Thematic doctoral programme Health, Science, and Social Responsibility Communication and Management (HSSCM)
The thematic doctoral programme “Health, Science, and Social Responsibility Communication and Management” follows an interdisciplinary design and teaches students comprehensive knowledge for use in communication and management in the field of healthcare, additionally qualifying them to take on social responsibilities. Furthermore, the focus is on the efficient and effective communication of scientific insights from the sphere of health to the general public. Having acquired these skills, participants are ideally prepared to apply their knowledge in their work in the health sector and in the corporate world. Moreover, the thematic doctoral programme provides students with the opportunity to confidently address issues with a high societal relevance from the fields of Health, Science, and Social Responsibility Communication and Management on an internationally competitive level. The skills set acquired in the course of this academic training programme equips participants with the necessary knowledge to publish research results in international journals, as well as to present and discuss these at international conferences. Participants receive thorough training in qualitative and quantitative methods. Each year during the course of the programme, a research seminar (Interaction Workshop) is scheduled to take place, where doctoral students present the papers they have written and report on the status of their respective doctoral thesis.
Academic degree: Dr. rer. soc. oec. or Dr. phil or Dr. rer. nat
Duration of studies: 3 years
Languages of instruction: English & German
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 HSSCM at any time (including a transfer from an existing doctoral degree).
Health Communication and Management, Communicative Health Management
e.g., support of health prevention; 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
CSR Communication, Management of Social Responsibility
e.g., CSR and (digital) media; effectiveness of CSR-activities; leadership and ethic management
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
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..
Thesis (preferably cumulative, 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.
Faculty members (potential supervisors, listed alphabetically, as at May 2017)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sylke Andreas (Department of Psychology, Psychological Diagnostics, AAU)
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sonja Bidmon (Department of Business Management, Marketing and International Management, AAU)
Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Sandra Diehl (Department of Media and Communications Science, AAU)
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)
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)
The HSSCM 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 HSSCM:
Klinikum Klagenfurt staff (as at May 2017):
Medical Director of the Klinikum Klagenfurt a. W., Univ-Doz. DDr. Ferdinand Waldenberger
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 May 2017):
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