PhD Program Santé, Médecine et Société - Health, Medicine and Society

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The PhD program “Santé, medicine et société” (SMS) [“Health, Medicine and Society”] aims at introducing participants to the theories and tools of social sciences and humanities to ap-proach and understand contemporary health problems and contingencies. This specializa-tion in social sciences and humanities is the signature strength of the program, and consti-tutes an original and unique offer in the academic landscape of the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland. The SMS program is also one of the few PhD programs in Health Studies and Public Health worldwide with this specific specialization.

Coordinated by the Institute of Health Law (IDS) at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and supported by swissuniversities, the program is structured as a three-year curriculum and is based on a week-long residential introductory seminar and thematic workshops taught by leading experts from three Swiss universities (Geneva, Lausanne, and Neu-châtel). 
The program is designed to train participants to (1) broaden their research focuses and competences, (2) integrate perspectives and approaches in an interdisciplinary and inter-professional perspective, and (3) design and implement original contributions in their disci-plinary fields as well as in the broad field of public health and medicine. 

Target audience
We invite PhD students from different disciplinary backgrounds—doctoral students in social sciences and humanities tackling questions related to health and medicine in their re-search, as well as doctoral students in medicine, nursing sciences or public health—to ap-ply. 

Call for applications 2020 (third cohort)
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Only 17 places left!

Introductory Seminar "The building blocks of interdisciplinarity" 2020

September 28-29-30, October 16, 2020

In collaboration with CUSO
(For the program of the seminar, please see the flyer)

Thematic workshop "Impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on research" 2020

November 2-3, 2020

More information
“Benchmarking” and comparison with similar existing programmes
This documents proposes an analysis of several PhD programs in public health with a focus on social sciences and humanities.  


Director of the program

Délai d’inscription

August 31, 2020 (new deadline)

Introductory Seminar 2020

S'inscrire auprès de 
Aline Sigrist
+ 41 32 718 12 78 (le mercredi)


Prof. Dominique Sprumont