The section of epidemiology is committed to advancing One Health through teaching and research. We are partner in a multi-national project “Decentralising and operationalising One Health platforms” in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The project is funded for three years by the Canadian International Research and Development Center (IDRC), and led by scientists in Guinea, DRC and Canada.
The objectives are:
- to map the stakeholders of One Health, clarify their roles and responsibilities, endorse and coordinate their activities
- analyse causes and consequences of emerging infectious diseases on gender and vulnerable groups
- develop and reinforce surveillance, information and risk communication systems appropriate for the contexts and target audiences; and
- reinforce multidisciplinary research mechanisms for emerging infectious diseases.
The task will be to evaluate the knowledge integration at the level of the One Health field units as well as at the level of the national governance structures endorsing those units. Successful applicants will apply to this context an evaluation framework that was developed by a European research consortium under the leadership of our group. A central tool is a questionnaire which will be applied at the start and the end of the project to assess the achieved change.
Successful applicants will follow the structured PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which is a PhD program of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.
The PhD study usually takes 3 to 4 years to complete. The goal of the program is to train PhD students both as content experts for specific topics and as methodologists with specialized skills in designing, conducting and analyzing studies in a biomedical research context. Students acquire core competencies either in epidemiology or in biostatistics, and competencies specific to the respective field of research.
- Master’s degree (MSc) in epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, biomedicine or another academic discipline suitable for the given topic, and acceptance to the PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
- Excellent quantitative skills with a focus on methodology, suitable medical or epidemiological background knowledge and an interest and ability to rapidly acquire new analytical methods.
- Proficiency in English and French is required.
Application deadline is July 01, 2022.