New Master of Public Health with focus on Health Equity

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KIT Royal Tropical Institute proudly presents the Master in Public Health and Health Equity (MPH-HE). This new Master programme organised by KIT and VU University Amsterdam is a mid-career Master of Science programme that will start in September 2024.

It is a progressive merger of the Master of Public Health and Master in International Health and combines experience going back as far as 1963 with new insights and adapted to the changed public health landscape. The MPH-HE caters specifically to mid-career professionals aspiring to contribute significantly to global health outcomes.

Public Health and Health Equity in a Changing Environment

Health systems in low- and middle-income countries face a wide range of complex challenges. These include, among others, the inequalities in health and healthcare; the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases; the unfolding demographic transition; and the health needs in fragile and conflict-affected settings. These challenges disproportionately affect disadvantaged populations worldwide, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

The new Master in Public Health and Health Equity (MPH-HE) is better tailored for this changing world. The global context for health has changed and with it the vision on Public Health. The world is increasingly seen as multi polar. Equity issues do not only occur anymore between high income countries and middle and low income countries but also within countries, both in the Global South and in the Global North.”

Lisanne Gerstel, Team Leader KIT Education

Specialised Learning for Impact

The MPH-HE offers a contemporary and interdisciplinary curriculum with a primary emphasis on health equity in low-resource settings and in high-resource settings with disadvantaged populations, using a gender and inclusive approach.

The new programme offers five specialization tracks with full-time and part-time options. Four specialization tracks with predefined modules on Epidemiology, Health Systems and Policy, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and one tailor-made track are offered as full-time 12 month programmes. A fifth track on Selected Challenges and Solutions in Public Health is offered part-time (1-5 years) and allows participants to follow modules both at KIT and at member institutions of the tropEd network.

The core course of the Master programme: Core Course in Public Health and Health Equity can be followed as a separate course. It prepares participants to systematically analyse and address complex public health issues, covering epidemiology, health system aspects, and broader social determinants of health.

Accreditation

The Master of Public Health and Health Equity is accredited under VU by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO). This accreditation ensures that the programme adheres to rigorous educational standards. VU ranks highly in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. KIT Master students obtain a VU degree upon graduation.

Building a Global Community

For those aspiring to contribute significantly to global health outcomes, the Master of Public Health and Health Equity provides a unique learning experience. Participants engage in interdisciplinary exchanges and establish a network that extends beyond graduation.

With a multidisciplinary team of researchers, educators and advisors, KIT has over sixty years of experience training professionals in global health who have lasting impacts on health service delivery in their home countries and around the world. KIT training programmes respond to current global health developments and are known for their practical application, multidisciplinary approach and interactive participatory training methods.

KIT’s monumental building, located in the heart of Amsterdam, is home to a vibrant international community, working, teaching and sharing knowledge about different public and global health issues. By bringing together people from different countries and regions, KIT’s international courses create a forum for linking and exchanging experiences both during the courses and afterwards through our alumni network.

At KIT, we seek to improve global health by empowering tomorrow’s global health leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to address new and existing health challenges and to have a life-long impact.