Master of Science in International Health (Berlin) – Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health
Master of Science in International Health (Berlin) – Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health: The Master of Science Programme in International Health raises awareness of current global health problems and allows students to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the health and well-being of populations. The programme contributes to sustainable development and focuses on improving the management of health services for disadvantaged populations with a focus on low and middle income societies.
The tropEd Network
The programme is organised within the tropEd Network for Education in International Health, a registered association of 20 European and several non-European institutions of higher education (Australia, Bolivia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Tanzania and Mexico). The programme is characterised by a unique synergy of
experience and expertise of leading higher education institutions. Its innovative approach is based on the mobility of people, the exchange of ex-periences in different disciplines and the establishment of a common international standard in education and training. The programme prepares people to work more effectively in a multicultural
environment by exposing them to various perspectives. The Network Secretariat is based at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel.
Course focus: Content
The Master’s programme comprises studies in a number of public health-related disciplines including health economics, epidemiology and statistics, health promotion, management sciences, population sciences, reproductive health, mental health, social sciences, travel and migrant health, tropical medicine with a focus on infectious diseases, bacteriology, parasitology, virology and laboratory practice.
The Master’s programme in International Health is a modular degree programme for full-time or part-time study consisting of an introductory core course, advanced optional modules and a research project submitted as a thesis. The core course is divided into three modules: concepts & research methods (with a focus on epidemiology), health problems (with a focus on tropical medicine) and health systems. The core course and a number of advanced modules are offered at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Further optional modules can be selected from a list of more than 180 courses offered by the tropEd partner institutions (see course catalogue at www.troped.org). The course offering includes distance and e-learning modules.
A peer-reviewed quality assurance process within the tropEd Network guarantees highest standards in education and training. National accreditation of teaching provision has been obtained in Germany as well as in several other European countries, and the programme has repeatedly been selected as one of the best European Master’s programmes (2002 European University Association; 2004, 2005 and 2009 European Commission). The programme was recognised for demonstrating innovation in addressing issues of transnational cooperation with an excellent record of teaching quality assurance and recognition, student mobility, course integration and sustainability.
Duration / ECTS Credits
The programme can be completed within two semesters (full-time) or up to eight semesters (part-time). A total of 60 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points must be accumulated for successful completion of the programme; one ECTS credit point is equivalent to 30 hours student investment time. A minimum of 10 ECTS credit points for advanced modules needs to be earned at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. The research project may be undertaken either in Berlin or abroad.
Selection of participants is guided by the programme’s emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to international health. Students from a variety of backgrounds are recruited, including medical professionals, social scientists, health educators and health managers.
Course language English
- For DAAD scholarship applicants:: Completion of a 4-year Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in a health-related field, e.g. medicine, public health, biology, educational sciences, psychology, sociology, anthropology, epidemiology, nutrition, health economics, two years relevant experience in a low or middle income country upon start of the course, proficiency in English.
- For self-funded students: Completion of a 3-year Bachelor’s (180 ECTS credits) or equivalent degree in a health-related field. Students who start the MScIH with 180 ECTS credit points from BSc studies must attend more advanced modules and do an additional critical literature review compared to students who start the MScIH with at least 210 ECTS credit points from BSc studies.
- Applicants must have one year relevant professional experience in a low or middle income country or acquire this experience during the course. Proficiency in English is to be demonstrated by a TOEFL score of at least 550 PBT, 213 CBT, 80 iBT, IELTS Band score of at least 6.0 or an equivalent approved test.
- Master of Science in International Health (MScIH)
- Winter Semester: early September
- For DAAD scholarship applicants: DAAD scholarship holders follow a predefined study track of 12 months (full time), which currently offers little flexibility.
- For self-funded students with at least 210 ECTS credit points from BSc studies:
- 12 months (full-time students who have one year relevant professional experience in a low or middle income country upon start of the course),
- 24 months (full-time students who need to acquire one year relevant professional experience in a low or middle income country during the course),
- 24 to 48 months (part-time students). International students are advised to inquire at the German Embassy of their home country whether the student visa permits part-time studies.
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme:
A two-month introductory German language course is offered in July and August. For DAAD scholarship holders this course is mandatory. (N.B.: The language of the Master’s programme is English, not German.)
- Applicants for a DAAD scholarship: 15 October of the year prior to the start of the programme at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Applications for DAAD scholarships need to reach the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health,Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin by 15 October of the year prior to the start of the programme. Applications in electronic form and incomplete applications will not be considered. Further information is provided on our website:
- Self-funded applicants: 31 March of the same year at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health. Applicants will be notified on admission/rejection in early May. Download of application forms at
- Additional degrees can be acquired in parallel at additional cost. Please consult http://internationalhealth.charite.de/en/degrees/master_of_science_in_international_health/.
Module and course fees follow regulations current in the tropEd partner institutions. Generally, a fee of about 200-300 Euros per ECTS credit has to be paid for advanced modules and of about 75 Euros per ECTS credit for the Master’s thesis. For exact fees of current modules, please consult the tropEd website (http://www.troped.org).
The present core course tuition fee at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is 3500 Euros. One-week advanced modules cost 375 Euros, two-week modules cost 750 Euros. The thesis supervision fee amounts to 1,500 Euros for a thesis yielding 20 ECTS credits.
In addition, students of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin must pay a registration fee, presently approximately 100 Euros per semester, i.e., twice annually.
Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Master’s Programme in International Health
Student Support Officer
Augustenburger Platz 1
Phone: +49-(0)30-450 565 753
Fax: +49-(0)30-450 565 989