Doctoral programme in Epidemiology
Epidemiology can be defined as the science of disease occurrence in the population and its determinants. Disease is caused by complex interactions between genetic, environmental, lifestyle, social and behavioral factors.
Epidemiology draws on central concepts, principles and methods, and can be considered the methodological backbone in a number of medical research disciplines. A common feature of epidemiological applications is their theoretical and methodological basis, including tools for defining problems, designing studies and interpreting study results.
In the context of a strong research and educational environment, the Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology supply doctoral courses and other activities. The target group is doctoral students at Karolinska Institutet, who pursue doctoral studies in the field of epidemiology and related areas. Students with diverse professional and educational backgrounds take part in programme activities.
The overall aims of the programme are:
- to contribute to doctoral training at Karolinska Institutet by supplying doctoral courses and other activities of high quality, on tools for defining problems, central concepts, principles and methods essential for designing, conducting, analysing, interpreting, reporting, communicating and critiquing epidemiological studies,
- to consider progression, i.e. gradual deepening and complexity of knowledge and skills, in terms of subject matter, scientific and ethical approach as well as generic skills, as an issue of specific importance, and,
- to be excellent in education, meaning that the education should be scientifically based and be grounded in educational research.
Courses include introductory and more advanced courses in theory and methods, as well as courses focused on specific areas of epidemiological applications. A set of core courses in theory and methods (Epidemiology, I, II and III, and Biostatistics I, II and III) are arranged every academic year. A variety of elective courses are arranged regularly in order to enable tailoring of individualised study plans. Even more advanced courses are given more sporadically.
The courses are to be followed in a logical order and imply a gradual deepening and complexity of knowledge and skills, with regard to subject matter as well as scientific and ethical approach, and the ability to make judgements.
The courses are announced in the KI course catalogue for every semester.
Other educational activities
Doctoral student activities
Doctoral student activities arrange one to two activities per semester. These activities are planned and supported by the head of the programme.
The steering group for the Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology has the overall responsibility for the curriculum design and the quality of the programme by monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning activities.
Members of the Steering group:
Anita Berglund, head of programme
Matteo Bottai, teacher representative IMM
Mark Clements, teacher representative MEB
Maria Feychting, teacher representative IMM
Thomas Frisell, teacher representative KEP
Amaia Calderon Larrañaga, teacher representative NVS
Nicola Orsini, teacher representative GPH
Jette Möller, teacher representative GPH
Sara Öberg, teacher representative MEB
Anna Meyer, student representative IMM
Enoch Yi-Tung Chen, student representative KEP
Le Zhang, student representative MEB
Application and admission
Do you want to sign up for the doctoral programme in Epidemiology?
As a doctoral student at Karolinska Institutet (KI) you can sign up for one or more doctoral programmes and thus obtain information on the courses and activities that are arranged. An expression of interest is submitted when you apply for admission to doctoral education. In addition, you can submit your expression of interest to any programme at any time during the doctoral education. If you are interested in the courses and activities etc. in the Epidemiology programme, please send an email to Johanna Bergman (e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. This means that you will receive information directly from this programme. You may choose from what is offered, but you do not commit to participate in any activity. To attend a course organized within the framework of the programme, you need to apply as described below.
Application and admission to courses on doctoral level
Application to courses is made directly in the Course catalogue at KI. The available courses on the doctoral level are announced once per semester. The catalogue for courses is published on ki.se around April 15 or October 15 and is open for application during one month.
After the application period is closed the applicant can only be admitted according to availability. A late application is made directly to the course organizer. KI's courses are open for registered doctoral students at all universities and colleges. If space allows, other applicants may also be accepted.
Formal note about admission (or not) is emailed to the applicants within a month after the application time is closed. If you are not admitted, you will be asked for interest to be on the waiting list. The applicant needs to confirm participation by a form signed by the applicant and his/her supervisor.
All syllabi for courses at doctoral level at KI are collected in the KIWAS database.
Do you want to become a doctoral student at KI?
Doctoral education at KI (aiming for a Ph.D. degree) is to a large extent based on the individual research project of each doctoral student. The starting date is different for each doctoral student. The thematic doctoral programmes at KI are not organized “programmes” (e.g. as Master’s degree programmes) in the sense that a whole class studies together. Once admitted to doctoral education at KI, the doctoral student can sign up to one or several of KI’s doctoral programmes to obtain information about the courses and activities that are arranged within the specific research fields.
News and announcements
Workshop "Outcome-wide Epidemiology and Causal Inference" with Tyler J. VanderWeele, 15 March 2022
Application to Doctoral course Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Application: https://survey.ki.se/Survey/28107 (deadline April 22)
Doctoral course: ”Infectious Disease Epidemiology”
Dates: May 16-20, 2022
Venue: Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
Course director: Johan Giesecke, Professor Emeritus, Karolinska Institutet
Specific entry requirements: Knowledge in epidemiology and biostatistics equivalent to "Epidemiology I: Introduction to epidemiology" and "Biostatistics I: Introduction for epidemiologists", respectively, or corresponding courses.
Aim: This course is intended for doctoral students and Postdoctoral fellows who already have basic knowledge of general epidemiology, but who want to learn more about the specific concepts, methods and problems of the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
Intended learning outcomes: After successfully completing this course you as a student are expected to be able to:
- explain the concepts and terms used in infectious disease epidemiology
- list the steps of an outbreak investigation
- describe the functions and problems of a surveillance system
- design a simple model for an epidemic
- explain how population mixing patterns influence epidemic spread*
- design a study to test the effectiveness of a vaccine
Content: Definitions; immunity; transmission routes; outbreaks; vaccinology; surveillance; models and mixing patterns; specific outbreak examples, such as the COVID-19 outbreak; control systems.
Eligibility and selection (please note the Specific entry requirements stated above):
- Doctoral students admitted to doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet
Doctoral students in formal collaborative agreements on doctoral education, that is partnerships on doctoral level with KI, are classed in the same category as doctoral students admitted to doctoral education at KI.
- Post docs at KI
- Doctoral students from other universities
The applicant is admitted to doctoral education at a university in Sweden or abroad.
- Other applicants
This category includes applicants with a PhD (but not postdocs at KI, see above), e g teachers and researchers.
The course is arranged within the Swedish Interdisciplinary Graduate School in register-based research (SINGS), website: https://ki.se/en/imm/swedish-interdisciplinary-graduate-school-in-register-based-research-sings
Questions? Contact Anita Berglund, email@example.com
Webinar 19 January 2022
3-hours workshop 4 February 2022
Workshop - Transporting treatment effects from randomized trials to real-world target populations
Workshop “Introduction to Python for Health Researchers”, arranged by the Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet
Webinar - Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the conduct of scientific research and communication of its results