Developing a Master’s Programme in Vietnam


Developing and delivering a joint Masters of Public Health with emphasis on HIV/AIDS together with the Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH), to improve capacity for HIV prevention in Vietnam.

Strengthening Vietnam's capacity to prevent HIV/AIDS

KIT Royal Tropical Institute and the Hanoi School of Public Health developed a Master’s programme to strengthen Vietnam’s capacity to prevent HIV/AIDS. Vietnamese students started the study programme in Vietnam, studying two modules at the Hanoi School of Public Health. Directly after that they continued their studies at KIT, in the Netherlands. Students participated in modules with emphasis on HIV and AIDS in the Master of Public Health at KIT, together with a multinational and multicultural group of students. Towards the end of the programme they returned to Vietnam, to complete two more modules at the Hanoi School of Public Health and their thesis. The programme culminated in a thesis defense in the first year with an oral exam at the HSPH with examiners from the Netherlands. The year thereafter the students defended their thesis through video-conferencing, with independent international examiners.

Results of the programme

Already eight students graduated from this innovative programme, while two more are expected to graduate.

KIT assisted the Hanoi School of Public Health in the accreditation of selected modules with the tropEd, Network for Education in International Health – thereby assuring quality of the education and the modules. Adjustments to learning objectives, content and examination methods were made to different modules, in order for the modular programme alignment and to assure quality. The degree was provided by the Free University Amsterdam, VU/KIT.