Master of Public Health - International Course in Health Development (MPH/ICHD)


Program Description

Master of Public Health/International Course in Health Development (MPH/ICHD)

Do you want to study in an inspiring environment and get updated on the newest developments in public health? Discuss health problems and exchange experiences with a group of like-minded health professionals from Mexico to Myanmar, from Canada to China, from Afghanistan to Zambia? Then come and study in our magnificent building in the heart of Amsterdam! Our Master of Public Health offers the following specializations:

  • MPH Track in Health Systems Policy and Management.
  • MPH Track in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

The International Course in Health Development (MPH/ICHD) is an annual twelve-month Master of Public Health program organized by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Health systems in developing countries face a wide range of challenges: inequalities in health and health care; the overwhelming problems posed by the HIV pandemic; health sector reforms; a call for equity and poverty reduction; epidemiological and demographic transitions with their double burden of disease; new partnerships with donors and other institutions through sector-wide approaches and Global Funds; the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; and a focus on quality of services and evidence-based public health. Providing an effective response to these issues requires well-trained professionals able to solve complex public health problems systematically and using a multisectoral approach.

Course Objectives

The MPH/ICHD is designed to develop the capacity of senior health managers to use an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to address health problems in their country. At the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyze the health status of a population and identify health needs.
  • Appraise the role of health systems in terms of fundamental goals, functions, actors, and performance.
  • Identify priorities and influence effective policy-making and strategic planning concerning interventions aiming at improving public health, taking into account scientific evidence and good practice.
  • Implement and monitor health interventions by managing human, financial and logistic resources.
  • Work professionally across different sectors, disciplines and institutional levels, with public and private actors, and through advocacy, communication, and networking.
  • Identify research needs, commission research, and critically analyze and use research results.
  • Incorporate a pro-poor and equity approach in all actions.
  • Continuously examine and critically reflect on own practice and values and adjust them accordingly.

Your profile

If you are a health professional working or preparing to work, in a managerial capacity in health services or programs at national, regional or decentralized district level, then the MPH/ICHD is ideal for you. You have the option choosing between 2 tracks, designed for different professional domains:

  • MPH Track in Health Systems Policy and Management: if you aspire to work at the interface of policy and management, within different health systems contexts.
  • MPH Track in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: if you wish to work in SRHR focus domains which may include HIV and AIDS.

NEW: Since September 2018 it is also possible to follow this Masters programme in Part-time modus or follow the core coures in Public health separately.

Admission criteria

  • Academic training at least to the level of a bachelor’s degree, either in medicine or in another field related to health care, such as health sciences, economics, social science or nursing.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant working experience, including managerial responsibilities in health services in a low or middle-income country.
  • Proven proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Computer literacy is expected


The Master in Public Health is given in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and is accredited the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO


There are scholarships available for this master program from the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), for health professionals from 52 eligible countries.
Applicants should apply for academic admission to KIT before February 2019.
OKP registration period: February - March 2019

“I feel so honoured to be among those making some difference in the public health landscape of my country, Nigeria. There is no doubt that my KIT experience and MPH marked a milestone in my professional development and my life post-MPH.” Eno Usoroh, Nigeria

Why study at KIT?

  • Up-to-date approach to complex public health issues
  • Practice-oriented
  • Exchange between disciplines
  • Interactive education
  • Development of personal and professional competencies
  • Network building
  • Personal tutoring
  • Participants from diverse backgrounds and countries
  • Teaching by highly qualified specialists
  • Positively reviewed by tropEd
  • KIT: international center of excellence in international health and development
  • Accredited by NVAO

Last updated Sep 2018

About the School

KIT (Royal Tropical Institute) equips health professionals to address public health challenges around the world. We offer master programs and advanced courses at our training facilities in Amsterdam ... Read More

KIT (Royal Tropical Institute) equips health professionals to address public health challenges around the world. We offer master programs and advanced courses at our training facilities in Amsterdam and through e-learning. Read less