About Us


tropEd is an international network of member institutions for higher education in international/global health from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America. tropEd provides postgraduate opportunities for education and training contributing to sustainable development. It focuses on improving the management of health services for disadvantaged populations. The innovative approach is based on mobility of people, the exchange of experiences in different disciplines and the establishment of a common standard in education and training.

The concept of tropEd was initiated in the early 90s. In 1996, the tropEd European Network for Education in International Health was founded and the first tropEd General Assembly meeting was held in January that year. In 2003, tropEd was registered as an association in Germany. Since 2005, tropEd expanded the network globally through incorporating partner higher education institutions from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.



A large number of trans-national organisations and national development agencies strive to overcome the obstacles to gaining global health. Besides these there are non-governmental organisations of all types, including religious agencies or independent groups, universities and other specialised academic settings as well as a growing number of private for-profit or nonprofit consulting firms. All of these organisations need qualified personnel with formal training in International/Global Health.


Global Health

International/Global Health is a discipline that systematically compares factors that affect the health of all human populations with a special focus on poverty-related health problems in low- and middle-income countries. International/Global Health includes the promotion of health, prevention and treatment of diseases and rehabilitation. Knowledge, skills and the ability to critically analyse and draw implications for practice related to the major endemic diseases, health systems research, health economics, health policy and management of health services are essential.

Masters programme in International

Global Health

The degree programme is offered across tropEd member institutions and characterised by a unique synergy of experience and expertise of leading institutions all over the world. 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 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).

Executive Committee


Dr. Dewi Ismajani (Jani) Puradireja

Dr. Puradijera is a senior post-doctoral researcher with a focus on education and capacity strengthening in global public health and infectious disease epidemiology. Jani has a Ph.D. in Demography, and an M.Sc. in Health, Population and Society, both from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). Her B.A. in Development and Indonesian Studies is from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). From 2004 to 2015 she worked with the HIV Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group in the Research Department of Infection and Population Health at the University College London (UCL) Medical School (now part of the UCL Institute for Global Health), and in the Departments of Social Policy and International Development at LSE, before becoming a postdoctoral research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Since 2017 she is based at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM). Alongside her research activities she is the Head of the International Teaching and Capacity-Building (iTCB) unit in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and co-chairs the BNITM Centre for Education & Capacity Strengthening (CECAS). 

As the BNITM tropEd representativeJani has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of public health and epidemiology courses and trainings, including on-site and remote trainings in West Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal), and advanced tropEd accredited modules. In the past she has been a teaching fellow at the LSE, and now regularly teaches epidemiology using infectious disease outbreak case study exercises e.g., as part of in-house courses, and externally at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), and the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). She remains affiliated with LSHTM as a distance learning tutor based at the Faculty of Public Health and Policy.


PAST president

Dr. Marie Lindkvist

Dr. Lindkvist is an associate professor and a senior lecturer in Biostatistics at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University. She is further appointed as Distinguished teacher based on the University’s pedagogical qualification model. 

Dr. Lindkvist, is responsible for statistical considerations and analyses in the Salut child health intervention programme in Västerbotten(north Sweden) and also contributes with methodological support in many other research projects within Public/Global health.

acting president

Dr. Nuria Casamitjana

Núria Casamitjana is Director of Training and Education at ISGlobal and Associate Professor at University of Barcelona. She holds a B.A. in Pharmacy and a PhD from UB, and a Master in Occupational Health from University of Barcelona – University Pompeu Fabra.

She was responsible, together with Dr Pedro Alonso, for the creation of the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB, 2006) and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal, 2010). From 2006 to 2010 she was Deputy Director at CRESIB.

Dr Casamitjana has held key senior management positions at the University of Barcelona, including president of the Health Sciences Division and Vice-rector for Academic Affairs (2002-2005).

She is Director of the Master of Global Health and the Master of Clinical Research: International Health track at UB; and coordinator of the track on International Health of the Medicine and Translational Research PhD Programme at the UB. She also coordinates other postgraduate and continuous education courses in different topics regarding global health, including the leadership courses. She has also led different capacity strengthening projects funded by EDCTP, WHO-TDR, La Caixa Foundation and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. At the same time, she is involved in Monitoring and Evaluation of Capacity Strengthening Activities.

Recently, she was appointed elected president of tropEd (International Network for Education and Training in International Health). Since 2015 to 2019 she was a Board and Executive Committee member of the Partnership for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (PMNCH) representing the Academic, Research and Training institutions; and from 2018 to 2020 she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

Currently, she is the chair of the Academic Council of CHARM EIGHT EU European Universities alliance.

She has been coordinator of EIT Health Campus Pillar at the University of Barcelona since 2015 to 2019. In the period 2019-2021 she was member of the EIT Health Strategic Education Board.

Dr Casamitjana has been evaluator for AGAUR, WHO-TDR and EDCTP programmes.

president ELECT

Dr. Guenter Froeschl

Dr. Froeschl is a medical doctor and specialist in infectious diseases and tropical medicine, and a senior lecturer and researcher at the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine (DIDTM) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich, Germany. He has earned a Master’s Degree in International Health at KIT, Amsterdam in 2007/2008.

As head of the Teaching & Training Unit at the DIDTM, he has been responsible for establishing the Ph.D. Program Medical Research – International Health as first P.hD. program at the Medical Faculty of LMU Munich, followed by the establishment of the Diploma Course in Tropical Medicine and International Health (DTMIH), of numerous advanced modules, and the M.Sc. in International Health (starting fall 2018). In 2015 the DIDTM became a full member of the tropEd network. He is currently Executive Committee member of the tropEd network, and has therefore proceeded from being a tropEd alumnus into the position of a tropEd representative. At the same time he is a board member of the CIHLMU Center for International Health at LMU Munich and of the humanitarian organization Médecins du Monde, Germany. He has been employed by different humanitarian organizations for missions mostly on the African continent, dealing with health system strengthening, infectious disease management programs and working with refugee populations in different settings.

executive secretary

Dr. Rodney Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the High Point University in North Carolina. He lectures and leads postgraduate and undergraduate seminars in medical anthropology, behaviour change and global health. 

Dr. Reynold’s research interests include medical anthropology as it intersects with material and visual culture; belonging and politics of representation and wellbeing. His current research investigates premedical volunteerism in Guatemala and the impacts of infectious diseases on older adults in Peru. 

Ex officio Member

Carmen Dumitrescu

Mrs. Dumitrescu studied foreign languages with focus on French and Italian. She has a vast experience over more than 10 years in the field of education, having had the opportunity to work with children suffering from mental, cognitive and physical disabilities.

Using her psychological and pedagogical skills, she helped with the integration and development of children with disabilities, including autism and cognitive disabilities.

Currently, Mrs Dumitrescu’s interests involve humanitarian work and higher teaching institutions.


Fifteen years of the tropEd Masters in International Health programme: what has it delivered? Results of an alumni survey of masters students in international health

L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

1 Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3 Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite – Universit€atsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany