PhD Programme in Health, Function and Participation


This PhD programme is intended for those who want to contribute to developing future health services in the face of new societal challenges.

A health science PhD programme

The education will contribute new knowledge to users and patients, the field of practice and the community.

Through its professional profile and course portfolio, the PhD programme shows that interdisciplinary approaches to health are necessary to contribute new knowledge to understand and deal with today's and tomorrow's health challenges, locally and globally. The programme is closely linked to working life and society.

The programme is rooted in health science, and the title Health, Function and Participation refers to a broad, interdisciplinary field of research:

  • Health refers to a physical, psychological and socially rooted resource that is affected by illness, coping, life course and living conditions.
  • Function refers to activity and the interaction between physical and psychological conditions and the environment that inhibits or promotes individuals and groups' health potential.
  • Participation shows how individuals or groups can get involved in everyday life, work and leisure and exercise their citizenship.

The Faculty has research environments at all of HVL’s five campuses, which have various practical, theoretical and methodological approaches to health and disease-related phenomena. Health can be understood and explored at the individual, group or community level, with a focus on theory development, empirical data, methodology, structure, research collaboration with working life and society. For further information please read the study plan.

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Tobba Therkildsen Sudmann

Head of PhD programme

Student exchange

HVL aims to ensure that all PhD students should have a research stay abroad of at least one month. You can take your stay at any time during your fellowship period and arrange for the stay with your main supervisor and the foreign university you are going to research.

Where can I travel?