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Project title: Economic evaluation of person-centred healthcare programmes: applications in the development, implementation, and evaluation of eHealth interventions

Job assignments

The PhD education in Health Care Science comprises carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see

Project: Person-centredness and eHealth interventions are central components in the ongoing re-design of the health care system in Sweden and worldwide, but their evaluation is challenged by traditional economic evaluation frameworks. There is an urgent call for development of economic models to support cost containment to apply during development, implementation, and evaluation of person-centred e-health interventions. By including different person-centred eHealth interventions targeting different age groups, this PhD project will contribute with a unique opportunity to develop knowledge within this field. Thus, the aim of this PhD thesis is to develop health economic models to support decision-making during the development, implementation, and evaluation of person-centred eHealth interventions. One of the substudies will include direct contacts with patients, healthcare providers and other healthcare decision-makers in the Swedish health system. Assignments include database management and statistical analysis. 

The University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care, GPCC, is a research centre located at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences. Within the network, several groups have started to develop eHealth applications to support person-centred care in different patient groups and settings. The combined information from the projects is expected to provide comprehensive knowledge on both cost-effectiveness of such initiatives and of how economic modelling can support decision-making before, during, and after their implementation. In the project, the PhD candidate will creating new knowledge both regarding dimensions important to incorporate in the evaluations of person-centred eHealth interventions and understanding of how these applications can better meet the needs of patients in different age groups and phases of life, as well as the needs of other stakeholders, including cost containment. 

Third-cycle studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration (departmental duties). Before a PhD degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Health Care Science if he or she has successfully completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:
- specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
- experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
- scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.

Documented experience of database management and statistical analysis is of merit. Interest in and/or experience with health services research, health economics, public health, epidemiology, medicine, or nursing research are desirable. The project requires Swedish language proficiency as one of the substudies will include direct contacts with patients in the Swedish health system.


After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Health and Care Sciences. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University. 

For further information regarding the position

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor, 
Hanna Gyllensten, Associate Professor, Institute of Health and Care Sciences,
phone: +46-707482412, e-mail: 


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In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

You must include the following, in pdf format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies

If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, make sure that you attach a diploma and full transcripts that makes assessing your degree easier.  

If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

For information on what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement see

Closing date: 2021-12-16


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