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PhD Medical Research - Epidemiology & Public Health


The PhD program in Medical Research with the specialisation in epidemiology and public health is an interdisciplinary program, promoting research activities in these areas. The PhD follows the philosophy of "tailor-made learning": the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), which comprises three supervisors, and the PhD candidate jointly agree on the research project and required training needs, thereby ensuring that the particular training and supervision needs of each PhD candidate are met.

The PhD is part of the Pettenkofer School of Public Health, which operates as a platform for teaching and research in the Munich area, and consists of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, the Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (Bavarian Health and Food Safety Agency) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU).

PhD Projects

The PhD students should propose their own research project, as well as indicate a preferred supervisor.

Research Focus Subjects

Within the Pettenkofer School of Public Health, we have on-going research projects in the following areas:

  • Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics in Complex Diseases
  • Molecular Epidemiology of Complex Phenotypes
  • Clinical Trials and Translational Medicine
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Prevention
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Evidence-based Public Health through Primary Research and Systematic Reviews
  • Evidence-based Prevention and Modelling of Chronic Diseases
  • Methods for and Analysis of Clinical Trials and Registry Studies

You find more detailled information about our research areas in our core research area list.

However, proposals in other research areas in the fields of epidemiology and public health are also welcome.

Structure of the PhD

The intended duration is 3 years and 30 ECTS need to be acquired in relevant training activities. The specific research and training content is defined in close collaboration between the supervisors and the PhD candidate.

The PhD can be obtained by either submitting a PhD thesis (in English) or by accumulating peer-reviewed international publications.

Requirements & Application

Mandatory prerequisites:

  • Master degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. medicine, pharmacy, natural sciences, psychology, social sciences, statistics, sport sciences, economics, law, communication sciences)
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written)
  • Good mathematical and statistical skills

The application procedure consists of two steps:

  • Application documents are uploaded into the application tool before 31st of January 2017 and evaluated with respect to the suitability of the applicant and the suitability of the research project.
  • If the application documents are evaluated positively, applicants are invited to attend an interview. This may also serve as a first step towards making the research project more concrete and exploring the composition of a Thesis Advisory Committee.

The application period for the Winter Semester 2017/18 ended on January 31st, 2017.

The following documents will be necessary for upload:
If not indicated differently, all documents have to be provided in English.

You will also need to provide:

  • Letter of Motivation (maximum of 3000 characters)
  • Motivation/Short Summary for the proposed project (maximum 2500 characters)
  • Contact deatils of two referees that would provide an academic recommendation for you

 * English or German accepted

For foreign students, please check eligibility of your degree using the following instructions.


The PhD program is free of charge. It should be noted that travel expenses, accommodation and costs of living (estimated at €1.000 - 1.500 per month), as well as enrolment fees (€113 per semester) have to be covered by the students themselves.

Further Information & Contact

Program coordinator:

Dr. Magdalena Baer Radermacher
Institut für Medizinische Informationsverarbeitung, Biometrie und Epidemiologie
Marchioninistr. 15
81377 München
Tel: +49 89 4400 74599
Fax: +49 89 4400 77491
Email: phd@ibe.med.uni-muenchen.de
(office hrs: 08:00 - 14:00, Monday to Friday)


Monika Darchinger
Program Assistant PhD Epidemiology & Public Health / ERAWEB
Institute of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBE)
Marchioninistr. 15
81377 Munich / Germany
Tel.: +49 89 4400 74495
Email: phd@ibe.med.uni-muenchen.de
(office hrs: 08:00 - 13:00, Monday to Friday)

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