Rebuilding Disrupted Health Systems – Developing context-specific strategies for health care policies, implementation and governance (E-learning) (RDHS-E)

This e-learning course strengthens you to address health system challenges in complex emergencies and fragile states. To prepare you for improving these challenging situations we will analyse roles and strategies of key actors, humanitarian aid and politics, and human rights policies. You will thus become able to develop context-specific strategies for rebuilding disrupted health systems.

This course is tropEd accredited. It can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the
Master in International Health programme.

12 weeks in total: 10 weeks interactive learning & 2 weeks working on assignment and final exam
Course period (2022)
from 26/09/2022 until 16/12/2022
Distance-based via KIT Virtual Grounds (virtual learning environment)
Course fee Early Bird (2022)
EUR 1.880 (if paid before 1 July 2022)
Course fee Normal (2022)
EUR 2.020 (tropEd fee EUR 1.610)
KIT application deadline OKP
15 February 2022
OKP scholarship application (course period 2022)
February- March 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed)
KIT application deadline other funding (course period 2022)
1 month before start of the course (*) (* Maximum number of students: 30, maximum number of TropEd students: 10)

WHO Collaborating Centre

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated KIT Health as WHO Collaborating Centre for health systems in fragile and conflict affected contexts.



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

  • Identify policy and implementation gaps and discuss options to address these in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Discuss governance challenges and the key issues while addressing them in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Analyse the challenges of regulating health care provision in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Analyse the challenges of allocating limited resources in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Analyse short and long term approaches for health services delivery aiming to address the health needs of populations living in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Develop context-specific strategies to address challenges in rebuilding health systems in fragile and conflict affected environments

Learning methods

This course is geared towards adult learning and uses participatory approaches as much as possible. A variety of methodologies are used including lectures, discussion, group work, case studies and exercises. Participants will be given reading material in advance and will be required to complete 28 hours of preparatory work. Participants will also be able to discuss topics raised in the daily sessions during optional evening forums. Participants will conduct an in-depth analysis of the health sector in a specific conflict affected country through the study of selected, context specific documents before the course, group work during the course, and a presentation of main findings to colleagues and trainers at the end of the course.


For participants who wish to be examined a paper or exam can be provided. TropEd students are required to take an exam at the end of the course.


This course is accredited by tropEd. It can be taken as an advanced module for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme (


Online learning

This module is an online learning course. The facilitation of the learning experience is conducted exclusively via a Moodle based virtual learning environment (, 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).

The main learning methods employed are:

1. Self-directed learning where students make use of the materials posted on KIT Virtual Grounds to meet the learning objectives of the course.

Learning materials include:

  • Readings; downloadable or scanned articles, eBooks
  • PowerPoints with extended notes, or a recorded ‘narrative’
  • Recorded mini-lectures (voice, image & PowerPoint slides)
  • Short videos, including recordings of KIT staff, associates or partners on practical examples
  • Self-assessment quizzes. For students to test their knowledge and understanding of topics covered
  • Self-reflection on the learning process and theoretic knowledge gained throughout the course will be obtained from the students

2. Initiating, and responding to, discussion strands on the discussion board. The unit guides include questions for reflection and discussion, in order to guide the directed learning. Students can initiate discussion topics as well. Discussions will be student led. Tutors will monitor the discussions and give feedback on key points. Students can also discuss topics in a chatroom (but will not be required to do so).

Interactions on the discussion board and in a chatroom will enable students to exchange research experiences and insights, ask questions for clarification and give peer feedback. Importantly, these interactions will enable the building of a community of learners; a social community which will significantly enhance the learning experience. Group work plays an important part in this course and each group will have their own private discussion forum that only they (and the tutor) can access and which will be used in the final summative assessment and grading.

3. Giving and receiving constructive peer feedback, in written form or via chat/Skype, on amongst other aspects, formative assignments of other students. Students will be asked to give feedback in written form or through chat/Skype.

4. Tutorial sessions will be held during students work on their assignment to address issues and to provide guidance to the projects on a one-on-one basis.



This module is part of the Master in International Health, which is designed for medical doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals with at least a bachelor’s level education who are developing a career in international health.

Admission Criteria

  • Relevant work experience in public/international health
  • Proven proficiency in English
  • Regular access to a computer and the internet (broadband) for the duration of the module
  • Basic computer skills, including using the world-wide web

Application procedure

The application package for e-learning courses is due 1 month 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
  • 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 part of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme.

Early Bird registration

Early Bird registration and payment applies when payment is made before 1 February 2021.
Please note that you will receive a response on your application within 4 weeks.

FAQ Online Application System

Do you have a question about our Online Application System? Go to our FAQ Online Application System:

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Practical information


Online distance learning via KIT Virtual Grounds, KIT’s virtual community of professionals in health and international development.
E-learning courses are the perfect solution for those looking to expand their knowledge but unable to study in Amsterdam. They can be followed via internet connection from anywhere in the world.


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


The European Credit Transfer System (EC) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A course comprising 30 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one ECcredit point.

This course is worth 5 EC.


This course is in process to be accredited by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health. The course can be taken as an advanced module for the Master in International Healthprogramme organised by KIT and other institutes in the tropEd network.

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You can find all information about our online application system on this page 

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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

  • 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

Coordinators & Support

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Susan Huider

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