Master in International Health (MIH)

General

Program Description

If you are a health professional (for example medical doctor, nurse, midwife) and you aspire to develop or-/ boost your career in international health, then the Master in International Health (MIH) is designed for you. This Master in International Health is a flexible program, allowing for full-time or part-time study. It consists of a core course, advanced modules, and a research project submitted as a thesis. The program can be completed within 1 to 5 years, depending on your availability. The MIH is organised by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). You can choose from hundreds of accredited advanced modules from the TropEd network. This way you can design a program that fits your individual interests and future plans. You study with like-minded professionals from all over the world and exchange knowledge and experience. Study at KIT results in lifelong friendships and contacts across the world.

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The Master in International Health (MIH) aims to develop the capacity of health professionals planning to work at the interface of international organizations and national health systems. Because you can design your own program, the MIH prepares you optimally for your desired field of work – whether that be child health, HIV and AIDS, maternal health, disaster settings, research, health policy, human resources or another area. The program can be completed within 1 to 5 years, depending on your availability. The MIH is organized by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Course Objectives

The MIH provides health professionals with the knowledge and skills required to deal with current challenges effectively. The MIH aims to enable you to understand and analyse international health issues, conduct applied research, and develop adequate and appropriate responses in a global context.

After the program you will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse key factors and forces, including international changes, shaping the health of populations in low and middle income countries.
  • Identify and appraise the challenges, threats, and opportunities for health care delivery arising from globalization.
  • Formulate effective and appropriate responses to complex international practice and policy issues.
  • Communicate effectively across disciplines, sectors and national boundaries and with professionals and clients at all different levels of the health system and related institutions.
  • Identify research needs, commission research and critically analyze and use research results.
  • Work professionally, critically reflect and continuously seek to enhance personal and organizational learning

Your profile

If you are a health professional (for example medical doctor, nurse, midwife) and you aspire to develop or-/ boost your career in international health, then the MIH is ideally designed for you.

Program structure

The program is taken in the following order:

  • Core course (NTC), (20 ECTS)
  • Advanced modules (20 ECTS)
  • Study visit WHO
  • Thesis (20 ECTS)

Admission criteria

  • Academic training at least to the level of a bachelor’s degree, either in medicine or a paramedical science
  • Two years of relevant work experience
  • Proven proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Computer literacy is expected

Accreditation

The Master in International Health is given in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and is accredited the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO www.nvao.com). In addition, it is accredited by tropEd, an international network of institutions for higher education in international health. "The lecturers and classmates from different backgrounds and different countries enriched the MIH courses with knowledge and personal experiences which made a delightful learning process. Together, we learned about current global health issues, the best evidence-based strategies and we contributed to developing each other's skills. Back in my country, Mexico, with the new skills and knowledge, I could improve the ARVs supply chain system nationwide as an essential part of delivering high-quality health care to people with HIV/AIDS." Alejandra Gonzalez Ruiz, Mexico, MD, MIH "Doing my Master in International Health (MIH) was one of the best decisions I ever made! The MIH enabled me to analyze my practical experience in theoretical frameworks; it showed me new perspectives and components to think about when working in the field. Due to the flexible set up of the MIH program, I was able to follow this masters program next to missions in the field. My thesis enabled me to describe the complex emergency I had witnessed while working in Syria. In addition, it was so enriching to meet all those inspiring classmates and study at different universities in different countries!" Maartje Hoetjes, the Netherlands, background in nursing, Emergency Relief Coordinator, Doctors without Borders (MSF).

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
  • Personal tutoring
  • Participants from diverse backgrounds and countries
  • Teaching by highly qualified specialists
  • Positively reviewed by tropEd
  • KIT: international center of excellence in international health and development
  • Accredited by NVAO

Last updated March 2019

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