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International Ph.D. Program in Global Health, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster medicine

The International Doctoral Programme in Global Health, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Medicine is a joint PhD designed and offered by the Università del Piemonte Orientale (UPO), Italy, through the Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium, through the Research Group on Emergency and Disaster Medicine (ReGEDiM).

A Joint Ph.D. is a doctoral degree awarded by two different institutions, who share the responsibilities of supervising, coordinating and examining a researcher’s work towards the Ph.D. degree.

The Ph.D. program in Global Health, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Medicine aims to provide students with the generic and specific skills and competencies necessary to conduct high-quality scientific research in the fields of global health, humanitarian cooperation, and disaster medicine. and to disseminate the results internationally, helping to strengthen and expand international cooperation in the reference sectors. Ph.D. students will be accompanied by qualified professional teachers, experts in the development and dissemination of innovative research in the following areas (by way of example, but not limited to): global health, health, and medicine in natural and technological disasters, in crises and humanitarian conflicts, in situations of migration and displacement; humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance; disaster management for disaster risk reduction and global resilience; public health emergencies; health systems management; psychosocial aspects; ethical and legal aspects; design of educational systems and specific Curricula


PhD students will perform a research study with strong affiliation to one of the three main themes:

  1. Global health
  2. Humanitarian aid
  3. Disaster medicine.


This is a unique opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary and international way, building on knowledge, skills, interest and passion to carry out innovative research on global health, humanitarian aid or disaster medicine with mentorship from an expert faculty. Students will experience an international environment, become part of a stimulating network of researchers and pursue a prestigious academic career. PhD students will attend a two-week intensive induction course in Novara, where basic and advanced research and transferable skills will be taught. Afterwards, they will follow the route of their research proposal with the supervision of UPO and VUB senior researchers. Each student will be assigned a principal and a secondary supervisor at UPO and VUB. At the end of the first and second year of the PhD. program, the students are requested to submit a report describing the research activities performed that also includes a list of the attended didactical activities, of poster/oral communications presented at conferences, and a list of their publications. At the end of PhD course, the students must submit and defend their dissertation thesis.


UPO offers four scholarships of 1,132 €/month awarded to the four candidates who received the highest score in the selection process. At VUB there are no scholarships available for the current edition.


More details on the dedicated website