tropEd is an international network of member institutions for higher education in international and global health. These institutions offer degree programmes that are characterised by a unique synergy of experience and expertise. It prepares people to work more effectively in a multicultural environment by exposing them to multiple perspectives and offers a flexible structure with the world-wide recognition of education. The programme is open to students world-wide.
The Masters Programme in International Health is offered by tropEd individual member institutions and not the network itself. The modular programme for full-time or part-time study consists of an introductory core course, specialised optional modules and a research project submitted as a thesis. It is intended for completion within a minimum of one year (full-time) up to a maximum of five years (part-time). Studies comprise a number of public health-related disciplines including anthropology, biology, economics, education, environmental health, epidemiology and statistics, management studies, nutrition, population sciences and reproductive health, psychology, social sciences research, sociology, travel and migrant health and tropical medicine with a focus on infectious diseases, parasitology, virology, bacteriology and laboratory practice.
The professional profile of our student is an international/global health expert who engages in health-related challenges in inter-sectoral environments across multiple levels, ranging from the community to the international and global stage, with a special focus on disadvantaged populations. The expert formulates and implements sustainable actions guided by principles of equity and by scientific evidence.
Students normally carry out their studies as follows:
- Registration at one of tropEd home institutions, which will provide tutorship for students throughout the programme.
- Completion of the core course at the home institution, which is equivalent to three months of full-time study.
- After successful completion of the core course, students select optional modules, which may be taken at various partner institutions and are collectively equivalent to 3-6 months of full-time study. Modules are selected from a list of tropEd-accredited courses according to the interests and experience of participants.
- Students carry out a research project submitted as a thesis, equivalent to a further 3-6 months of full-time study, usually at their home institution.
- Students obtain a Masters degree from their home institution when: 1) all three stages and an oral examination have been successfully completed; 2) studies have taken place at a minimum of two tropEd member institutions in different countries; 3) students have gained at least two years of professional experience by the time the degree is awarded, including field experience in low- or middle-income countries.