Teaching and learning methods
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning approaches to ensure an optimal learning experience.
All our participants have relevant working experience, and we use this in our classes. We emphasize the practical application of the course content. As a participant, you will be asked to discuss and solve problems which are derived from real working situations, either from your own experience or those from the teachers. Our approach is aimed at improving your skills to implement and evaluate different approaches to solve health problems.
Where relevant, visits to public health services are included in our courses, such as to a Dutch hospital or first line care clinic.
KIT maintains an open door policy with an informal atmosphere. Having classrooms and offices located on the same floor enhances interaction between students and staff. Course facilitators are selected for their expertise, their ongoing work in the field and their contribution to building international networks. This includes facilitators working for international NGOs as well as UN agencies such as the World Health Organization. KIT staff members bring back the latest experience from the field based on KITs involvement in ongoing projects across the globe. KIT collaborates with highly ranked Dutch universities.
Quote by facilitator: ‘I like teaching KIT students: they ask critical questions related to their working environment. The students learn, but so do I!’
Our interactive learning approaches include discussions, debates, case studies, role plays, simulations and serious games. As one student from Spain stated;
“What I liked the most was the learning-by-doing approach of the NTC: one day you are playing the role of an European doctor in trouble with her/his staff in Africa to understand the importance of cross-cultural communication and the next you are constructing from zero a health system and looking at the consequences of your decisions for the patients.”
Marisa Mena, Spain, alumni MIH
One of the teaching methods that is greatly appreciated by students is the use of ‘Serious Games’. Whether board games or online games, these are tools designed to build students’ problem-solving skills in a specific area. KIT uses games in its Master of Public Health and Master in International Health programs to help students absorb information or gain skills of allocating health resources.
More information on ‘serious games’ developed by KIT:
E-learning and technologies
For classroom based courses, course materials are offered digitally, and a virtual platform is used to share audio-visual resources and content.
In addition to class-room based courses, KIT offers a number of blended (explain or link) and online courses. Our e-learning courses are offered via a Moodle based virtual learning environment (virtualgrounds.kit.nl), which will contain all learning materials. Interaction between learners and the lecturer will be through e-communication (using the KIT Virtual Grounds and other tools such as Skype). We use video lectures, online debates, peer review and other interactive methods. These courses are especially useful if you want to develop your professional skills, but you cannot leave your job or home for extended periods of time.
Accreditation and quality assurance
KIT’s Masters courses are given in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and are accredited the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) (link). In addition advanced courses are all accredited by TropEd, an international network of institutions for higher education in international health.
KIT’s courses have been developed in response to needs in the field. Masters programmes are based on professional profiles in the sector and are adapted with input from current practitioners. Courses are regularly updated to reflect new knowledge and changing conditions through input from students, alumni, employers and staff.
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A study load of 30 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one EC (credit point).
Advanced Courses at followed at KIT can thus be followed independently, as part of the KIT or Troped Master programmes, but also as part of another master programme if agreed previously with your home institution and KIT.
Organisation of the courses
On average, about 20-25 hours of classroom based sessions take place per week. Small classroom sizes (15- 30 students) allow close group interaction and builds in time for individual questions and concerns.
“I just loved my stay at KIT a lot! All administrative issues were dealt with perfectly, both through the team and through a very well done handbook. I very much liked the different activities, both initiated by KIT as the Dutch students, like joint international cooking in the KIT basement, visiting museums, or going for a drink in the evenings. I will always remember the Sinterklaas evening, when the Dutch students dressed up. …. If I had to decide again, I would choose Amsterdam again for my Core Course.”
Guenter Froeschl, Germany