The University Of Georgia
Program name: Public Health
Study Level: Doctoral
Program leader: Giorgi Kamkamidze
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: PhD in Public Health
Program capacity: 0
Program permission: Acceptance of applications for admission to doctoral studies are announced once a year. Study begins in accordance with the academic calendar determined by the Academic Council. Enrolment of students is carried out by the order of the Rector on the basis of meeting prerequisites of the program: · The right to enroll to the Doctoral Program with have persons with a Master’s or equal academic degree; · Graduates from wide field of health and social welfare can study on the program. Also persons with master’s qualification in some detailed fields of healthcare management/administration, psychology and sociology; · Submission of international certificate (TOEFL, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, FCE and CERTUS) confirming knowledge of English at least at B2 level, submission of a document confirming studying at English-language BA/MA/PhD program abroad or passing doctoral program admission exam in English language. Minimum level of competence in English language is 60% of maximum score. · Presentation of research concept in the field of study; · GPA 3 and more
Program goals:

Prepare a scientist of broader profile in public health, who will be able to create new knowledge in the field, structurally understand and expand existing knowledge that will contribute to increasing health and well-being of the country's population and consequently, improve public and global health.

Graduate of doctoral program will have the knowledge based on the latest achievements in public health, will be able to research health determinants with the use of innovative technologies, evaluate results obtained through modern methods of their management, develop and teach complex learning modules in public health, prepare scientific projects in the fields of public health and implement them according to latest standards of management.

Doctoral program gives graduates the opportunity to hold leadership positions at higher educational and research institutions, health organizations, insurance companies which have health insurance services, international organizations, governmental and non-governmental bodies, scientific-research institutions related to public, global and international health policy.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  • Interactive teaching;
  • Literature review;
  • Scientific writing;
  • problem-solving cases;
  • Supervising;
  • learning through teaching;
  • Team teaching;
  • Presentation;
  • Project;
  • Critical analysis;
  • Discussion;
  • Laboratory;
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • Program graduate will have:

    Systemic knowledge of public health, system(s), latest trends and approaches to service development, global health and strategies, advanced knowledge in multidimensional mechanism and evidences of action, understanding necessity of evidence-based management of factors determining the population health (globalization, climate change, lifestyle and behavior change, cultural and psychosocial factors, health systems/services, etc.);
    Systemic knowledge critical analysis of mainly used types of modern research design, identify validity of argument during comparison of various theories of the philosophy of science;
    Systematization, critical rethinking of existing knowledge in public health and health policy (environmental health, health promotion, epidemiology, peculiarities of management of chronic and communicable diseases, ethics of health philosophy and research, health systems and service delivery) on the interdisciplinary level, systemic knowledge of essentials in development of scientific papers/projects according to advanced requirements, active teaching strategies and pedagogical communication;  

  • Skills
  • Program graduate will be able to:  

    Independently plan, implement and supervise activities aimed at evaluation of the peculiarities (equity, accessibility, benefits, coverage) of public, global and individual health services;
    Implement epidemiological and biostatistical research methods and practically apply special software for this purpose;
    Create a new knowledge through multidisciplinary approach to health promotion and systemic management of diseases, critically analyze, synthesize and evaluate new and complicated, sometimes contradictory ideas and approaches aimed at creation of new knowledge, or re-valuation of existing knowledge and formation and development of relevant health products;
    Adapt to new challenges in knowledge and practice in public health and health policy in a constantly changing environment, develop and deliver training courses in the field of public health.

  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • Program graduate will have: 

    Demonstrate in international referenced sources and to international professional scientific and wide society and supervise new ideas constructed on evidence system, and derived from scientific research in public health respecting the professional integrity, copyright and ethical issues.

  • Date of approval: 11-30-2006
    Approval protocol number: 4
    Date of program update: 04-08-2020
    Update protocol number: 37-20
    Program details:
    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    Program structure, duration, credits distiribution and requirements:

    ·         Program consists of 60 ECTS of study component (50 ECTS  main and 10 ECTS elective sunjects) and 120 ECTS of research component.

    ·         Teaching of study components is semester-based (semester – 22 weeks). Study course is delivered in an intensive form of teaching, which includes daily teaching (lecture, seminar, practical), subject modules once every two weeks in some subjects, mid-term assessments, final exams. Final exams are held in the weeks of exam period;

    ·         Doctoral student is assigned an advisory board, the scientific-advisory board consists of 3 members with PhD degree, and if there is a co-supervisor - of 4 members. Board is carrying out the planning work of the doctoral student educational process, is reviewing a research grant project of the student, which he/she intends to submit to the school for obtaining the funding. The Board also provides schedule of planning the research component. Changes in the proposed schedule/plan can be made upon justified demand of the student. Procedures and regulations for conducting study courses and research, defending the dissertation paper are outlined (Statute of the University of Georgia on Doctoral Teaching);

    ·         Research component is mainly carried out in the second and third academic years, however, by the supervisor’s decision certain works may begin from the very first year.

    ·         Study components are supervised by relevant subject curators, and research components - scientific supervisors, in some cases – co-supervisors of doctoral students. In study components of the program international experts and specialists in the field are involved.

    ·         Doctoral student is authorized to define loading of academic semester in the framework of minimum of 15 ECTS and maximum of 30 ECTS (so called Full time and Part time).

    ·         Depending on the topic and volume of the work, doctoral student can conduct research both within and outside the country. Research tool is discussed at the Bioethics Council (Statute on Activities of Bioethics Committee), and after its positive decision, research is conducted.

    ·         Researches can be supported by the scientific grants of the School of Health Sciences (Statute on Scientific Grants of the School), as well as other relevant scientific research projects, obtained by doctoral student or scientific supervisor according to established rules.

    ·         Doctoral student is obliged to publish one article on the research results in specified/provided relevant referenced impact factor scientific journa (index = 2 and more) l prior to defence of doctoral thesis or submit the notice from editorial office confirming its publication in future, one scientific article in referenced journal, have made speech at least at one international conference in the field in relation to research topic.

    Note: Doctoral student will be admitted to the defense of the thesis if all these preconditions are fulfilled.

    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    METH 7117modern teaching strategies in height education5 1
    PDPR 7217education practice5 2
    PHDH7120Scientific writing and research project in Health Care7 1
    PHDH7130Research methods, Bio-statistics and Epidemiology13 1
    PHDH7210Public health and Global healthcare15 2
    PHDH7100Health Philosophy and Ethic of Research5 1
    PHDH8110Research0 3

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    PHDH7220Social Services and Research in Public Health10
    PHDH7230Evidence Based Healthcare and Economics10

    Credits sum:


    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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