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NEW: Foundations of monitoring, evaluation and learning in public health (MEL)

This dynamic two weeks course equips you with essential skills and knowledge to navigate the landscape of evidence-informed decision making in global public health.

2 weeks
Course Period
from 30/01/2025 until 14/02/2025
KIT Amsterdam


This course delves into the foundational principles of monitoring, evaluation, and learning within the frame of global public health. You will explore key concepts such as log frames, indicators, and targets, alongside an examination of typical primary and secondary data sources, including the pivotal role of Health Management Information Systems (HMIS).

Practical sessions will focus on the development of data collection tools, including electronic data collection methods while adhering to best practices for data collection and ethical standards.

You will develop Microsoft Excel competencies for basic data management, analysis, and visualization, empowering students to harness data effectively for decision-making purposes.

Tailoring reporting content and format to diverse stakeholders’ needs, alongside fostering feedback loops and adaptive management strategies, will be emphasized to enhance program effectiveness and impact.

This course is tropEd accredited and can be followed as a stand-alone course or as specialisation course of the Master in Public Health and Health Equity programme.

Learning methods

Engagement in this course will encompass a blend of interactive lectures, practical workshops, case studies, and group discussions.

Feedback and guidance from experienced instructors will facilitate an immersive learning experience, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving abilities essential for success in the field.

For participants who wish to receive a certificate of completion of the course, including the CET accredited hours, the assessment is required.

tropEd students are required to take the assessment at the end of the course.

If you do not wish to do the assessment, you can receive a certificate of attendance of the course.

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At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Construct operational log frames, define indicators, and establish targets for public health initiatives, distinguishing between primary and secondary data sources (including by not limited to the role of Health Management Information Systems)
  • Develop primary data collection tools and approaches that adhere to best practices and ethical standards for data collection in health
  • Use Microsoft Excel proficiently for fundamental data management, analysis, and visualization tasks (Implement data entry protocols, perform basic data quality checks, apply descriptive statistical functions, and construct pivot tables, create charts and scatterplots)
  • Appraise reporting requirements against information needs across diverse stakeholders in public health and customize reporting content and format accordingly while recognizing the importance of feedback loops and adaptive management in enhancing program effectiveness and impact


Course Content

  • Logframes, indicators, and targets
  • Primary vs. secondary data sources and the role of HMIS
  • Development of precise data collection tools, including electronic methods
  • Microsoft Excel for data management, analysis, and visualization
  • Tailoring reporting content and format to diverse stakeholders’ needs
  • Feedback loops and adaptive management strategies

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Major value of the course has been the high standard of its participants together with the perfect “mediation” of the lecturers. I have appreciated the capacity of the KIT team to lead the classes with enough time for peer relations. As for the contents, the course has been a perfect update to better move within the delicate public/private partnership. I hadn’t been studying for years and it was great.”
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Admission criteria

  • Academic training or a professional qualification in a relevant field
  • A basic knowledge of epidemiology and principles of social research
  • Work experience in a related area, including experience in management or planning in developing countries
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Computer literacy is essential: we use a virtual learning platform and digital tools in our education and assignments

Application procedure

The application package is due two months before the start of the course.

Please upload your application online. The following documents should be uploaded:

  • A one-page letter of motivation
  • Copies of your diplomas and grade reports (academic transcripts)
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of publications if applicable

What we expect from your motivation letter:

Please indicate in your motivation letter why you want to follow this specific course, why you want to follow the course at KIT Amsterdam, what do you expect to learn and how you will apply your newly gained competencies from the course in your work, what kind of benefits will it bring to your future career, etc. Describe a relevant problem you have experienced in the last two years that you would like to discuss during this specific course. Your motivation should be about ½-1 page. Please do not repeat your CV again.

This course can be taken on its own, or as specialisation course of the Master of Science in Public Health and Health Equity (MPH-HE).

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Practical information


Classes are held at KIT’s training facilities in Amsterdam.


There is a severe shortage of student accommodation in Amsterdam and participants are advised to contact KIT for information. KIT will endeavour to assist participants in their search for housing.

Visa requirements

Citizens of most EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. Visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on visa requirements.

Participants from other countries must obtain a short-stay visa (for up to three months) through the Netherlands embassy or consulate covering the applicant’s country. Applicants will need a letter of admission to the course and proof of sponsorship or sufficient funds to cover the course fee, travel and accommodation costs. Applicants should take into account that in some countries this procedure can take several months.

European Credit

The European Credit Transfer System (EC) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A course comprising 28 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one EC credit point.

Insurance requirements

Course participants and accompanying dependents are required by Dutch law to have health, accident and third party insurance. Unless their current insurance policy covers their stay abroad, participants must insure themselves and their dependents in the Netherlands. Dutch insurance companies offer reasonable rates to foreign students. KIT can assist with arranging insurance.


This course is also accredited for the Master of Science in Public Health and Health Equity, organised by KIT Institute and tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.

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The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or scholarships.

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Discounts and Fees

We offer a range of discounts for early bird applicants, alumni, tropEd students and groups. See below the discounts and fees for the course on Foundations of monitoring, evaluation and learning in public health (MEL). See for more information about our discounts for groups and other short courses on our exclusive discount page.

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Why Study at KIT Institute?

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

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