Master of Science in International Health (Heidelberg)


Master of Science in International Health (Heidelberg), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
(Heidelberg University), Institute of Public Health

Location Heidelberg

Course focus : International Health

Focuses on poverty-related health problems in low and middle income countries. It includes the promotion of health, prevention and treatment of disease. Studies of health systems, health economics and financing, health policy, and management of health services are central. A cursory view of diverse aspects of health in many low and middle income countries shows a need for improved health policy, more efficient organisation and management at all levels of health systems, and sustainable financing. In order to make health services accessible to the people who need them most, reforms are urgently needed both at the policy-making level and on the delivery side. The MScIH was developed with these factors in mind.

Teaching Approach

Participatory teaching and learning methods are the underlying didactic concepts of the course. Participants are expected to take an active part throughout the course, e.g., small group work, individual study time and assignments, presentations based on their own working experience, case studies and group discussion.

Course focus Structure

The course has three distinct parts, each accounting for 20 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). In this system, credit points are given on the basis of Student Investment Time, i.e., how much time a student “invests” in a given topic (including lecture time, group work and individual learning time). The three parts of the MScIH are:

  • A three-month core module, providing a basic overview on essential topics in International Health.
  • Advanced modules, offering more in-depth learning on selected topics.
  • A thesis module, allowing for guided individual research work with a personally flexible choice.

The course covers the diverse aspects of International Health and may be taken either as part-time study within the TROPED network or as a full-time one-year full time programme at Heidelberg (for details please see: DAAD scholarships are available for the full time programme.

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Quality Assurance

The programme is accredited at the national level. All taught parts (Core Course, Advanced Modules) are additionally accredited in the TROPED network. An international standard is further ensured by faculty members of other Institutes of Public Health acting as lecturers and external examiners. A maximum of 25 students are accepted into the programme, which guarantees intensive personal contact with lecturers and academic supervisors throughout the programme.

Target group:

The MScIH is intended for public health-related academic professionals, including nurses and physicians, with at least two years’ work experience in public health. Its focus is to provide students with a solid foundation in international public health principles and competency with the tools and methods necessary to initiate programmes that would improve health services in an efficient, sustainable and equitable way.

Career Perspective

Graduates are expected to take up policy, planning, management or teaching positions in, for example, international organisations, ministries of health, national health programmes, non-governmental organisations and universities.

Course language English

Entry requirements

  • Public health related academic degree (minimum of four years Bachelor or Master’s degree, conform to the standard of Heidelberg University) plus at least two years’ professional experience in a public health related position.
  • English language proficiency: if an applicant’s first language is not English, he/she is requested to provide evidence of his/her English language proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS test. (TOEFL required minimum score: 237 CBT, 92-93 iBT, 580 PBT or IELTS required minimum: Band 6.5)
  • The academic degrees should normally be no older than 6 years.

Degree awarded Master of Science in International Health (MScIH)

Course begins September 2018

Course duration 12 months

Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme 2 months (for students awarded a DAAD scholarship)

Application deadline

  • DAAD scholarships are available for the full time programme with the following deadline: Online application open from 15 May to 15 October for next year’s course. (for details please see:
  • University deadline (not for DAAD scholarship applications): 30 April for the same year’s course. Different deadlines may apply for other scholarship funding agencies

Further Information:

Heidelberg University, Institute of Public Health
MScIH – Course Administration
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)6221-567190
Fax: +49-(0)6221-564918
116 Website:

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