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International Teaching Programme (in Health Systems Research and Management)


The TU Berlin’s Department of Health Care Management has established international teaching cooperation with other institutions and organizations in and outside Germany to offer block/short scientific research-oriented training programmes in Health Systems Research and Management. The department has developed specialised training programmes, courses and contents using interdisciplinary approaches, theories and practices, which appropriately reflect health systems strengthening and policy developments from national, regional and international perspectives. This initiative has a special focus on Africa and other emerging settings; and seeks to:

  • enhance the competences of health managers, practitioners, researchers and other public health professionals of diverse disciplines and backgrounds at various levels of governmental, quasi-governmental, non-governmental, public and private organisations, as well as staff of international health organisations who are responsible for assuring the quality of care and provision of services, improving capacity of providers, developing efficient payment mechanisms, prioritizing resources to the poor, improving information systems, and strengthening health system governance
  • constitute the basis for knowledge exchange and networking

Brief background: There requires an increasing global effort to strengthen health care systems and improve health policy developments towards achieving universal health coverage. This implies enhancing individual, institutional and infrastructural capacity in health systems and policy research to conduct rigorous assessments of the performance of health systems. The International Teaching Cooperation is a dedicated effort to support the development and strengthening of the capacity for health systems research and management.



Block / Short courses

Block/short courses in the specialised areas of Health Systems Research and Management are run by the Department of Health Care Management, TU Berlin, with cooperative participation from the KNUST-School of Public Health in Ghana, the Berlin School of Public Health in Germany and the Heidelberg Institute of Public Health also in Germany, for example. These interactive courses are innovative in respect of the training needs of health professionals and other public/civil servants who require short tailor-measured programmes to enhance work output. All courses are held in English.

Target group: Health professionals, researchers, enrolled PhD candidates and alumni of post-graduate Public Health programmes interested in international health systems (especially Africa or emerging settings) and/or in development co-operation.

Certificate (and grade points): Upon a successful completion of a course, a certificate will be awarded (and grade points provided upon request).

Registration: For each of the block/short courses, there are only 30 spaces available, assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Please follow the courses on schedule below to register now.

2018 Schedule
Health Technology Assessment: a focus on Africa and emerging settings (28. May - 01. June at TU Berlin, Germany)
Managing and researching Health Care Systems (10. - 21. September at KNUST, Ghana)
The Ghana Health System: institutions, processes, policies (08. - 19. October at KNUST, Ghana)
Health Systems Financing (29. October - 09. November at KNUST, Ghana)

Course Director: Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Busse, MPH, FFPH

For more information, please contact: ,

Master’s Programme

The new Master’s Programme (MPH/MPhil) in Health Systems Research and Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s School of Public Health (KNUST-SPH), Ghana aims at training the next generation of health systems researchers and managers in Africa. The programme has been developed jointly by KNUST-SPH and the Department of Health Care Management at TU Berlin, Germany.

The programme is targeted at students with a good first degree (e.g. in medicine, health sciences, political science, economics, sociology) and at least two years of post-graduation work experience in a related field.

NB: Graduates of other post-graduate public health programmes may also apply with exemption from the common courses already registered and passed. The language of instruction is English.

Application: The programme starts in September every year. Applications open from the beginning of February until end of April. Interested applicants should apply!

Programme structure

Year 1: Comprises of two semesters of formal teaching activities. KNUST-School of Public Health will teach on a regular weekly schedule (in blue in the Table above). The TU Berlin’s Department of Health Care Management will organize three (3) block/short courses in Semester I and three (3) block/short courses in Semester II.

Year 2: Focuses on individual student research project activities with close supervision and mentoring. It consists of practical project work in subject-related institutions in Ghana and/or abroad, leading to the writing of a master’s thesis (or its equivalent academic research paper). At least three selected students will be funded to embark on a three-month study visit to Germany for similar project work activities and exchanges hosted by the TU Berlin partner each year. More info is available in the flyer, brochure and curriculum.


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