Program Characteristics The PHS Course Program is an optional training program that complements the PhD curriculum defined by the Graduate Schools. The Course Program is not a Graduate School and does not award PhD diplomas. The four pillars of the Course Program are: Interdisciplinarity: Public Health is a highly interdisciplinary field, which is reflected in the structure of the Course Program. Lecturers and participants from different faculties are involved in the program. Comprehensive Public Health Vision: Global understanding of the Public Health Sciences and development of key competences with focus on methodologies is at the core of the program. Learning process promotes engagement with the content to transfer knowledge into action. Lecturers work with modern didactic methods and promote competencies in small groups. Exemplary contents have priority. Networking: Through the interdisciplinary structure of the program and organized networking activities, participants and professors can build lasting connections, including with alumni. Participants have access to courses offered by universities abroad and broaden their network. Flexibility: The program structure enables alignment with other PhD work requirements. Entry is possible at any time after starting the PhD program at the University of Bern. Participants design their study plan based on their interests and previous education. New participants discuss their study plan with their PhD supervisors and the Program Manager. The PHS Course Program is based on a qualification framework with competence goals. The qualification framework represents overall educational objectives of the Course Program. Overall objectives feed into competencies that are defined at the Module level. These Module competencies are acquired by achieving the learning outcomes defined in the various courses. The qualification framework reflects the central competencies of future post-doctoral researchers in the field of Public Health. The PHS Course Program is aligned with the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA) criteria. The competency framework and requirements of the Course Program are based on these standards. In accordance with higher education regulations, the Course Program completion is based on the attainment of ECTS credits.