Doctoral Training

CARTA / Doctoral Training

CARTA helps universities develop exciting environments for academic and research pursuits. It supports promising African scholars in affiliated universities to obtain high-quality doctoral training in public and population health.

Over the course of four years, each cohort of students attends four advanced seminars–Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS)– each running 3 to 4 weeks. The JAS expose students to key theories and concepts, seminal readings, and research methods of disciplines relevant to public and population health; they train students in critical research skills; and build and maintain a network of researchers for scientific collaborations, professional support, and mutually beneficial exchange of scientific resources. The formal training during JAS is complemented by inter-JAS activities that encourage fellows to stay connected and engage with peers and mentors as part of an online community of practice and graduate in a timely manner.

The four Joint Advanced Seminars encompass the following:

JAS 1:Builds critical thinking, technical skills, and other core research competencies, and introduce students to the essential concepts and seminal articles of the disciplines.
JAS 2: Focuses on data management and analysis. Fellows learn to use software packages for qualitative and quantitative data management and analyses.
JAS 3: Focuses on data presentation, the doctoral dissertation, and scientific writing and communication skills to facilitate results dissemination and policy engagement.
JAS 4: Addresses professional development including skills necessary to manage and teach large class sizes, raise and manage research funds, grant writing and research management. It is also an opportunity for senior fellows to practice mentoring of junior fellows through discussions and laboratory sessions, software training, and general information sharing.