PhD in Global Health

University of Copenhagen have several graduate programmes and six graduate schools where you can undertake a PhD.

Many graduates doing a global health related PhD project are enrolled in the Graduate Programme in Public Health and Epidemiology, which is a part of the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.

Many other relevant global health graduate programmes can be found across the University's departments and faculties, and we encourage prospective PhD applicants to seek out more information at the university's PhD Programmes website.

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PhDs in Global Health related topics at University of Copenhagen

Below you will find a list of PhDs in global health related topics at University of Copenhagen.

Department of Public Health - Global Health Section:


PhD Student: Rashid Saleh Khamis

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Department and Faculty.

  • Department: Public health
  • Faculty: Health and Medical Science.

Principal Supervisor: Dan Wolf Meyrowitsch, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor in Epidemiology, Principal Investigator (PI) in the PartoMa Research Project. Based at the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.


  • Thomas van den Akker, MD, PhD, MMed OBGYN, Professor in Global Maternal Health, Department of Obstetrics and gynecology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden; Athena Institute, Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Natasha Housseine, MD, MSc, PhD. postdoctoral researcher at Aga Khan University Dar es Salaam.
  • Tarek Meguid, MD, MPhil in Maternal and Child Health, DTM&H, LL.B., MSt in International Human Rights Law, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, the United States.
  • Salma Abdi Mahmoud, MD, MMed ObGyn, PhD, State university of Zanzibar (SUZA), Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Project Abstract: 

Overall objective: To analyze the perceptions and reactions, in terms of attendance and return rates, and knowledge/skills change among health students and skilled birth attendants of an upscaled, context-modified PartoMa intervention of clinical guidelines and repeated training at mega maternity units in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.

Intervention: PartoMa clinical guidelines and low-dose, high-frequency training

Design: A pre-post intervention design in Zanzibar and a stepped wedge cluster-randomized trial in Dar es Salaam with self-administered anonymized questionnaires for evaluation.

Setting: State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), maternity units in Zanzibar and five large maternity units in Dar es Salaam: Amana Hospital, Temeke Hospital, Mwananyamala Hospital, Sinza Health Center, and Mbagala R. Health Center

Population: Final year health students at SUZA, skilled birth attendants, labouring women and their offspring at the selected facilities in Zanzibar and in Dar es Salaam

Sample size: All final year medical students and skilled birth attendants at the facilities.

Outcomes: The primary outcomes are perceptions of the intervention, attendance, and return rates to repeated seminars, knowledge, and skills score tests.

Secondary outcomes include Apgar score 1–6, unnecessary cesarean sections, assisted-vaginal deliveries, admission to neonatal intensive care unit; neonatal resuscitation; intra-facility neonatal deaths; maternal mortality and morbidity; process indicators of care during active labor; indicators of health providers’ knowledge, work satisfaction, and clinical performance; level of satisfaction among patients; and the cost of health adjusted life years gained. intrapartum stillbirths,

Study time: Data collection from 2021 to April 2023. This requires ethical clearance and permission from National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania to be in place.



PhD Student: Jacqueline Ndlovu

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Project Abstract: 

The burden of mental disorders continues to grow and exposure to adversity can result in increased vulnerability to develop diverse mental health problems. To address some of the challenges of current evidence-based interventions, scalable mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) interventions have been developed and tested, e.g. Self Help Plus (SH+). SH+ is a low-intensity, guided self-help intervention that provides strategies for managing psychological distress and coping with adversity. The aim of this study is to explore delivery and uptake at scale of MHPSS interventions, identify commonalities and differences across implementing contexts, populations, and organisations, and build an evidence-base for multi-sectoral integration as a pathway to scale SH+ in Uganda. 

To understand how MHPSS interventions to date have been integrated with other heath and non-health programs across different sectors, a systematic review will be conducted. This will provide a background that complements qualitative exploration of facilitators and barriers of SH+ delivery and uptake at scale within three humanitarian partner organisations in Uganda. In addition, a survey-based measure that enables competencies of SH+ facilitators to be defined and that supports capacity building of facilitators within each partner organisation will be developed through a mixed methods approach.  

Overall, multi-sectoral integration of SH+ with other health and non-health programs represents opportunities for improving reach of evidence-based interventions that offer positive outcomes.

Department and Faculty: Global Health Section, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


  • Professor Wietse Anton Tol. Global Health Section, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Flemming Konradsen. Global Health Section, University of Copenhagen
  • Assistant Professor Jura Augustinavicius. School of Population and Global Health, McGill University









PhD student: Chia-Hsien Lin

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Project abstract: The overall objective of this project is to determine the spatio-temporal patterns of dengue cases and vectors, as well as the demographic and environmental risk factors for dengue transmission in the modern urban setting of Kaohsiung City (KH) and the low infrastructure rural setting of Pintung (PT), Taiwan.  The project consists of four sub-studies; i) a descriptive study of clinical symptoms and basic dengue epidemiology, based on active as well as passive surveillance data for all laboratory confirmed cases in KH, years 2003-09. ii) an entomological study focused on ecological risk parameters of Aedes breeding habitats in terms of a) macro factors (space-time and function) b) micro factors (chemical-physical and biological) and c) predictors (macro and micro).

Department and Faculty: Department of Public Health, Global Health Section; Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Karin Linda Schiøler and Prof. Flemming Konradsen

























Department of Public Health - Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health:



Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences:







Department of Immunology and Microbiology:



Centre for Medical Parasitology:









Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies:



Department of Anthropology: