PhD Programme Epidemiology

The PhD programme “Epidemiology” is a three-year doctoral programme in the area of epidemiological research and is coordinated by the Department of Epidemiology of the HZI.

The PhD programme is a collaborative effort of the Department of Epidemiology, the HZI Grad School and the HBRS (MHH). After successful completion, candidates will be awarded a PhD or, in some instances, a Dr. rer. nat.

Current admissions for the PhD Programme are only possible if funding is assured by the applicant (e.g. by a scholarship or a third party).


Only complete applications, including a CV, a motivational letter, the last university certificate as well as a draft of a research project (template) will be accepted.

PhD project outlines for the PhD application should be based on the research topics (PDF) of the Department of Epidemiology at HZI. However, independent, original ideas are welcome as well if they are compatible with the overall research focus of the Department.

After successful application, admission will be followed by enrollment at the MHH at the earliest date possible (begin of each semester). 


  • University degree (master's degree or equivalent) in the area of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, natural science, or in another subject area with a biomedical or health relevant focus 
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken
  • Knowledge and prior experience in the area of epidemiological methods and statistics equivalent to a degree like MSE, MSc Epidemiology, MPH, or MSAE.  In individual cases, where such formal degree is lacking, successfully passed courses in the field of statistics and epidemiology with 120 contact hours and/or 10 ETCs can also be acknowledged.

Funding and finances:

Doctoral researchers are funded in different ways, either as employees at the Department for Epidemiology, as research assistants in ongoing projects or supported by individual fellowships (e.g. DAAD) or other sources.

There are no tuition fees. Please, check the website for the regular semester fee of the MHH, which includes the semester ticket for public transportation.


Prof. Dr. Gérard Krause

Dr. Jördis J. Ott
Dr. Stefanie Castell

Department of Epidemiology
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Inhoffenstraße 7
38124 Braunschweig

Phone: + 49 (0) 531 6181 - 3101

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