Public Health-Health Systems Policy and Management, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)


This course is targeted at those who aspire to management positions in the public health. This track is designed specifically for those who wish to work at the interface of policy and management, withing different health systems contexts.

Public health in a changing environment

Health systems in low-and middle-income countries face a wide range of complex challenges. These
challenges include, but are not limited to: the inequalities in health and healthcare; the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases; the challenges presented by the unfolding demographic transition; the health needs in fragile environments, and the call for equity.
The worlds of international and national health governance and financing are also increasingly complex and interconnected. Globally, there is also a greater recognition of, and emphasis upon the importance of working in partnerships, at all times, to provide evidence-based public health solutions for continuously improving the quality and responsiveness of health services. Providing an effective response to these issues requires well-trained professionals able to solve complex public health problems systematically,
using a partnership approach.

Course Objectives

The MPH/ICHD is designed to develop the capacity of senior health managers to use an integrated,
multi-disciplinary approach to address health problems in their country.
At the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Critically assess population health status and identify population health problems, risk factors and
    determinants, and determine health needs.
  • Appraise the role of health systems in terms of fundamental goals, functions, actors and performance.
  • Influence effective policy-making and strategic planning concerning interventions aiming at
    improving public health, taking into account scientific evidence, good practice and local context.
  • Creatively implement, cost-effective, quality client-centred strategies and interventions.
  • Monitor and evaluate health interventions by effectively managing human, financial and logistic
    resources in the dynamic global and local context.
  • Work professionally across different sectors, different cultures, disciplines and institutional levels, with private and public actors, and through advocacy, communication and networking.
  • Identify research needs; commission research, and critically analyse and translate research results into policy and practice.
  • Incorporate a pro-poor and equity approach in all actions.
  • Continuously examine and critically self-reflect on their own cultural competence, motivation, practice and values, adjust them accordingly, and act as an agent of change.

Programme Structure

First trimester: Core modules for all tracks

  • Introduction
  • Epidemiology and statistics
  • Learning and communication skills
  • Social determinants of Health
  • Health systems and policy making
  • Health planning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Admission criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic training in either medicine or another field related to health, such as health sciences, economics, social science or nursing.
  • A minimum of three years of experience, including managerial responsibilities in health related services in a low resource country.
  • Proven proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Computer literacy is expected.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16350 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    16350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16350 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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

One possibility for obtaining a fellowship is through the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

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