PhD in Health Sciences

Program Profile

Qualification Awarded

Doctoral Program (PhD) in Health Sciences

Level Of Qualification

PhD(3nd Cycle)


Greek and English

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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. contribute to the increase of the research output of the Department, through the increase in the publication volume and the external research funding.

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • 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
  • Identify the evolution and development of health behavior and health education theories, models and concepts
  • Articulate the assumptions, either explicit or implicit, that underlie selected theories, models and/or concepts
  • 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
  • Analyze a health-related problem for the factors amenable to planned change
  • Plan and implement health education programs for specific populations and in a variety of organizations
  • Critically analyze research and evaluation studies from the literature in terms of the appropriateness of their research questions, designs, methodologies, results and conclusions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative strategies in research and evaluation designs and analyses
  • Understand a range of analytic methods and select and apply the most appropriate ones to address specific research questions
  • 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
  • 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
  • Present study/project findings and conclusions in a clear and concise manner in both oral and written forms
  • Identify and apply key aspects of "good" scientific writing for peer-reviewed manuscripts, oral presentations and in research grants
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in critical thinking and discussion about the historical and conceptual roots of public health and health education
  • Analyze specific public health problems/issues in terms of their ethical and ideological underpinnings
  • Understand the effect and manifestations of institutionalized oppression (racism, sexism, and classism) and how these forces impact the health of populations


Your Future Career

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.