MD-PhD Epidemiology / Public Health including Insurance Medicine

Students with a Master in Medicine can apply for the MD-PhD Epidemiology / Public Health including Insurance Medicine. The Faculty of Medicine awards for a completed PhD study the grade of “Dr. med.” and “Dr. sc. med.” (MD PhD). The duration of the study is three years and structured by the PhD regulations of the Faculty of Medicine. Besides a Master in Medicine, ideally the candidates should already have experiences with public health sciences (for example Master Thesis in epidemiology, summer schools, active participation in research programs during the elective year etc.).

Registration and formalities:
The PhD Board of the Faculty of Medicine decides on the admission to the MD-PhD Program. All necessary documents have to be received by the board on the respective dates. More information on the Department of Public Health and its affiliated institutes are here. For further information about this MD-PhD you may contact Nino.Kuenzli(at)

There are two main avenues of funding the MD-PhD career. Many PhD studies are funded through projects of the PhD supervisor. Excellent students can apply for a highly competitive grant at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). To do so, they have to submit all necessary documents in electronical form until 15 December to Nicole Salvisberg (Nicole.salvisberg(at)usb(dot)ch) after acceptance by the PhD Board of the Faculty of Medicine. A sub-commission evaluates which candidates can present themselves at the Swiss National Science Foundation. Please note that for these competitive grants above-average achievements and publications, experiences in public health sciences – in particular epidemiology – or participation in public health oriented research programs are a big advantage.

When applying for the MD-PhD grant at the SNSF it is recommended to do that before finishing the medical studies. The procedures are the same as described above. If your application is accepted by the PhD Board you receive a provisional admission from the University of Basel which you can submit to the SNSF.
If candidates receive a provisional admission their application will not be evaluated a second time by the PhD Board if they submit their application later on to the Student Administration Office.

Ausführungsbestimmungen MD-PhD

Note: deadline only once a year on 15 December