Doctoral Studies in Health and Welfare with Focus on Evidence-Based Practice

Contribute to the development of healthcare and ensure that the results of research serve to benefit society at large. You can graduate with either a licentiate degree or a doctoral degree in care sciences.

This doctoral programme in the subject Care Sciences and in the field of Health and Welfare with Focus on Evidence-Based Practice aims to develop the ability and skills of doctoral students both to produce a base for evidence-based knowledge and to determine how it can be implemented in the health and welfare sector and how its implementation can be evaluated.

The Doctoral (Third Cycle) Subject Care Sciences

This programme leads to a Degree of Licentiate or a Degree of Doctor in the Care Sciences, which is an interdisciplinary subject where the research concerns:

  • human health-related needs and problems; and
  • processes, factors and measures related to physical, mental and social health and ill health in different contexts and environments.

The study area is broad and can include, for example, the experiences of patients and their relatives of illness and care, quality of life, treatment of patients or recipients of care, effects of interventions, healthcare professionals’ experience and perspectives, and the organisation and management of health and social care. 

The research is primarily oriented towards the research conducted in our four research centres:

Health and Welfare with Focus on Evidence-Based Practice

The field of Health and Welfare with Focus on Evidence-Based Practice concerns the work being done at the individual and societal levels to promote people's health and social conditions as well as the development of health- and welfare-related work. Evidence-based health and welfare is when the best available scientific knowledge is weighed alongside professional experience as well as the individual user’s/client’s/patient’s situation, experience and wishes when decisions about treatment are to be made.

Learning Outcomes

By taking this programme, doctoral students will gain the competence to conduct independent research. They will also gain specialist knowledge in a specific research domain. The programme aims to develop the ability and skills of the doctoral student to produce a base for evidence-based knowledge by way of the following:

  • original studies
  • summary and critical review of identified scientific knowledge
  • determination of how evidence-based knowledge can be implemented in the health and welfare sector
  • evaluation of the implementation

The programme thus aims to develop the ability of doctoral students to produce a base for evidence-based knowledge and to fill identified knowledge gaps.

Application

Vacant PhD positions are advertised under Vacant Positions on our website.

The application can also be made by having a certificate of funding via an external employer, corresponding to two years of full-time research training for a licentiate degree or four years of full-time research training for a doctorate degree.

Vacant Positions

Doctoral Courses

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The course has no instances planned right now.
Spring 2024 (week 13), 50%
Distance, Flexible (Falun), in English
Spring 2024 (week 13), 50%
Distance, Flexible (Falun), in English
Semester:
Spring 2024
Start week:
Start: week beginning 25 Mar 2024
Study Rate:
50%
Location:
Flexible (Falun)
Time of Day:
Day
Teaching form:
Distance
Language:
English
Application Code:
VTVV3D5V
Entry Qualifications:
  • Eligible students are those who fulfil the general requirements for PhD studies. Students must be familiar with the basics of qualitative and quantitative research before joining the course.
Online Education
Computer Skills:

Surf on the Internet, read and send emails, make use of a word-processing programme (e.g. Word).

Computer Capacity:

Access to a computer (Not a mini pc, tablet or similar) with broadband connection, at least 0.5 Mbit/s both directions.

Means of Education:

Various communication, e.g. e-mail, and use of basic functions in our learning platform (Learn), such as finding information and being able to submit files.

7,5 Credits, Third Cycle
Spring 2024 (week 3), 50%
Distance, Flexible (Falun), in English
Spring 2024 (week 3), 50%
Distance, Flexible (Falun), in English
Semester:
Spring 2024
Start week:
Start: week beginning 15 Jan 2024
Study Rate:
50%
Location:
Flexible (Falun)
Time of Day:
Day
Teaching form:
Distance
Language:
English
Application Code:
VTPA3D5U
Entry Qualifications:
  • General entry requirements for postgraduate studies.
Online Education
Computer Skills:

Surf on the Internet, read and send emails, make use of a word-processing programme (e.g. Word).

Computer Capacity:

Access to a computer (Not a mini pc, tablet or similar) with broadband connection, at least 0.5 Mbit/s both directions.

Means of Education:

Various communication, e.g. e-mail, and use of basic functions in our learning platform (Learn), such as finding information and being able to submit files.

Autumn 2024 (week 46), 50%
Distance, Flexible (Falun), in English
Autumn 2024 (week 46), 50%
Distance, Flexible (Falun), in English
Semester:
Autumn 2024
Start week:
Start: week beginning 11 Nov 2024
Study Rate:
50%
Location:
Flexible (Falun)
Time of Day:
Day
Teaching form:
Distance
Language:
English
Application Code:
HTVV3D5Z
Entry Qualifications:
  • Eligible students are those who fulfil the general requirements for PhD studies. Students must be familiar with the basics of qualitative and quantitative research before joining the course.
Online Education
Computer Skills:

Surf on the Internet, read and send emails, make use of a word-processing programme (e.g. Word).

Computer Capacity:

Access to a computer (Not a mini pc, tablet or similar) with broadband connection, at least 0.5 Mbit/s both directions.

Means of Education:

Various communication, e.g. e-mail, and use of basic functions in our learning platform (Learn), such as finding information and being able to submit files.

 

A doctoral degree comprises a course component of 45 credits, of which the following 30 credits are for compulsory courses:

  • General Principles of Scientific Work: Introductory Course, 7.5 Credits
  • Scientific Methods, 7.5 Credits
  • Systematic Review, Meta-Synthesis and Meta-Analysis, 7.5 Credits
  • Implementation Research in Health and Welfare Practice, 7.5 Credits

The licentiate degree comprises a course component of 30 credits, of which the following 20 credits are for compulsory courses:

  • General Principles of Scientific Work: Introductory Course, 7.5 Credits
  • Scientific Methods, 7.5 Credits
  • Systematic Review, Meta-Synthesis and Meta-Analysis, 5.0 Credits

All Doctoral Courses at Dalarna University

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Contacts
Renée Flacking
Professor Paediatric Nursing
Doctoral Programmes Coordinator
Fatumo Osman
Associate Professor
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