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Global Health at a Glance


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PhD-GH program overview

To effectively address critical problems in population health, the 20th century public health paradigm must be transformed into a 21st century global health model of partnership created on principles of equality, transparency, mutual interest, and respect. The Thammasat Faculty of Public Health is leading the way to develop international collaborations in education and research reflecting this new model. Our priorities include developing a graduate program that defines global health from a socio-political perspective with an emphasis on interregional capacity building applying a South-to-South focus (Africa, Asia-Pacific and Middle East).

While enormous progress has taken place in aspects of biomedical science, the tools of public health and management, and social and political engagement, it is only when these elements come together that we have seen real and lasting strides in improving the health and wellbeing of the world’s disadvantaged citizens. By using our collective multidisciplinary and multi-sector experiences, resources, and expertise we can help change the fundamentals of global health. Not alone in narrow disciplines, but through partnerships that draw on differing perspectives, differing knowledge and experience, and differing priorities. Understanding how to mobilize such partnerships, how to make them most effective, and where to turn for experience empowers us at the global stage.

Program aims
The PhD Global Health we offer at Thammasat University is relevant to a variety of disciplines important for global health. The program aims to produce the intellectual foundation supporting a 21st century model of global health; by providing interesting, challenging and excellent advanced education for outstanding students to pursue careers in research, health and laboratory science, policy, or public health practice.

Research areas

The Center of Excellence in Global Health at Thammasat University has developed a dynamic research agenda that reflects emerging challenges in global health and catalyzes interdisciplinary and innovative work among investigators across Thammasat University and center’s international partners.

The Center’s research agenda transcends traditional disciplinary and geographic boundaries and our faculty works collaboratively to leverage and build upon the University’s existing strengths and institutional priorities.

One health cluster

  • Antimicrobial resistance
    Multidisciplinary approaches and perspectives to address antimicrobial resistance in infectious agents in humans, animals, and environments, and the potential of their impacts on public health.
  • Emerging infectious threats
    Multidisciplinary approaches to addressing the emergence and reemergence of infectious agents in humans, animals, and environments, and more significantly, addressing potential challenges and perspectives to pragmatize surveillance, prevention, and control of emerging and reemerging infectious disease threats.
  • Vaccine challenges
    Applied research to elucidate the burden of Vaccine Preventible Diseases (VPD); and on factors influencing vaccine uptake, particularly in marginalized populations.
  • Vector-borne diseases
    Multidisciplinary approaches to vector-borne disease control and research that can facilitate a multi-stage process of the development of vector control interventions and evidence-based policy making on vector control.



Health promotion cluster

  • Crisis and health
    Validation of evidence base for Sphere standards for humanitarian response; development of indicator sets for measuring health outcomes of disaster risk reduction.
  • Environmental threats
    Health effects of air pollution; health impacts of climate change; vulnerability of shoreline and coastal communities to hydro-meteorological hazards; solid waste treatment and disposal; e-waste disposal and environmental health; micro-pollution and environmental health; 3R (reduce, reuse, and recycle) policies and implementations; international regulations on transboundary movement of plastic waste.
  • Health in detention
    Impact of detention on health and wellbeing; occupational health and prisons; health and research literacy of custodial staff; detention and mental health; detention and substance abuse; prison health system’s research; post release continuity of care.
  • Health literacy
    Mixed methods assessment of health literacy, health literacy profiling and health literacy intervention development especially in groups experiencing extreme disadvantage such as people with disabilities, ethnic and linguistic minorities and people in detention. Development of evidence of what works, in which contexts, and why.
  • Mental health
    Mental health accessibility in LMIC; mental health services delivery systems; vulnerable groups and mental health, social determinants of mental health; and policy and multi-sector backing for mental health.



Curriculum highlights
  A four-year degree program
  One year coursework and 3 years thesis research
  Research in your home country or abroad
  A publication-based doctoral thesis
  An optional laboratory internship Hokkaido University, Japan

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Academic year

The academic year commences August-September.
Students can enroll in the program at the onset of any term within an academic year i.e. term-1 September 1st; term-2 January 2nd; term-3 May 1st.

Admission requirements

Prospect students should have following qualifications:

  1. Holding at least a master’s degree or equivalent from domestic or overseas educational institutions accredited by the Thammasat University Council.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or equivalent.

Following selection criteria are applied for admission into the program:

Admission is determined by applicants’ academic records, supporting documentation on other selection criteria, a written statement of purpose, samples of written works, and results from an interview. Prospect students should meet following criteria:

1. Pass initial screening for:

  • Qualification criteria
  • For all non-native speakers, proven English language proficiency i.e. TOEFL with a score of 575 paper-based, or 223 computer-based, or 83 Internet-based; IELTS with a score of 6.5 and the result is not being older than 2 years at the date of application.

2. Pass following panel reviews:

  • A written statement of purpose “download guidelines here”.
  • A face-to-face or Internet-facilitated interview

 3.  Qualify for one of the following enrolment criteria:

  • Candidates awarded external scholarship support including international agencies, government, fellow university schemes and philanthropies .
  • Candidates from ASEAN or ‘fragile states’ awarded a Thammasat University or a program scholarship.
  • Candidates applying with the program as self-funded.
  • Candidates employed by Thammasat University as “promovendi”

4.  A valid study visa (for international students only).

How to Apply

Application instructions

  • You can initiate your application online by clicking the “Apply Now” button.
  • Applications are admissible throughout the year, but those seeking scholarship support should check scholarship scheme deadlines.
  • If your undergraduate and master degrees were granted by an institution outside of Thailand, the institution must be accredited by the governing educational body of the country (i.e. the Ministry of Education).
  • Review the requirements carefully before starting your application.
  • Complete your online application admission form.
  • The data you enter in the online application, including the contents of all attachments, is subject to verification. It is your responsibility to ensure that all the information provided in the application is accurate.
  • Thammasat University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission or to terminate enrollment if there is any discrepancy between the submitted application data and the subsequently verified data.

Important Reminders

  • If required, take the English proficiency test early to ensure that official scores arrive before the application deadline.
  • Be sure that your full name, as given on your application, appears on all documents submitted on your behalf (e.g. diplomas, transcripts, English proficiency test report).
  • Submit all application materials electronically. Do not send materials by e-mail or postal services unless we ask that you do so.
  • Do not submit extra or unnecessary documents, such as secondary-school records, training certificates, awards that are not strictly academic credentials as stated in our requirements.
  • The graduate admissions office does not alter submitted applications. We will accept transcript updates or updated CVs listing (e.g. new appointments, or publications). Please send the updated documentation as PDF attachments (no Microsoft Word documents or JPEG files) to oip-admissions@fph.tu.ac.th.



Tuition Fees

  • PhD-Global Health estimated cost for tuition and administrative fees: USD 7,200 per academic year.

Scholarship Support

  • Thammasat University Scholarship
    Thammasat University offers scholarship support for qualifying international students.
    Contact our Admissions Associate at: oip-admissions@fph.tu.ac.th 

  • Global Health Scholarship
    The Global Health Program offers merit-based partial scholarships for qualifying students from the top 50 countries listed in the fragile states index of the Fund for Peace. Visit following webpage to check for eligibility http://fundforpeace.org/fsi/

  • Open Society Scholarship
    Open Society Scholarship provides support to individuals motivated to improve the social, political, intellectual, and economic environments in their home countries. It aims to promote critical thinking, free and open intellectual inquiry, and cross-cultural tolerance and respect.  Visit the agency webpage at: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/programs/scholarship-programs 

  • Prospect Burma Scholarship
    Prospect Burma offers scholarships for qualifying students from Myanmar. The application deadline is in December. Check out the agency’s webpage at https://prospectburma.org 

  • TICA Scholarship
    The Thai International Cooperation Agency (TICA) offers scholarships for qualifying government employees of selected countries. Visit the agency webpage at: http://www.tica.thaigov.net 

  • Prison Health Research Scholarship Program >> more detail

Fellowship Support

  • World Health Organization Fellowship
    The World Health Organization offers fellowship for qualifying candidates who are employees of Ministry of Health or other government agencies. For fellowship support, candidates are advised to approach the Fellowship Officer in their local WHO Office to check their eligibility and / or visit their webpage.




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