Doctoral Programmes in Public Health and Social Science (DPPHSS)

Project number

Duration 36 months (2018-2021)
Grant 677.247 €  
Applicant (Coordinator)


Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi – Armenia
Mr. Artashes Tadevosyan,
Local Coordinators



Yerevan State University (YSU): Artak Khachatryan, 

Ministry of Education and Sciences of RA (MoES)


EU partners





FH OO Studienbetriebs GMBH – Austria

Slovenska Zdravotnicka Univerzita v Bratislave – Slovenia

Universitatea Babes Bolyai – Romania

University of Gothenburg – Sweden 


Partner countries






Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU)
Yerevan State University (YSU)
Ministry of Education and Science of RA (MoES)Georgia
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
The University of Georgia
Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia


Project Summary

The overall aim of the proposed project is to improve quality of public health and social services in partner countries through educating qualified interdisciplinary specialists, researchers and academics.
The objectives of the proposed project are:
1. Comparative analysis of the PhD program structure across participating countries and respective universities and their compatibility with EU teaching schemes.
2. Planning and harmonization of PhD programs in Public Health and Social sciences in Partner universities.
3. Development of course contents, syllabi, learning outcomes and research plan, tailor-made for individual partner universities.
4. Website development, creation of online resources and e-learning courses for PhD students.
5. Training of staff in EU universities in teaching, IT knowledge, research skills and project supervision in EU universities.
6. Establishment of a fully structured PhD program in Public Health and Social Sciences and call for PhD students as a pilot program.
7. Development and submission for approval to appropriate authorities the passport and code of specialty.
8. Dissemination of project activities through the website, interim and final conferences, paper publication.
Through the implementation of the project highly qualified professionals (researchers and academics) in public health and social services will be trained, that will have extensive interdisciplinary knowledge in particular fields addressing at the same time health issues of population, social determinants of health and applied social sciences. Scientifically proved explanations and solutions to the existing problems in the mentioned fields will eventually lead to the improvement of health and social services in Armenia and Georgia. Through this project the existing PhD programs will be harmonized, restructured and will contain specific educational components, relevant for each institution and each field of study, thus ensuring interdisciplinarity.