The Public Health Doctoral Network (Réseau Doctoral en Santé Publique) contributes to the creation of a community of professionals and researchers who share a common culture in public health.
The Doctoral Network thus builds upon:
- multidisciplinary training of PhD students,
- interdisciplinary practice,
- international experience.
- Member doctoral schools
- Studying for a PhD as part of the Doctoral Network
- Applying to the Doctoral Network
An interdisciplinary public health network
The Public Health Doctoral Network, created in 2008 and coordinated by the EHESP (School for Higher Studies in Public Health), consists of 10 member doctoral schools from all over France, covering a number of complementary fields (Biostatistics and information sciences; Epidemiology; Health, Environment and labour; Economy, Management, health law and policy; Social sciences, humanities and behavioural sciences; Nursing)
The Public Health Doctoral Network aims to facilitate multidisciplinary training of PhD students and develop their interdisciplinary and international practice in order, in the long term, to promote the emergence of a community of professionals and researchers that share a common culture in public health.
With this end in mind, the PhD students receive multidisciplinary training in public health in addition to the training that they pursue in their doctoral school. The Doctoral Network also encourages PhD students to carry out research in a laboratory abroad.
Each year, the Doctoral Network awards several doctoral contracts which allow the selected PhD students to obtain 3 years of funding for their PhD thesis.
The member doctoral schools of the Doctoral Network are located all over France
- ED 62 “Life and health sciences” – Aix-Marseille University
- ED 92 “Life-Agronomy-Health” – University of Rennes 1
- ED 262 “Law, management, international relations” – Paris Descartes University
- ED 266 “Biology, health and environment” – University of Lorraine
- ED 286 – EHESS – School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences
- ED 393 “Pierre Louis doctoral school of public health: epidemiology and biomedical information science” – UPMC
- ED 420 “Public Health” – Paris-Sud – Paris Descartes – Paris-Sud University
- ED 505 “Human, organisational and social sciences” – University of Rennes 1
- ED SP2 “Society, politics, public health” – Victor Ségalen Bordeaux 2 University
Marie-Aline Bloch and Judith Mueller awarded the prize for the best poster to Violeta Moya Alvarez at the 2014 Doctoral Network Scientific Meetings.
The PhD students enrol in one of the member doctoral schools and thus respect the obligations of their doctoral school. They conduct their research project with their host team and pursue the training provided by their doctoral school.
In addition, as members of the Doctoral Network, their PhD theses must also comply with the rules of the Doctoral Network:
- The thesis must be completed within 3 years, or 6 years in the case of practising professionals completing their theses on a part-time basis.
- The thesis may be written in French or English If it is written in English, a substantial abstract in French will be requested, and vice versa if the thesis is written in French
- The PhD must concern a main public health pathway as well as a secondary pathway (Biostatistics and information sciences; Epidemiology; Health, environment and labour; Economy, Management, Health law and policy; Social sciences, humanities and behavioural sciences; Nursing)
- The PhD student receives multidisciplinary training and validates 30 training credits
- The PhD student is encouraged to carry out research in a laboratory abroad
- The PhD student’s work must be closely supervised
Training and credits
The PhD students of the Doctoral Network are required to undergo additional doctoral training in public health. This 3-year training programme is worth 30 credits.
Throughout the thesis, the PhD student must:
- undergo training in all of the public health pathways in addition to the main pathway that the PhD concerns
- Organise an interdisciplinary seminar on public health, along with PhD students working on other public health pathways
- Attend an interdisciplinary seminar on public health organised by the PhD students of the Doctoral Network
- Write an interdisciplinary synopsis in the third year of the PhD thesis
- Participate in the Doctoral Network’s Scientific Meetings
- Attend the seminar “PhD thesis guide” at the start of the thesis
- Partake in a choice of other activities including: public health training, interdisciplinary seminars, Scientific Meetings, research in a laboratory abroad, institutional activities at the EHESP, etc.
Download schedule 2014/2015 (pdf 314 ko)
Why study for a PhD as a member of the Doctoral Network?
The Scientific Meetings provide the opportunity to involve leading figures. Marisol Touraine (the Minister of Health) participated in 2013.
By becoming members of the Doctoral Network, PhD students benefit from:
- a doctoral contract: Every year, the Doctoral Network awards doctoral contracts based on the results of an entrance examination. If you send your application form in good time, you may apply for a doctoral contract.
- additional public health training: The PhD students receive interdisciplinary training that is provided free of charge by the EHESP and the member doctoral schools of the Doctoral Network. For this, they receive a mobility grant to enable them to travel to the training venue.
- aid for studying abroad: PhD students are encouraged to carry out research abroad. For this, they can receive a specific mobility grant to enable them to carry out research in a laboratory or attend a summer school abroad.
- exchanges with peers: As part of the Doctoral Network, the PhD students meet other PhD students and professors working on disciplines that are similar or complementary to their own speciality subjects in the field of public health. The Scientific Meetings, in particular, encourage these exchanges.
- The Doctoral Network label: The PhD students who meet the Doctoral Network criteria are awarded the label “Thesis prepared within the Doctoral Network for public health, coordinated by the EHESP” .
The Doctoral Network label
The PhD students receive a PhD degree issued by the doctoral school in which they are enrolled. If they have met the Doctoral Network criteria, their thesis will be awarded the label ‘Thesis prepared within the Doctoral Network for public health, coordinated by the EHESP”. Co-awarding of the PhD degree by the EHESP is being put in place.
Applications to the Doctoral Network are now closed.
Applications for Doctoral contracts are now closed.
2014 PhD vivas
- Audrey Bonaventure, “Risk factors for childhood leukaemia and gene-environment interactions”: 06/03/2014
- Marine Brogat, “Development of a method for multiple solid phase extraction and fractionation (MSP2E) of organic micropollutants”: 19/03/2014
- Chloé Gervès, “Economic assessment of the impacts of Alzheimer’s Disease: a societal perspective. “: 01/06/2014
- Fred Andayi: “Individual risk determinants of influenza A (H1N1) and swine flu infections in Djibouti; a longitudinal prospective cohort study investigating the epidemiological, environmental, viral genetic, human immunogenomic and social economic factors in the causation of H1N1”: 11/06/2014
- Nathalie Bonvallot, “Application of metabolomics to the study of the link between environmental exposure to pesticides during pregnancy and child development: epidemiological and toxicological approaches”: 13/06/2014
- Claire Demoury, “Role of residential radon and extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields in the incidence of childhood leukaemia”: 20/06/2014
- Cécile Dupin, “French nursing research: epistemological and sociological approach”: 03/07/2014
From the end of 2014, the PhD students of the Doctoral Network will offer interdisciplinary seminars in which participants from various disciplines will be able to exchange about various public health issues. These seminars will last around a day, and will usually take place at the EHESP or the member doctoral schools.
The Scientific Meetings of the Doctoral Network are organised every year and allow the PhD students of the Doctoral Network to present their research and exchange about public health issues within an interdisciplinary context.
Download schedule 2015 (pdf, 300 kb)
The association PH’Doc is an association of PhD and post-doctoral students and former PhD students of the EHESP Doctoral Network. Its aim is to represent, promote, create and develop the interests of its members, both at local, national and international level, by organising exchanges and developing a range of activities.
Contact the association.
Tel : +33 (0) 2 99 02 25 19 ou +33 (0) 2 99 02 27 95