International Health

Degree: Master of Science
Application: Mandatory
Course start: winter term
Course duration: 1 year / 5 years
Study options: full-time / part-time
Language requirements: English
Other: Postgraduate studies (weiterbildend)
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fees: see fees

Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg


Programme Overview

The focus of our International Health Programme is on poverty-related health problems in low- and middle- income countries.
In order to make health services accessible to the people who need them most, there is a need in many developing countries to improve health policy, to make organisation, planning and management more efficient at all levels of the delivery system, and to ensure sustainable financing. Hence, generating reliable information through applied research is essential.
The Master of Science course in International Health (MSc IH) at Heidelberg University was developed with these factors in mind.
The overall aim of the programme is to provide students with a solid foundation in international public health principles and with the competency in using the tools and methods necessary to initiate and run programmes that improve the health of poor populations in an efficient, sustainable and equitable way.

Further Information:


Programme Structure

The MScIH is a modular programme consisting of three parts, each accounting for 20 ECTS (=European Credit Transfer System):

  • Core Course - providing a basic overview on essential topics in International Health.
    After the completion of the core course, students should be able to:
    • Identify and analyse interrelated determinants of health and major health problems of populations in a cross-disciplinary perspective in low- and middle-income societies
    • Critically collect, analyse and appraise qualitative and quantitative data relevant for the improvement of health and health care in low and middle-income societies
    • Plan sustainable improvements of health systems considering the diverse intercultural settings as well as social and ethical responsibilities
    • Clearly communicate and work professisonally in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Advanced Modules - offering more in-depth learning on selected topics.
  • Thesis - allowing for guided individual research work with a personal flexible choice.

Full Time and Part Time Study
The MScIH programme can be completed in a one-year Residential Track (full time), with a fixed set of Advanced Modules taken at Heidelberg, or from one to five years  in the European Track (tropEd: Network for Higher Education in International Health), allowing for part time studies and an individual choice of Advanced Modules offered within the tropEd network.

Before entering the programme, the candidate must decide which track he/she wants to follow.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The lecturers and course staff are committed to the development of a learning atmosphere that balances input lectures, participatory activities and independent, individual studies. Thus, a combination of approaches is used:

  • Interactive lectures - to present theoretical and conceptual issues
  • Group work, group discussions, plenary sessions - to enable the participants to share thoughts and ideas and thereby deepen their understanding of theories and concepts
  • Workshops and seminars - to facilitate learning skills
  • Tutorials - to ensure the achievement of individual learning goals and to meet individual learning needs.



Application and Admission

Admissions are restricted according to the admission regulations.

Closing date

April 30th for the winter term


Applications should be directed to the Institute of Public Health (see below).

Information regarding the application procedure.

Further Information

Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg

Examination Regulations

Examination regulations (from 15.12.2006)

Examination Board

The respective examination board or office is responsible for credit transfer, recognition, and examination issues. Further details are available from the academic advisor.


The International Health programme  is accredited until September 30th 2011.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees are for students beginning in winter term 2011/12:

European Track

Core Course + thesis + final exam: EUR 7.863

Not included: Advanced Modules: EUR 1.000 for a two weeks course at Heidelberg. Different fees apply within the network, average total cost approx. 6.000 €.

Residential Track

7050,- € per Semester.
Tuition fees do not include accommodation and other personal living expenses.

In addition, the Heidelberg University charges an administration fee and a Studentenwerksbeitrag per semester.


Tuition fees for students who were matriculated before winter term 2011/12.


Academic Counselling

Claudia Bertram, M.A.
Programme Manager Master of Science in International Health
Institute of Public Health
(formerly Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health)
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 324
D-69120 Heidelberg
Tel.: +49 (0)6221-56-4905
Fax: +49 (0)6221-56-4918



Institute of Public Health
(formerly Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health)
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 324
D-69120 Heidelberg

Administration Office

Tel.: +49 (0)6221-56-5905
Fax: +49 (0)6221-56-4918


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Letzte Änderung: 24.09.2014