Master of Science in International Health (MScIH)

The Master of Science in International Health study programme is part of the tropEd European Network for Education in International Health. It is a flexible modular programme which may be studied full-time over one year or part-time over a period of four to five years, yielding 60 ECTS credit points for academic achievements and awards an additional 30 ECTS for relevant professional experience. Graduates will receive the degree of "Master of Science in International Health" issued by Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

The MScIH may be combined with the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Public Health and/or the Diploma in International Public Health.

In order to accommodate students from all over the world, the teaching language is English.

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The following study periods normally apply:

Students who start the MScIH with at least 210 ECTS credit points from BSc studies (i.e. at least 3.5 years regular BSc studies), and…

·          …who study full time and have one year relevant professional experience before they start the MScIH: one year

·          …who study part time: up to four years

For students having enrolled before winter semester 2013, other rules may apply.

Students who start the MScIH with 180 ECTS credit points from BSc studies (i.e. 3 years regular BSc studies), and…

·          …who study full time and have one year relevant professional experience before they start the MScIH: 1.5 years

·          …who study part time: up to five years

International students who wish to study part-time are advised to enquire at the German Embassy of their home country if the visa they apply for permits part-time studies.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the MScIH programme, students will be able to

  • identify and critically analyse key factors and forces shaping the health and well-being of populations in low- and middle-income countries, taking into account both global and local perspectives
  • formulate effective and appropriate responses to complex policy and practice issues
  • identify and critically assess theoretical and practical approaches to develop appropriate strategies
  • plan, monitor and evaluate appropriate responses using evidence-based practice
  • apply appropriate research methods and research tools/instruments for investigating International Health problems
  • communicate effectively to diverse audiences using a range of media
  • examine their own practice in a critical manner and modify accordingly
  • work across disciplines relevant to International Health

Programme structure and content

Content and structure of the programme are flexible and depend on the duration of your undergraduate studies, whether or not you already acquired one year of relevant professional experience in a low- or middle-income country, and your choice of study mode (full-time or part-time). 

During the core course, each student is asked to outline their course of study and discuss it with the programme coordinator to make sure that their studies are optimally suited to their interests and professional objectives.

Accreditations and Quality Assurance

The Master of Science in International Health was accredited by the "Zentrale Evaluations- und Akkreditierungsagentur Hannover" until September 2016. 

It is accredited by the German "Akkreditierungsrat" until September 30, 2021.

Read here about the tropEd quality assurance in which the MScIH participates: quality assurance

Alumni Survey

Read here how the MScIH degree has influenced the career of our alumni: alumni survey