Public Health

The PhD course in Public Health combines different skills acquired by the teaching staff over the years within the University of Milan-Bicocca in the field of medical statistics, epidemiology, public health and clinical research in the broad sense. Its main objective is to prepare, through training and multidisciplinary research, professional figures who are able to contribute to the development of public health and medical research, especially in the field of observational epidemiological studies and intervention trials. Particular care will be devoted to curricula addressing application of publich health technologies in industrial fields.


Director: Prof. Guido Grassi

Deputy DIrector: Prof.ssa Stefania Galimberti

Organizational secretary: Elisabetta Marchesi –

Objectives and research areas

Curriculum 1:
Biostatistics and Epidemiology: the statistical method in its development and its applications to the design and analysis of studies conducted in clinical research and the research on prevention, diagnosis and treatment systems
Curriculum 2:
Pathophysiology and disease prevention: includes research on the mechanisms underlying the development and progression of diseases and the study of interventions aimed at primary and secondary prevention
Curriculum 3:
Health Services Research and  Technology Assessment: to inform health policies and practices through research and investigation on safety, effectiveness, performance and value of healthcare services and technologies 

International mobility is strongly encouraged, especially in the second and third years of the doctorate.

Provide high professional skills able to contribute to the development of research in all fields of health. To achieve this goal at the end of the training course a doctoral student must have acquired: 1. solid notions in quantitative disciplines (statistics and epidemiology) 2. advanced knowledge of the research area chosen by the PhD student 3. ability to use the most appropriate approaches and tools for the production of scientific evidence in the field of clinical research and public health 4. ability to explain and communicate research results and to discuss their implications. 5. preparation for the development of a new methodology, updating and methodological and application analysis.

Teaching activities

Common area of ​​the Doctoral School. During the first two years of the course the student is required to attend courses promoted by the Doctoral School, aimed at the transmission of transversal skills and with broad cultural content.
Courses and seminars of the Doctorate in Public Health. Each year the doctoral student is required to attend the events promoted by the doctorate and aimed at the study of innovative topics in the field of Public Health.
Thematic issues aimed at the doctoral thesis. In the second and third year of the course the doctoral student is required to develop specific topics related partly to the chosen curriculum and partly to the topic of the doctoral thesis.
At the end of the course the student is required to demonstrate an excellent use of the English language both written and oral and an excellent oral and written communication skills of the research results both in Italian and in English.

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by Scuola di dottorato, last updated on 19/05/2020