International Health

Degree: Master of Science
Application: mandatory
Course start: winter semester only
Course duration: 1 year / 5 years
Study options: full-time / part-time
Language requirements: English
Other: postgraduate studies (continuing education)
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fees: see fees


Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg


Course outline

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

Further Information

Course structure

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

  • 1. Core Course - providing a basic overview of essential topics in International Health.
    After the completion of the core course, students should be able to
    • identify and analyse the interrelated determinants of health and major health problems of populations in low- and middle-income societies from a cross-disciplinary perspective
    • collect, analyse and critically appraise qualitative and quantitative data relevant for the improvement of health and health care in low- and middle-income societies
    • plan sustainable improvements for health systems, with an awareness of diverse intercultural settings and social and ethical responsibilities
    • communicate clearly and work professionally in a multi-disciplinary team
  • 2. Advanced Modules - in-depth learning on selected topics
  • 3. Thesis - guided individual research work with flexible personal choice

Full-time and part-time study
The MScIH programme can be completed in two ways, either by pursuing the one-year Residential Track (full-time) with a fixed set of Advanced Modules taken in Heidelberg or by spending between one and five years on the European Track (tropEd: Network for Higher Education in International Health), which allows for part-time study and an individual choice from the Advanced Modules offered in the tropEd network.

Before embarking on the programme, candidates must decide which track they want to pursue.

Teaching and learning methods
The lecturers and course staff are committed to creating a learning atmosphere that strikes an appropriate balance between input lectures, participatory activities and independent, individual studies. Accordingly, a combination of approaches is used:

  • interactive lectures - discussing theoretical and conceptual issues
  • group work, group discussions, plenary sessions - enabling the participants to share thoughts and ideas and thus deepen their understanding of theories and concepts
  • workshops and seminars - facilitating learning skills
  • tutorials - ensuring the attainment of individual learning goals and catering for individual learning needs.


Formal requirements

Application and admission

Admission to the course is restricted. Please consult the Admission Regulations.

Closing date for applications

April 30 for the winter term


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

Information regarding the application procedure

Further information

Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg

Examination regulations

Examination regulations (15 December 2006)
Examination regulations (15 December 2006, amended 3 December 2015)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook (see Downloads).

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees as of winter term 2015/16:

European Track

Core Course + thesis + final exam: EUR 7,863

Not included: Advanced Modules: EUR 1,000 for a two-week course at Heidelberg. Different fees apply within the network, average total cost approx. EUR 6,000

Residential Track

EUR 7,050 per semester.
Tuition fees do not include accommodation and other personal living expenses.

In addition, Heidelberg University charges an administration fee and a Studentenwerksbeitrag (Student Services contribution) per semester.

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


Academic advisor

Dr. Olaf Horstick
Institute of Public Health
(formerly Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health)
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 324
D-69120 Heidelberg
phone: +49 (0)6221 567191
fax: +49 (0)6221 564918



MScIH course office
Institute of Public Health
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 324
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany

phone: +49 (0) 6221 56-7190
fax:+49 (0) 6221 56-4918


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Letzte Änderung: 12.05.2016