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Title: Core Course of the MSc in International Health
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Center for International Health at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München
Course coordinator: Lisa Hoffäller
About duration and dates: Pre-reading period prior to commencement of full-time studies: 4 weeks 12 weeks full time study
Classification: core course
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location:
Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine
Teaching & Training Unit
CIHLMU Center for International Health
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, LMU Munich,
Leopoldstr. 5, 80802 Munich, Germany

tropEd Representative: Martina Manhart

ECTS credit points: 24 ECTS credits
720 SIT in total

Contact, face-to-face hours: 405
Self-study hours: 315
Language: English
By the end of the core course students should be able to

critically reflect on the collection, analysis and appraisal of qualitative and quantitative data relevant for the improvement of health and health care equity.

identify and analyse interrelated determinants of health and major health concerns of populations in a trans-disciplinary perspective in low- and middle-income settings and on global level

propose sustainable improvements of health systems addressing inequities and considering diverse intercultural settings as well as social, legal and ethical responsibilities.

describe the role, decision-making process and impact of global health policy actors

collaborate and clearly communicate in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting
Focus or specific features:
We believe that science is a crucial element in the action of humanitarian aid and development cooperation and therefore offer a well-balanced curriculum incorporating scientific skills, critical discussion and appraisal of contemporary research as well as enhancing student’s own research skills.

In addition to this, international health is characterised by multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary communication. A special feature of this core course is a one-week retreat, which is dedicated to the development of communication skills.

Furthermore, German classes are offered to international students to achieve German language proficiency at level A1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR).
Assessment Procedures:
Within each module, the learning objectives are assessed by way of in-class exercises and participation (formative, non-graded) and summative (graded) assessments as described below:

International Health Fundamentals:

• Medical School, Health Problems and Responses: 2 hours closed book multiple-choice examination with a same-format re-sit option within the same week
• Policy and Politics: 1 hour closed book multiple-choice examination with a re-sit option within the same week
• The final grade of the module International Health Fundamentals is calculated as follows:
The examinations are weighted by their numbers of credits: Medical School (3 ECTS), Health Problems and Responses (9 ECTS), Policy & Politics (3 ECTS)

Research Methods:
• Qualitative, Quantitative Methods & Epidemiology: 30-minute multiple choice examination plus 90 minutes exercises with a same-format resit option in the same week
• The final grade of the module Research Methods is calculated as follows:
The examinations are weighted by their numbers of credits: Qualitative Methods (2 ECTS), Quantitative Methods & Epidemiology (4 ECTS)

Research Design
• 30 minute project presentation of an individually developed research project with a same-format resit option within 1 month
• The project presentation grade provides the final grade for the module Research Design (worth 3 ECTS)

Grades and feedback on marked examinations are made available by the Program Coordination within the same week.

Generally, there are 3 re-sit options for the Core Course modules: one at the end of the Core Course and within the same week of the examinations; and one at the end of the winter term. Should the student fail these two re-sit options, he/she may decide to retake the module and examination during the next winter term. Grades for examination re-sits are not capped.

There is no final, overall grade for the three Core Course modules. However, the grades of the Core Course modules are counted towards the final MSc IH grade (see § 21, PStO 2018).
SIT and ECTS per content category of an MIH core course as defined by tropEd:

• Introduction and learning skills: 45 SIT, 1.5 ECTS credits

• Concepts, theory and methods for global health research (quantitative and qualitative): 270 SIT, 9 ECTS credits

• Global health concerns (e.g. SDGs, health emergencies, communicable and non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health and rights, environmental health, injury), and response strategies: 270 SIT, 9 ECTS credits

• Global health policies, health systems, their management, financing and strengthening: 135 SIT, 4.5 ECTS credits

Details please see here
The Core Course consists of 3 modules that run parallel over a period of 12 weeks.
Each module consists of several teaching sessions (see also section 15. Content).
Typically, each teaching session is designed as a 4-hour session usually including teaching input by the lecturer to provide a basic, brief introduction to the topic, but also critical appraisal of contemporary research with reference to public health as well as the discussion clinical issues and treatment.
Max. 75 % of the session time should be used for lecturing content and slides with at least 25 % of the time for student-centred approaches, such as discussions and interactions. Although concrete learning methods and activities may vary, the interactive part can be in form of the following:
• Group work
• Exercises and activities around reading materials
• Calculation exercises and data analysis tasks
• Case studies
• Role plays etc.

For Journal Club sessions, students are required to carry out reading exercises and prepare student-led presentations in their self-directed study time.

Students also attend 12 4-hour Laboratory Practice sessions that include practical exercises aiming at the detection of the most relevant pathogens by microscopy.

LMU Moodle
This is the university’s virtual learning platform that is used by the course coordination to share course information such as reading as well as teaching and learning materials with students.

• Completed, first university degree of min. 240 ECTS credit points in a health-related science (usually equivalent to a study program with 8 semesters). Applicants who have a first qualifying degree of six semesters and 180 ECTS credit points may be admitted to the MSc program upon fulfilment of additional requirements
• At least 2 years of full-time (equivalent), relevant work experience in the health-sector and satisfactory reference/s from (former) employers proving the candidate's work experience of at least 2 years
• English Language Proficiency at level C1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR) evidenced by TOEFL 95 - 120; IELTS with at least 6.5 overall (min. 5.5 in each element); native speaker (evidenced by passport); or entire academic education in English (evidenced via diploma supplement, transcript or confirmation letter by the respective institution)
Max. 10 participants, number of tropEd students not limited within this group-size
Applications and fulfilment of admission requirements are checked by the Faculty as well as the University’s International Office. Upon fulfilment of all requirements, selection is made on a first-come, first-served basis (as per date of application submission and tuition fee transfer).
€ 6000,- tuition fee for the MSc IH program per semester (duration: minimum 2 semesters)
+ approx. 130 € LMU Administration fee per semester
Currently no scholarships available
tropEd accreditation:
December 2019, tropEd EC Telco. This course is valid until Dec 2024.
Note: only 20 on the 24 credits of this core course will count for tropEd recognition.

German Language Classes
When registering at the LMU Munich, students will need to acquire and evidence a German language level of A1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR) during their studies. A free of charge German language course will be offered from Oct – Dec.

LMU University Offers
International Student Guide
The University’s International Student Guide provides practical tips and information about studying at LMU Munich and also lists a number of student support services (such as Counsel-ling, Career Services, Special Needs Support etc.) that are open to university students.
Schreibzentrum der LMU
The LMU Writing Centre offer materials for download, individual support and consultation hours as well as workshops etc. to assist students with their writing projects.

Universitätsbibliothek der LMU
The LMU University library offers subject specific workshops regarding academic literature research as well as general courses on i.e. scientific writing, EndNote und Citavi.
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Date Of Record Creation: 2020-01-07 03:11:19 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2020-01-07 08:37:27 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2020-01-07 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2022-08-01 08:56:06 (W3C-DTF)

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