Core Course in Public Health

19th September to 9th December 2022, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The core course in Public Health is a three month course that prepares health managers to use a public health approach to address health issues in their country, taking into account epidemiology, health system aspects and broader social determinants of health. The course will prepare you to solve complex public health problems systematically. 

The course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of a (part-time) Master of Public Health. This course is targeted at those who aspire to management positions in the public health.

The full-time Master of Public Health (MPH) (formerly known as International Course in Health Development) is an annual 12-month MPH programme organized by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Participants can choose from the following study tracks:

KIT has launched the ‘Women Leaders in Global Health Development Initiative’  and as part of this initiative we strongly encourage women to apply.

The MPH is accredited by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO).

Learning methods

The content of the course is practice-based and oriented as much as possible to the working situation of participants. Staff/student contact is intensive throughout the course. Students learn through lectures, discussion, group work, individual presentations, case studies, exercises, study visits, an internet-based virtual learning environments and ‘serious gaming’, self-reflection, self-study and written assignments.

They receive study material before each module. During the lessons they share information about health issues of countries in which they have worked in and compare experiences. Online repositories are used for learning material; laptops and/or tablets are required.


If you are a health professional working or preparing to work, in a managerial capacity in health services at national, regional or decentralised district level, this course is designed for you.

Admission criteria

Academic training at least level of a bachelor’s degree, either in medicine or in another field related to health, such as health sciences, economics, social science or nursing. A minimum of three years of experience, but preferably four years.


As part of the MPH this core course is accredited by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO).

General Information

Date: 19th September to 9th December  2022

Duration: 3 months

Language: English

Course fee: EUR 6.170

Creditpoints: 17 ECTS-Points

Venue: Mauritskade 64
1092 AD Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Application: Apply here

For more information and detailed program visit the website.

Published in GI-Mail 06/2022 (English edition).

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