary health care). More specifically: centralized or decentralized units of the Ministry of Health, hospitals, health centers and other public services or health care units.
- Freelancers: Holders of a PhD in Health Sciences will be able to work as specialized freelancers in Cyprus and abroad. There is a need for specialized staff in the field of health, given the launch of the GHS, the operation of primary health care (eg Family Practitioners), the ongoing upgrading of Health Services..
- Participation in research programs and working groups: PhD graduates will either be able to participate in research programs as research partners or to claim funding for their own research proposals as Coordinators. Particular emphasis is given to the continued increase in research funding available from the Cypriot Government, the European Union and other international organizations which creates significant employment prospects in this field.

Application Form: Click here to fill in online and download (pdf)

Admission to the doctoral program is done after the announcement of doctoral positions by the Department, followed by an application by the interested applicant. Eligible applicants must hold a university degree, Bachelor’s and Master’s, granted by an institution recognized in the country where it operates. Applicants who do not hold their first degree at the time of application, but will hold such a degree before the commencement of the graduate program, are also eligible to apply but must submit a letter from their University’s Registrar verifying that they are indeed eligible to graduate. The decision on their admission does not become official until the degree has been successfully produced.

Each application for admission should include:
- A completed application form.
- A Curriculum Vitae indicating the student’s education, academic and research experience, any publications, awards, etc.
- A Research Statement. Candidates with prior graduate studies are required to submit a brief research statement (up to 600 words) stating the area in which they are interested in conducting research. Candidates with no prior graduate level studies do not need to submit a research statement.
- At least two letters of recommendation from academic or professional advisors.
- Certified copies of all degrees and transcripts.
- Copies of any other supporting material, such as exams, honours, awards, etc.
- Proof of English language proficiency, such as the TOEFL, the IELTS, or other equivalent language examinations. Candidates, who have completed an undergraduate or graduate program where the instruction language was English, satisfy the proof of English language proficiency requirement.

The application material must be submitted in English.

All applications for admission are evaluated by the Doctoral Program Committee. All applicants satisfying the admissions requirements are invited for a personal interview by the Doctoral Program Committee. The criteria for the evaluation of the candidates are the following:
- Academic background
- Research background
- Recommendation letters
- Additional qualifications

If necessary, the Doctoral Program Committee may invite a candidate for a personal interview.

After completing the evaluation process, the Doctoral Program Committee submits to the Council of the Department a Program Admission Evaluation Report on its decision. This report includes a justified suggestion of the Committee on the acceptance/rejection of the candidate’s application, possible conditions for admission, transfer credits, and research area. If appropriate, the Committee may suggest in this report the Research Advisor and the members of the Research Advisory Committee.

The program is structured in six (6) semesters of 30 ECTS credits each. The minimum duration of the program is six semesters (180 ECTS).

A doctoral student is awarded the doctoral title after a successful completion of the requirements specified in the program structure. These requirements include the successful completion of the following:
- Doctoral Level Courses
- Comprehensive Exam
- Graduate Seminar Courses
- Defence of Research Proposal
- Paper Publications
- Doctoral Dissertation Submission
- Doctoral Dissertation Defence

Module Group
ECTS

The student must successfully complete 180 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1PHDHM111RESEARCH METHODOLOGY:EPIDEMIOLOGY103
2PHDHM112RESEARCH METHODOLOGY:BIO-STATISTICS103
3PHDHM113RESEARCH METHODOLOGY:DESIGN OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL103
4PHDHM114RESEARCH PLANNING II103
5PHDHM115RESEARCH PROPOSAL103
6PHDHM116GRADUATE SEMINAR I103
7PHDHM117PAPER PREPARATION I103
8PHDHM118PHD QUALIFYING EXAM103
9PHDHM119GRADUATE SEMINAR II103
10PHDHM120GRADUATE RESEARCH103
11PHDHM121PAPER SUBMISSION I103
12PHDHM122GRADUATE SEMINAR III103
13PHDHM123DISSERTATION WRITING I103
14PHDHM124PAPER PREPARATION II103
15PHDHM125GRADUATE SEMINAR IV103
16PHDHM126DISSERTATION WRITING II103
17PHDHM127PAPER SUBMISSION II103
18PHDHM128ORAL PRESENTATION103

The student must successfully complete 60 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1MHM521HEALTH SYSTEMS AND EVALUATION OF HEALTH SYSTEMS, SERVICES AND PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS104
2MHM522INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT HEALTH SERVICES AND HUMAN RESOURCES IN HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS104
3MHM507HEALTH QUALITY MANAGEMENT52
4MHM524OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING IN HEALTH SYSTEMS AND SERVICES104
5MHM525HEALTH ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HEALTH SERVICES104
6MHM525HEALTH ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HEALTH SERVICES104
7MHM526RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 53
8MHM527HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS52
9MHM528SOCIAL AND BEHAVIOURAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT - HEALTH LAW AND ETHICAL ISSUES104
Total
180
Semesters
ECTS
No.CodeNameECTS
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDHM111RESEARCH METHODOLOGY:EPIDEMIOLOGY10
2PHDHM112RESEARCH METHODOLOGY:BIO-STATISTICS10
3PHDHM113RESEARCH METHODOLOGY:DESIGN OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDHM114RESEARCH PLANNING II10
2PHDHM115RESEARCH PROPOSAL10
3PHDHM116GRADUATE SEMINAR I10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDHM117PAPER PREPARATION I10
2PHDHM118PHD QUALIFYING EXAM10
3PHDHM119GRADUATE SEMINAR II10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDHM120GRADUATE RESEARCH10
2PHDHM121PAPER SUBMISSION I10
3PHDHM122GRADUATE SEMINAR III10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDHM123DISSERTATION WRITING I10
2PHDHM124PAPER PREPARATION II10
3PHDHM125GRADUATE SEMINAR IV10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDHM126DISSERTATION WRITING II10
2PHDHM127PAPER SUBMISSION II10
3PHDHM128ORAL PRESENTATION10
TOTAL30


 

 
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