PhD in Global Health / International Public Health


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Program Description


The EUCLID DIPH is a highly specialized and practical doctoral program that has been primarily designed for active civil servants and governmental officials. It is not “US” or “EU” or “UK” or “China” centric but rather reflect a truly global and intergovernmental vision. This online-delivered program aims at “preparing expert leaders for international civil service and global careers.”


This program focuses on the application of theoretical knowledge to real-world public health practice, rather than on the advancement of academic knowledge for its own sake. The DIPH was primarily designed to train government staff already working in the field, but it is certainly suitable to prepare other professionals and outstanding students for careers with governmental bodies, NGOs, multinational corporations and international organizations such as the WHO, European Union, the African Union, ECOWAS, etc.

On account of its low tuition and institutional relationships, it is of special interest to European, African and “Small Islands” students. The EUCLID DIPH is a unique program in the sense that it is the only Doctoral degree program in International Public Health actually offered by an intergovernmental organization chartered to do so, thus allowing direct interaction with practitioners as well as opening rare internship opportunities.


Required Courses:

  • ACA-401D (Academic Writing at the Ph.D. level)
  • TPH-499 (Argumentation and Critical Thinking)
  • IPH-GH (Global Health Studies)
  • IPH-GHC (Global Health Case Studies)
  • T-DTH1 (Doctoral Dissertation Phase 1)
  • T-DTH2 (Doctoral Dissertation Phase 2)
  • T-DTH3 (Doctoral Dissertation Phase 3)
  • T-DTH4 (Doctoral Dissertation Phase 4)
  • T-DTH5 (Doctoral Dissertation Phase 5)

Electives (may be required depending on previous studies):

  • IPH-EPI (Epidemiology)
  • IPH-STAT (Biostatistics)
  • IPH-HIV (HIV/AID Module)
  • IPH-MTD (Malaria and Tropical Diseases)
  • IPH-POP (Population and Reproductive Health Issues)
  • Various Coursera modules are used for supplemental learning and certification options.


Applicants must have a Master’s degree or its international equivalent (e.g. MPH, MSc Epidemiology), issued by an institution recognized or accredited by the appropriate ministry or public agency. Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without a qualifying degree if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the DIPH. Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested. Students are expected to be in a position to dedicate a least 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.


In consultation with his or her assigned advisor, the student will write a doctoral thesis making a contribution to international global health, which has a standard value of 25 USCH. The following areas of research and concentration are our focus:

  • Tropical Diseases
  • Global Health Diplomacy
  • Education in IPH
  • Global Health Bioethics


Because EUCLID was established to train active senior officials and government staff, our students can be assured that their peers and fellow alumni will form a high-level network.


Credit values are expressed both in terms of USCH (US credit hour) and ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Typically, 14 hours of classroom instruction over the course of 1 semester represents 1 USCH or 1.5 ECTS (plus self-study time), which is converted to the equivalent amount of study in the context of a distance program. The total credit value for the completed DIPH, according to international standards, is 90 USCH beyond the Bachelor’s (of which 25 are for the dissertation).


EUCLID has ongoing enrollment (intake) for this program. It is acceptable to apply several months in advance but it is recommended to apply 60-40 days in advance. General public slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

EUCLID is, like the European Central Bank, NATO or the African Union, an international intergovernmental organization (IGO).

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