The doctoral programme “Health and Sustainability Communication and Management (HSCM)” is interdisciplinary and provides the participants with extensive skills in communication and management in the health sector, for the area of sustainability and for assuming social responsibility. Another focus is on the efficient and effective communication of scientific knowledge in the health sector to the general public. By gaining these skills, the participants will find it easier to implement the knowledge gained in the health sector and in companies. Furthermore, the doctoral programme allows questions of high social relevance from the fields of Health and Sustainability Communication and Management to be dealt with at an internationally competitive level. The qualifications acquired during the programme allow the participants in the doctoral programme to publish research results in international journals and to present and discuss them at international conferences. The participants receive thorough training in qualitative and quantitative methods. A research seminar (interaction workshop) is planned for each academic year, during which the doctoral students present the papers they have written and the status of their dissertation.
Academic degree: Dr. rer. soc. oec. or Dr. phil or Dr. rer. nat
Duration of studies: 3 years
Languages of instruction: English
- Admission to the doctorate in Social Sciences and Economics, admission to the doctorate in Philosophy, or admission to the doctorate in Natural Sciences at the AAU, depending on the desired degree
- confirmation of supervision by a member of teaching staff who is authorized to supervise.
It is possible to enter into the doctoral programme HSCM at any time (including a transfer from an existing doctoral degree).
- Health Communication and Management, Communicative Health Management
e.g., support of preventive health care; changes in physician-patient-relationships; patient-oriented health; social media in health areas; usage of health- and physician rating websites; patient satisfaction; gender-specific health communication
- Sustainability and CSR Communication, Management of Sustainability and Social Responsibility
e.g., Integrated Sustainability Communication, CSR and (digital) media; effectiveness of CSR activities; leadership and ethics management; sustainable workforce, ethical consumption, Media Accountability
- Science Communication and Management
e.g., strategies and techniques of science communication; management of public communication in science
- Mental and Behavioral Health
e.g., public health interventions; epidemiology of common mental health and behavioral disorders; socioecological approaches to health research; family relationships and violence; implementation science, behavioral health, and technology
- Occupational health, safety, and well-being
e.g., work-related health behaviors, health and the work-nonwork interface, prevention and promotion interventions, workplace health management
Students are subject to the Curriculum for Doctoral Degree Programmes at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt in the applicable version as amended.
Candidates are invited to submit informative application documents (detailed curriculum vitae, degree certificates including evaluation results, letter of motivation), indicating the desired degree Dr. rer. soc. oec or Dr. phil or Dr. rer. nat..
For further information please refer to the HSCM Information Sheet.
- Thesis (preferably cumulative1 i.e. based on several academic papers)
- Completion of courses amounting to at least 32 ECTS credit points (Dr. phil or Dr. rer. nat.) or at least 34 ECTS (Dr. rer. soc. oec), spread over 6 semesters. The courses comprise the Philosophy of Science, qualitative and quantitative methods, literature seminars and interaction workshops.
1 For further information about the cumulative thesis, please refer to the corresponding regulation issued by the Vice-Rector for Studies. (Only available in German)
Faculty members (potential supervisors, listed alphabetically, as at March 2020)
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylke Andreas (Department of Psychology, Area of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, AAU)
- Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sonja Bidmon (Department of Business Management, Marketing and International Management, AAU)
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heiko Breitsohl (Department of Organization, Human Resources, and Service Management, Unit for Personnel, Leadership and Organisation, AAU)
- Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Sandra Diehl (Department of Media and Communications Science, AAU)
- Dipl.-Journ. Dr. Tobias Eberwein supervising mentor (ÖAW Kooperationsinstitut CMC)
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heather Foran (Department of Psychology, Health Psychology, AAU)
- Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sonja Grabner-Kräuter (Department of Business Management, Marketing and International Management, AAU)
- Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Jenull (Department of Psychology, Health Psychology, AAU)
- Univ.-Prof. DDr. Matthias Karmasin (Department of Media and Communications Science, AAU)
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ralf Terlutter (Department of Business Management, Marketing and International Management, AAU)
- Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Franzisca Weder (Department of Media and Communications Science, AAU) – currently on leave of absence
The HSCM programme is run in cooperation with KABEG (Landeskrankenanstalten-Betriebsgesellschaft – State Hospital Operating Association) in Carinthia (www.kabeg.at). KABEG is comprised of KABEG Management and the five state hospitals Klagenfurt, Villach, Wolfsberg, Laas and the Gailtal Clinic.
KABEG is represented by the chairman of the KABEG executive board, Dr. Arnold Gabriel. Depending on the focus of the respective thesis, medical staff at the KABEG may also serve as teaching staff, advisors, or second supervisors within the scope of the HSCM:
Klinikum Klagenfurt staff (as at March 2020):
- Head of the Department for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the Klinikum Klagenfurt a. W., Univ-Prof. Dr. Rudolf Likar
- Head of the Department for Geriatrics at the Klinikum Klagenfurt a. W., Dr. Georg Pinter
- Head of the Department for Dermatology and Venereology at the Klinikum Klagenfurt a. W., Univ-Doz. Dr. Bernhard Lange-Asschenfeld
- Head of the Department for Disorders of the Ear, Nose and Throat at the Klinikum Klagenfurt a. W., Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans Edmund Eckel
- Head of the Department for Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the Klinikum Klagenfurt a. W., Univ.-Doz. Dr. Manfred Mörtl
Klinikum Villach staff (as at March 2020):
- Head of the Department for Internal Medicine at the Klinikum Villach, Primaria Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Horn
- Head of the Department for Neurology at the Klinikum Villach, Primarius Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Kapeller
- Head of the Department for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Klinikum Villach, Primarius Univ.-Prof. Dr. Robert Birnbacher
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heather Foran
heather [dot] foran [at] aau [dot] at
+43 463 2700 1641
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heiko Breitsohl
heiko [dot] breitsohl [at] aau [dot] at
+43 463 2700 4061