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Public Health - Health Systems Policy and Management

12 months
17700 EUR/year
17700 EUR/year
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The Master of Public Health - Health Systems Policy and Management is an annual 12-month MPH programme organized by Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). 


This Public Health - Health Systems Policy and Management track from Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) is designed specifically for those who wish to work at the interface of policy and management, within different health systems contexts.

The worlds of international and national health governance and financing are also increasingly complex and interconnected. Globally, there is also greater recognition of and emphasis on the importance of working in partnerships to provide evidence-based public health solutions for continuously improving the quality and responsiveness of health services. Addressing these issues requires well-trained professionals, who are capable of solving complex public health problems systematically using a partnership approach.

Course Objectives

The MPH is designed to develop the capacity of senior health managers to use an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to address health problems in their country. In all programme components participants are encouraged to compare with participants from other countries who face similar issues but with alternative solutions.

After 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

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic training in either medicine or another field related to health care, such as health sciences, economics, social science or nursing.
  • Computer literacy is essential as we use a virtual learning platform in our education programme.
  • 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
  • Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)
  • 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.

Work experience

A minimum of three years of relevant working experience, including managerial responsibilities in health related services in a low resource country and including some experience in public health.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17700 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    17700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17700 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Course Fee 2022 (Part-Time): EUR 19.270

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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