Ongoing advancements in health research are essential for addressing the health and social challenges of the 21st century. The flood of newly published studies requires effective knowledge management in evidence-based practice. In order to make informed health decisions, evidence syntheses are essential. This applies both to the treatment of individual patients and to health policy decisions.

The production of evidence syntheses is methodologically complex and dynamically evolving. Current challenges include combining data from different types of studies, using direct or indirect comparisons (network meta-analyses), presenting the benefits and risks of an intervention in an understandable way, and assessing and incorporating the values and preferences of the users of evidence syntheses. In addition, there are new, but as yet untested, possibilities for using artificial intelligence to automate individual processes in evidence syntheses.

Our PhD program in "Applied Evidence Synthesis in Health Research" will be the first to offer students the opportunity to specifically address these methodological challenges over a period of three years.

Target group

Our PhD program "Applied Evidence Synthesis in Health Research" is designed for junior researchers who

  • have completed a master's degree, come from diverse international backgrounds, and wish to further their research-oriented education at the intersection of methodological research on evidence synthesis and its application in health care.
  • aspire to build a career in specialized fields such as clinical research, public health research, or health policy research.
  • hold a strong interest in methods research in the field of evidence syntheses.
  • are preparing for an academic career on the international stage and aim to engage with decision-makers in the health sector.
Course options
Doctor of Philosophy
Admission requirements
according to regulations
6 semesters
Study location
University for Continuing Education Krems
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems


In 2015, the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation (AQ Austria) accredited the first two PhD programmes at the University for Continuing Education Krems: “Migration Studies” and “Regenerative Medicine”. This made the University for Continuing Education Krems one of the first public universities in Austria to have its PhD programmes accredited according to international standards. In 2021, the PhD program "Technology, Innovation and Cohesive Societies" was also successfully accredited by AQ Austria. Most recently, the PhD program "Applied Evidence Synthesis in Health Research" was accredited by AQ-Austria in December 2023.


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