Doctoral program in Global Health (PhD)

Application requirements and online application

Applicant profile

The PhD program is aimed at working professionals residing in Switzerland or abroad with the potential of becoming global health leaders, academics and researchers. The program does not exclude the potential of being a Geneva based full-time PhD candidate, providing that (s)he is able to locate full scholarship covering living and working expenses. PhD candidates come from various health professional levels such as directors, mid-career managers and leaders in governmental / non governmental health agencies, program officers, and other mid-level or senior managers working for foundations. The program also aims to include other public health professional such as entrepreneurs and individuals working in nontraditional settings.

The focus of the PhD program is to enable candidates who are working nationally and internationally as health professionals to develop implementation research by further strengthening  their  academic and research skills. Therefore, the PhD curriculum is not only relevant to all health professionals at all career levels in the global context, it is ideal for those who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding of health applying the global health approach.

Application requirements

  • hold a master’s degree from a Swiss University or abroad, or a Swiss High School (Haute école suisse), or any other degrees accepted by the Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  • have several years of post-graduate work experience in the field of global health. Although all applicants are expected to hold one of the academic criteria stated above, professional work experience is highly regarded.
  • be employed and a written letter of support must be provided from the employer.
  • submit a project proposal
  • be fluent in english
  • optional : produce a support letter from an identified thesis supervisor (professor or “maître d’enseignement et de recherche (MER)” grade ) from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva.


Online application portal will open in january 2022 till april 2022


MANDATORY Documents 


The mandatory documents to be prepared before application are:

  • a motivation letter
  • your master degree
  • a support letter from your employer
  • your CV
  • a publications list
  • your project proposal (4-10 pages) 

Other documents can be added (not mandatory)

  • identified supervisor support letter
  • transcripts of grades obtained  in epidemiology or in statistics