Health Data Sciences

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The newly established PhD Program in Health Data Sciences at the Charité is aimed at qualified young scientists interested in deepening their methodological knowledge in the fields of biostatistics, epidemiology, meta-research, population health science, public health and/or medical informatics.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the academic degree of "Doctor of Philosophy" (PhD).

For more information about the eligibility criteria and admission procedure of the HDS PhD Program as well as the DAAD GSSP scholarships, please visit the program website. 


The goal of the multidisciplinary doctoral program in Health Data Sciences for outstanding junior researchers is to provide a structured framework of studies, research, and teaching for promising scientists in the disciplines of Health Data Sciences (HDS). The program places particular emphasis on preparing students for future careers at universities, non-university research institutions, and other scientific public or private institutions in the fields of biostatistics, epidemiology, meta-research, population health science, public health and medical informatics.

The scientific coursework serves to deepen methodological knowledge, instill the fundamentals of sound scientific research practice, and promote effective dissemination of knowledge through teaching. Focus areas:


Doctoral students attend courses in HDS domains to learn advanced health data sciences methods they will later apply in a practical research setting for their individual research projects.


Interactive seminars and workshops serve to support doctoral candidates in all stages of their individual research project work ultimately resulting in three scientific publications.


Under the guidance of experienced HDS faculty members, doctoral students prepare and teach courses focused on relevant topics.
Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Dr. Tobias Kurth
Prof. Dr. Frank Konietschke
PD Dr. Ulf Tölch
Coordinator: Meghan Forrest
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Institute of Public Health
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 450551359
Deadlines: 29 February 2024
Places: 10
Scholarships: Two full scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for each of the 2023 and 2024 enrollments