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Seven fully funded PhD Scholarships available in the Wellcome Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health Economics and Decision Science (PHEDS)

University of Sheffield - Public Health Economics and Decision Science

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th October 2021
Closes: 10th December 2021
 

We are seeking bright and enthusiastic graduates from disciplines including health sciences, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, politics, mathematics, statistics, economics, systems engineering, business studies and geography who want to make a difference to population health.

Chronic disease accounts for over 70% of deaths globally. Many of these are premature and can be prevented by coordinated and well-targeted public health policies and interventions. However, to achieve this goal, we need better understanding of the complex interplay of influences on health at the societal, environmental and individual levels.

Public Health Economics and Decision Science seeks to identify the prevention strategies that are most effective and cost-effective, and should therefore be prioritised by decision-makers. This programme will give graduates the necessary public health and advanced quantitative skills for rewarding careers in academia, practice or policy, where they can contribute to reducing the burden of disease.

Generously funded by Wellcome and the University of Sheffield, this four-year cohort-based PhD Programme provides a unique interdisciplinary experience.

It offers doctoral-level research training in public health, economics, statistics and mathematical modelling. From year one, you will have access to senior scientists and public health decision-makers and take a range of taught modules to complement your existing skills. Health and social sciences graduates will develop advanced quantitative analytical skills and those with quantitative analytical degrees will receive training in public health. Rotations through several “research attachments” will allow you to experience research in multiple areas before finalising the topic of the PhD project you will complete during years two to four. You will work collaboratively, arrange internships and develop networks with external organisations and decision-makers.

Seven studentships are available. We are keen to attract the best talent from all walks of life and will award at least one studentship to a UK applicant from a widening participation background. Two studentships can cover overseas fees for applicants from OECD-defined Low and Middle Income countries. Part-time study can be discussed where students have health or social needs that would make full-time study difficult.

Each studentship provides:

  • Home or international rate tuition fees for four years
  • Annual stipend at Wellcome rates
  • A training, research cost and travel fund
  • Opportunity to apply for postdoctoral transition funding

Eligibility

You will…

  • Be highly motivated to make a significant scientific contribution to tackling the burden of chronic disease through well-evidenced, cost-effective public health strategies
  • Be able to demonstrate your enthusiasm to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree classified at equivalent to 2.1 or above  (or non-UK equivalent)
  • Have completed either a Master’s degree classified at merit or distinction (or non-UK equivalents) OR have more than one year of formal employment in either a relevant scientific environment or in public health decision making. Current Master’s students without relevant work experience will only be considered if they have an outstanding academic track record, including a first-class undergraduate degree.
  • Have at least one of your degrees in a relevant subject, such as: mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, psychology, nutrition, quantitative sociology, politics, economics, systems engineering, business studies, geography
  • Have quantitative maths skills equivalent to A at A-Level
  • Meet English language requirements

Closing date for 2022 entry – Midnight, Friday 10th December 2021.

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