Ph.D. in Global Health
The Ph.D. in Global Health at Nazarbayev University School of Medicine is a four-year full-time research-based program according to international standards accompanied by core courses and a variety of elective courses depending on the background of the student and the project of the Ph.D. thesis. It is offered within the School of Medicine and is open to Master's students of different scientific backgrounds as well as MD students with prior research experience. It gives graduates of the Master's programs the possibility to obtain an internationally recognized Ph.D. in the field of Global Health.

The School of Medicine is in a unique position to offer this program based on the experience of its faculty in Global Health issues as well as close links to international health organizations (WHO), national health authorities (Ministry of Health), and the hospitals and clinics in Nur-Sultan city and particularly within UMC, as well as the other NU Schools departments and cluster of research centers. This program aims to bridge the gap between the production of knowledge and its application in Global health practice and policy.

General information

How to apply

Entry requirements

List of documents

Important dates

Status assigned to the candidate

Curriculum

Faculty

General information

Campus: Astana, Kazakhstan, NUSOM building

Language: English

Delivery mode: Full-time, on-campus

Duration: 4 years

Total ECTS credit: 240


The Ph.D. in Global Health aims to train the next generation of global health researchers and prepare them to provide leadership in the field to improve health and achieve equity in health in Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and worldwide.

  • Global health is the health of populations in the global context
  • Global health is the area of study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health for all people worldwide.
  • Global health employs several perspectives that focus on the determinants and distribution of health in international contexts.

Global Health has become critical both in Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and internationally. Global Health is an expanded field of study, practice, and scientific development that addresses the root causes of disease (communicable and non-communicable) that addresses the broad determinants of health with population-based efforts.


Global Health problems will require in the next years an increasing number of professionals coming from multiple disciplines to enlarge their worldviews and expand their skills and competencies.


Courses:

  1. Foundations of GH: Major GH problems
  2. Health Policy and Systems Perspectives on GH: evidence and actors
  3. GH into Action: design, implement, manage, and evaluate GH programs and initiatives
  4. Methods in GH Research: generate hypotheses, and research objectives, propose appropriate methodologies
  5. Advanced Methods in GH Research: develop scientific proposals, identify key findings, put results into context with scientific knowledge
  6. Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature: publications
  7. NUSOM Seminar in Global Health: research projects presentations
  8. Writing for biomedical sciences (PhDBS)
  9. Electives (at NUSOM or from other NU Schools of Department

Career opportunities in Global Health:

• Universities and research institutions

• Public health and health care organizations

• Private companies

• International institutions and non-government organizations.


The Program has the Doctoral Thesis as intensively research-oriented and its focal point is the Doctoral Thesis (180 ECTS).

Students will also take a series of courses and participate actively in Seminars.

How to apply

Before applying it is good to inform yourself about research done at NUSOM and to contact NUSOM Faculty are working on your areas of interest.


STEP 1. Create your personal account

Register on www.admissions.nu.edu.kz portal to create a Personal Account. Read the instructions about the application procedure given in your Personal account.


STEP 2. Complete your Application Form and attach the required documents

Fill out the application form and attach the required documents:

  1. Scanned copy of a National ID card or passport;
  2. Scanned copy of secondary school or higher education institution certificate (attestat/diploma) with final academic performance or certificate from the school (spravka) according to the sample in the personal account;
  3. Project proposal in English;
  4. Valid copies of certificates. The results of standardized tests must be sent directly to the University through test administrators;
  5. Two reference letters;
  6. CV.

STEP 3. Pay an application fee

The application fee is paid online via your personal account with a bank card.

The amount to pay is 5 000 tenge. All application fees are non-refundable.


Step 4. Finish the registration process

Finish the registration process by pressing the “Submit application” button. After submission applicants can’t change their applications.


Step 5. Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates

Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates in your personal account in the section "Upload IELTS/TOEFL" and fill up the required information about the certificate.


Further steps

Check your e-mail for notifications from the NU Admissions Department and your personal account to learn about your application status.


If you experience any difficulties with the registration or online application, please contact info_admissions@nu.edu.kz. Refer to your IIN and/or Applicant ID while sending us your requests.

Entry requirements

1. An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

2. Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or a terminal medical degree (MD or equivalent). During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration;

3. A Minimum CGPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree;

4. English proficiency:

1) Overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL (except Home Edition) score as posted on the ETS website;

2) Candidates can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:

– one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;

– an undergraduate and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English.

5. Relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a written Project proposal.

List of documents to be submitted by the applicants

1. Complete Application form;

2. National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);

3.Official document confirming name change (if applicable);

4. Degree diplomas (Bachelor’s and Master’s or equivalents) with transcripts;

During the application period final year students may upload an official current transcript for consideration;

5. An official electronic IELTS/TOEFL (except Home Edition) certificate (valid at the time of document submission) sent to the University through IELTS/TOEFL VERIFICATION SERVICES. Code for IELTS: Nazarbayev University. Code for TOEFL: 6762;

6. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for candidates who earned their degree in a program that was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL). A candidate must indicate Nazarbayev University as a recipient when registering for the test. In case the candidate passed the test earlier, he/she can contact the test center and indicate Nazarbayev University as a recipient. Candidates can provide an official electronic score report of valid Academic IELTS or TOEFL IBT certificates from the Test Administrator and its scanned copy;

7. Project proposal (not more than 500 words);

8. Curriculum vitae;

9. Evidence of any professional and/or voluntary experiences that develop essential skills related to laboratory work;

10. Two confidential reference letters in English (or with notarized English translation) written within the last 12 months (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy);

11. 075/у medical certificate (for Kazakhstani candidates) or a similar medical certificate with indication of general health (for international candidates);

12. List of graduate courses the applicant’s has taken in Epidemiology and Statistics.

Important dates

Important dates for those who are applying for the 2023-2024 academic year

Application periods for Ph.D. program:

  • for International applicants: November 30, 2022 – February 28, 2023 inclusive
  • for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan: November 30, 2022 – April 18, 2023 inclusive

The final deadline for submission of IELTS/TOEFL, GRE/GMAT certificates:

  • for International applicants: March 15, 2023
  • for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan: May 3, 2023

The start of orientation week (for newly enrolled students): August 2023


First day of classes: August 2023

Status assigned to the candidate

All registered candidates can check the status of their application in the Personal account. Description of the status below is presented in the order of assignment to the candidate in the Personal account.


Application in processing. This is interim status, which means that the application is being processed. Admissions Committee will evaluate the application and inform the candidate on further steps/stages. Notification on final results will be sent to your email address.


Does not meet entry requirements. The status is assigned to the candidates who do not meet the minimum entry requirements. It is given after checking the application forms and the documents by the Admissions Department.


Disqualified. The status is assigned to candidates who are disqualified for gross violations of the conditions of the competition. For example, provided deliberately false information.


Rejected by Admissions Committee. At one of the competition stages, the Admissions Committee decided to reject the candidate’s application.


Transfer to another program. At the stage of an application screening the Admissions Committee has decided to recommend the candidate for consideration by the Admissions Committee of another program within the same School.


Pending. Candidate’s application is pending


Waiting list. The Admissions Committee has finished reviewing the candidate’s application and made a decision to put you on a waiting list. Such candidates should expect notification from the University, as there is a possibility that if other candidates reject to study, they may be sent an invitation letter to study.


Recommended for admission to NUZYP. The Admissions Committee has decided to recommend the candidate for the NUZYP program. “Zero year of Master’s programs” (NUZYP) is a two-semester full-time program for candidates, who do not meet the language requirements for direct admission to Master’s programs, with intensive language, academic and research preparation for Master’s programs.


Recommended for admission to program. Admissions Committee has decided to recommend candidate for the program without going through the NUZYP.


Recommended for conditional admission. The Admissions Committee has decided to recommend a candidate for the conditional admission with a requirement to fulfill the condition by the deadline specified in the notification.


Withdrawn. Candidate decided to withdraw from the competition.


Accepted Program admission offer. The status is assigned to candidates who received offer letter, signed Enrollment confirmation form and fulfilled all the сonditions of the University indicated in the offer letter.


Accepted NUZYP admission offer. The status is assigned to candidates who received offer letter to NUZYP program, signed Enrollment confirmation form and fulfilled all the сonditions of the University indicated in the offer letter.


Refused admission offer. The candidate was recommended for admission, but refused to study.


Refused in favor of another NU program. The status is applicable for those candidates, who applied for several graduate programs at NU. The status is assigned when the candidate chooses another program.


Deferred. The status is assigned to candidates who were accepted for the program, but decided to postpone their studies until the next year.


Did not submit the documents/Refused. The status assigned to candidates who did not provide originals of the documents by the stated deadline, which means that the candidate refuses to study at University.


Did not come to Orientation week/Refused. The status is assigned to candidates who accepted the offer letter, provided hard copies of documents, but did not participate in Orientation week. The vacant place, if available, can be offered to the candidates in the Waiting list.


Enrolled to program. The status is assigned to candidates who enrolled to the main program by the Decision of the Provost. Candidate officially became a student.


Enrolled to NUZYP. The status is assigned to candidates who enrolled to the NUZYP program by the Decision of the Provost. Candidate officially became a student.

Curriculum

Structure of the program:

  • Thesis (180): Focal point – Practical research (75%)
  • Courses (60)

  • Foundations of GH: Major GH problems
  • Health Policy and Systems Perspectives on GH: evidence and actors
  • GH into Action: design, implement, manage, and evaluate GH programs and initiatives
  • Methods in GH Research: generate hypotheses, and research objectives, propose appropriate methodologies
  • Advanced Methods in GH Research: develop scientific proposals, identify key findings, put results into context with scientific knowledge
  • Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature: publications
  • NUSOM Seminar in Global Health: research projects presentations
  • Writing for biomedical sciences (PhDBS)
  • Electives

Faculty

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