The University Of Georgia
Program name: Public Health
Study Level: Doctoral
Program leader: Carla Jean Berg
Giorgi Kamkamidze
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: PhD in Public Health
Program capacity: 60
Program permission: The acceptance of applications for doctoral programs is announced once a year. Studies begin according to the academic calendar established by the academic council. Enrollment of students is carried out by order of the presidents, based on meeting the prerequisites for admission to the program. A person with a master's degree in the broad field of health care and social welfare, or an academic degree equivalent to it, can study at the doctoral program; or · Applicants with non-health qualifications if they are certified by one of the following: a) issues/subjects considering the areas of public health competencies (health policy and management, epidemiology-biostatistics, research methods, project management, health services management, ethics and bioethics, health and medicine History, health insurance, healthy lifestyle, behavior change, practice in the field of health care, (bachelor/master's thesis and others) with a volume of at least 60 ECTS credits; for which the characterization of the applicant by the supervisor from the workplace should be additionally presented at the interview; c) at least 2 years of experience in research activities in social health and/or health care with presentation of appropriate results; For which, at the interview, the characterization of the applicant by the head of the research, indicating his role and place in the research, a relevant article, or the presentation of the research results at professional conferences should be presented. · A person whose knowledge of the English language at least B2 level is confirmed by a relevant international certificate (TOEFL, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, FCE and CERTUS), by a document confirming studying abroad in an English-language bachelor's/master's/doctoral program or by passing an English language exam acceptable to a doctorate program at the University of Georgia. When passing the university foreign language exam, the minimum level of competence in English is 60% of the maximum grade. If the requirements related to qualifications and competences are met, the applicant is obliged to submit a research concept in the direction of the subject to be studied, based on a positive assessment of which the enrollment is carried out.
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:
    • Critically analyzes and evaluates the prevalent research designs in contemporary health sciences, encompassing qualitative research; establishes the validity of a systematic argument when comparing various theories within the philosophy of science.
    • Critically analyzes and systematizes knowledge in public health and health policy at an interdisciplinary level (environmental health, health promotion, epidemiology, chronic and communicable disease management, health philosophy, research ethics, health systems, and service delivery), adepts at evaluating scientific papers and projects relevant to contemporary development requirements; applyes active teaching strategies and pedagogical communication.
    • Provids comprehensive research planning, process management, data acquisition, and in-depth analysis; adepts at utilizing both qualitative and mixed research methods to investigate complex issues in the field.
    • Demonstrates proficiency in the practical application of epidemiological and biostatistical research methods.
    • Actively participates in and planns studies aimed at evaluating the key features of public, global, and individual medical services; possess the skills necessary to supervise and oversee the entire research process; contributes to the improvement of healthcare services through evidence-based evaluations and the implementation of effective research protocols.
    • Innovates and devises strategies aimed at enhancing the public health system; conducts research, addressing practical challenges, and applying interdisciplinary approaches to generate novel knowledge; contributs to the advancement of health promotion and the systemic management of diseases in a manner aligned with both national and global strategies.
    • Critically analyzs and designs educational programs tailored for academic and professional development in the sphere of public health protection; demonstrates the capacity to incorporate innovative pedagogical approaches, ensuring that educational initiatives remain aligned with the latest advancements and best practices considering the dynamic landscape of public and global health challenges.
    • Internalizes and consistently adheres to the fundamental principles of academic and professional integrity.
    • Demonstrates the ability to pioneer novel approaches, contributing to the forward momentum of public health research, adepts at conceptualizing and orchestrating the scientific-research process, with a concentrated focus on generating new knowledge.
  • Date of approval: 11-30-2006
    Approval protocol number: 4
    Date of program update:
    Update protocol number: 11PDC322-III
    Program details:

    The doctoral thesis should to encompass a volume falling within the range of 70 to 80 pages, equivalent to a word count between 17,500 and 20,000 words, exclusive of the bibliography and appendices.

    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    Program Structure, Duration, Credit Allocation, and Requirements:

    · The doctoral program encompasses a total of 60 (ECTS) credits, distributed across the teaching components, comprising 50 ECTS core subjects and 10 ECTS optional subjects.

    · Pedagogical modules operate on a semester-based schedule, spanning 22 weeks, characterized by an intensive instructional format involving daily sessions encompassing lectures, seminars, and practical exercises. Notably, subject modules are conducted biweekly, in accordance with prescribed modules, punctuated by interim assessments and culminating in final examinations, scheduled during the designated examination period.

    · Each doctoral candidate is appointed an advisory committee, composed of three members holding a doctoral degree, or, in instances featuring a co-supervisor, four members. This committee oversees the planning of the doctoral student's educational trajectory, evaluates the candidate's scientific research grant proposal submitted for school funding, and formulates the agenda for research component planning. It is imperative to acknowledge the possibility of amendments to the proposed schedule or plan, contingent upon substantiated requests from the doctoral candidate. Furthermore, this committee is instrumental in drafting the procedural protocols and regulations governing coursework and research, as well as the eventual dissertation defense, as stipulated in the University of Georgia's Regulations of Doctoral Education.

    · The research facet predominantly transpires in the second and third academic years, although, at the supervisor's discretion, certain undertakings may commence as early as the inaugural year. · The didactic elements of the program are under the purview of subject matter curators, while the research elements are overseen by the doctoral student's scientific supervisor, occasionally in tandem with a co-supervisor. In select cases, thematic and sectoral international experts and specialists contribute to the educational modules within the program.

    · Doctoral students possess the prerogative to delineate the credit load for a given academic semester, within the established parameters of a minimum of 15 ECTS and a maximum of 30 ECTS credits, dichotomized as "Full Time" and "Part Time" designations. · In consonance with the thematic and volumetric contours of the research endeavor, doctoral candidates are afforded latitude to conduct investigations both domestically and internationally. The deliberations regarding research topics and the selection of research instruments are subject to the auspices of the school's bioethics council, in accordance with the provisions delineated in the statute governing the bioethics council's operations.

    · Research initiatives may be underwritten by scientific grants disbursed by the School of Health Sciences, in adherence to the stipulations set forth in the regulations governing the allocation of scientific grants within the school. Alternatively, financial support may be derived from other pertinent scientific research projects secured by the doctoral candidate and their scientific supervisor.

    · Before undertaking the defense of the doctoral thesis, it is incumbent upon the doctoral candidate to effectuate the publication of one scholarly article germane to the research findings in a designated peer-reviewed scientific journal, with a recommended impact factor no less than 1.5. Alternatively, a formal notification from the editorial board confirming the forthcoming publication suffices. Furthermore, an additional scholarly article, subject to the same stringent evaluative criteria, must be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, candidates are mandated to present at least one academic paper at an int

    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
    PHDH7110Health 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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