Career opportunities for graduates
A doctoral education is regarded as a "hinge" between the training and research mission of universities. It provides a degree that is recognized throughout the academic world, as well as in business, industry and government.
A large proportion of graduates with doctorate degrees perform executive duties in government agencies, ministries and public institutions, research institutes and agencies, as well as hold management positions in commercial health care facilities such as public health departments and hospitals. Their tasks range from epidemiology, population medicine and health economics, from prevention and health promotion to quality assurance of the provision and implementation of programs for specific population groups, as well as the identification of and response to the care needs of people in various disease situations. All these skill areas are covered by the structured doctoral degree program.
Many doctoral candidates are preparing for teaching careers at universities, technical colleges and continuing education academies, or are laying the groundwork for pursuing positions as public health researchers. To these ends, candidates need the skills to develop new study programs, conduct recruitment, planning and implementation of research projects, and to publish and disseminate project results to professional audiences.
The Bielefeld doctoral program sets these stringent requirements in order to advance the concept that a doctorate is pivotal in a scientific post-graduate career in health sciences.