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PhD program in Public Health
International Higher School of Medicine PhD program offers advanced doctoral-level research
training which is based on multidisciplinary approaches for understanding origins and determinants of health and disease among groups of population. PhD in Public Health is intended primarily for students who could pursue careers in academic institutions or in research positions related to public health care outside of academia. Apart from fostering the next generation of health care researchers and scientists, the program will provide opportunities for students to build capacity in science communication using mentoring and teaching skills, thereby helping them become educators in their professional fields.

Admission requirements for the PhD Program in Public Health Prerequisites

  1. Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic, foreign citizens and stateless individuals with professional education, confirmed by a diploma of Master or Specialist in accordance with this Regulation and International treaties entered into force under the established procedure, to which the Kyrgyz Republic is a party, have the right to enter the doctoral PhD program;
  2. Admission of applicants to the IHSM PhD program is carried out on a competitive basis according to the results of entrance examinations;
  3. Those entering the PhD program take entrance exams:
  • in one of the foreign languages of their choice;
  • in the specialty (Public Health);
  • and are interviewed on justification of their research topics;
  1. Individuals holding a test certificate (TOEFL 600/250/100, IELTS 7.0) are exempt from the foreign language admission test;
  2. Examination entry confirmation shall be made upon the submission of a passport or other document certifying the identity;
  3. Retaking entry examinations is not allowed;
  4. Duration of doctoral studies is not less than three years of full-time education;
  5. Training is carried out on a contractual basis.

List of documents required for the admission

Individuals applying for the PhD program must submit the following documents to the IHSM:

  1. Application addressed to the Rector of IHSM;
  2. Copy of Master's degree diploma or a professional degree diploma (Specialist degree);
  3. A certificate from the authorized state body in the field of education and science of the Kyrgyz Republic confirming the level and content of educational documents issued by foreign educational institutions;
  4. Passport, military ID card and employment record book must be submitted in person and returned to an applicant after verification;
  5. For foreign citizens: passport with the proper visa (copy);
  6. Justification of the planned dissertation research, coordinated with the supposed native or foreign academic advisor;
  7. Written approval of the research supervisor for the academic supervision (does not require a specific form);
  8. Copy of the certificate of passing the English language test (if available);
  9. A list of scientific and scientific-methodological works (if available);
  10. Six photos of size 3.5⨯4.5 cm;
  11. Medical certificate 086-U;
  12. Employee personal data sheet and a document confirming professional experience (for those who have an employment record);
  13. Copy of Statutory Health Insurance;
  14. An essay on the applicant's reasons for applying to the PhD program and on his/her long-term career goals and how this program can help him/her achieve those goals.


  1. Admission to IHSM shall be carried out on the personal application of citizens.
  2. When applying for admission to a higher educational institution, an applicant, at his/her discretion, shall present an original or certified photocopies of documents providing his identity, citizenship, an original or a certified photocopy of a state-issued certificate of education and the required number of photographs.
  3. Applicants with an academic degree of “master” or higher professional education with the qualification of “specialist” are accepted for doctoral studies
  4. Applicants who have submitted obviously false documents to the university selection committee shall be liable under the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.
  5. Upon arrival at the IHSM, applicant must provide the following    documents:
  • An application addressed to the rector of the IHSM for admission to the university;
  • Document providing identity and citizenship. Passport with an appropriate entry visa (if foreign applicant);
  • Substantiation of the planned dissertation research agreed with a supposed domestic or foreign scientific consultant; 
  • Written consent of the research supervisor to the research supervision (in free form); 
  • Diploma or Diploma copy (certified by the notary);
  • Copy of the certificate of passing the test in foreign languages (if available);
  • 6 colored photographs of 3.5x4.5 cm in size;
  • Medical reference - 086 form
  • Personal card for staff registration records and a document certifying to labor activity (needed for individuals with work experience);
  • Copy of the compulsory medical insurance certificate;


1.    The entrance examination deadlines:
Submission of documents
    From 1 to 20 August
    From 1 November to 20 November

Entrance examinations
    From 21 to 30 August
    From 21 to 30 December

     Until 5th September
     Until 5th January
2. Entrance tests shall be conducted in one of the foreign languages (English, German, French, Chinese);

  • for a chosen specialty;
  • interview to substantiate the research topic.

3. Applicants with a certificate of passing the test (TOEFL 600/250/100, IELTS 7.0) are exempt from the entrance test in a foreign language.
4. Admission to entrance exams is allowed with a passport or other identification document.
5. Re-examination is not allowed.


1. Tuition fee for 2019-2020 academic year are:

  • For the citizens of Kyrgyz Republic at a rate of 157 540 soms (KGZ) 
  • For the citizens of other countries at a rate of 349 000 soms (KGZ) .
  • For permanent members of staff of the IHSM discount for training is provided.

2. The costs associated with the stay of foreign applicants / students in the Kyrgyz Republic, including payment for meals, additional educational services and other expenses shall be incurred independently by the applicant / student or official representative, in accordance with the rules and procedures established in the IHSM
3. Upon admission of the applicant to the IHSM, a contract shall be concluded for the entire period of study. The contract shall be signed by the Rector.


  1. An applicant can apply online.
  2. Except the main requirements we have a set of other specific rules for each country. The additional information might be provided in the regional offices of our regional representatives or directly from our Postgraduate Office (contact information is below).
  3. After fulfilling all the requirements  and getting admitted  you will be provided with a provisional admission letter and application form at your request. 
  4. Finally, as soon as your visa invitation is ready, we will mail you a confirmed admission letter with visa invitation (if foreign applicant).
  5. Successful applicants are required to apply for e-visa form the Ministry of External Affairs of Kyrgyz Republic. Please visit:;
  6. Or you may contact with the regional representative of your country or International Cooperation Center ( and provide your documents for getting e-visa;
  7. For more important information please contact PG Office:

         Telephone: +996 556 163057