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The Center for International Health (CIHLMU) at the LMU Munich was established in 2009 as an integrative institution for the coordination of already existing projects on development cooperation & tropical disease research at LMU. Primary objective is to promote educational and research activities within developing countries, in order to establish and enhance a generation of scientists that will be able to contribute to the resolution of local and regional development-related problems, particularly in the field of health.

The CIHLMU PhD program "International Health" offers academic education and a research environment to scientists from developing countries, with special focus on the Millennium Development Goals. The duration of the full-time program is three years, starting in October every year, the program language is English.

PhD Projects

PhD students at CIHLMU are required to propose their own research project, as well as a local supervisor from their home institution or university. The research should take place preferably in a developing country, or within co-operations between LMU and the home institution or university of the applicant. Once accepted, the PhD candidates are matched with an adequate scientific co-supervisor at LMU. Sufficient funding and support for the proposed project should be available from the applicants’ home institution or from outside funds. CIHLMU does not provide research funding on its own but may assist in applications for outside funding.

Generally, applicants are advised to develop their project plans and build up contact to a potential local supervisor well in advance.

Research Focus Subjects

CIHLMU offers particular expertise in the following subjects:

  • Infectious diseases and inflammatory disorders
  • Occupational health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health systems research
  • Mother and child health
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Clinical trials
  • Medical education

However, scientists focusing on other issues are encouraged to apply for the PhD program as well, as the LMU provides sound expertise in the whole spectrum of health research.

Training Modules

Three training module blocks of two to three months duration each are held at LMU in Munich

  1. Basic health and research education, establishing a common level of knowledge, with special emphasis on health problems of low-income-countries
  2. Specialized advanced modules, focusing on the individual research subjects
  3. Finalization of thesis and defence, preparation for work life as a scientist

Research Activity

The periods in between the module blocks are dedicated to the research project. Through a total of 28 months, students will have to communicate with the co-supervisor at LMU through a web-based CIHLMU portal. Every two months a mandatory project progress report, commented upon by both supervisors, is to be submitted through the portal.

Further Information & Contact

For all further information relating to requirements, admission and selection prodecures, the expected PhD student commitment and more, please see the PhD program's website.

CIH Office Team: cih@lrz.uni-muenchen.de