Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

With access to world-renowned experts, doctoral students at the School of Public Health at Tel Aviv University work at the forefront of public health science and practice. Collaborating directly with faculty, students enhance their knowledge in the field and make vital contributions to improve population health.


The four academic departments at the School of Public Health offer PhD degree programs:


Admissions Requirements

  • Ability to read, write, and speak Hebrew fluently.
  • Applicants must have a Master's Degree with a minimum grade average of 80 points (B) and a completed Master's thesis with a grade of at least 85 points.
  • Students who have completed their undergraduate studies with distinction may apply for the direct course of studies leading to the PhD.
  • Some departments have additional requirements. Please contact the specific department secretary for more information.


Program Requirements

  • PhD students must meet all thesis and course requirements, including an examination with a minimum score of 80.
  • All PhD students are required to attend a minimum of 25 seminars at the School of Public Health.
  • Students who lack the relevant scientific background for their research will be required by the committee to complete supplementary courses during the first year of studies. These courses will not constitute part of the required 10 semester hours of advanced electives.



  • Thesis Proposal: The PhD candidate is required to submit a thesis proposal by the end of the first year. This proposal will be the basis for doctoral work, and must be unique and innovative.
  • Annual Progress Reports: After receiving approval on the proposal and, thus accepted into Phase II of the PhD studies, the candidate is required to submit annual progress reports. These reports will be submitted to the Departmental Committee for review.
  • Final Thesis: Thesis must be submitted within 4 years from the date of students’ admission.


Course Requirements

  • Required First Year Courses: Occupational Health and Laboratory Safety, Scientific Writing, Biostatistics
  • Advanced Elective Courses (10 academic credits): A maximum of 4 academic credits may be taken at other Faculties and no more than 2 academic credits may be taken outside Tel Aviv University. Departmental committee may require the student to attend additional courses beyond the required 10 credits.


To apply for the PhD program, please contact:




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