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Course announcement for the MPH with specialisation in HIV&AIDS due to start in 
September 2011

 The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam is an independent centre of 
knowledge and expertise in the areas of international and intercultural 
cooperation, operating at the interface between theory and practice and between 
policy and implementation. The Institute contributes to sustainable 
development, poverty alleviation and cultural preservation and exchange.

 The Master of Public Health - Specialization in HIV and AIDS focuses on 
policy, politics and management of HIV/AIDS programmes, mainstreaming of 
HIV/AIDS, inclusion and mobilization of groups and communities, and 
institutional and workplace capacity.

 Dealing with HIV/AIDS requires a multitude of unique skills and competencies 
on the part of those involved in addressing the pandemic and its impact. 
Organizations in the Netherlands and in countries heavily burdened by HIV/AIDS 
have expressed a need for better staff training in these skills and 
competencies. This programme is a response to this need. The course starts on 
September 19, 2011 and lasts 1 year. For more information, see the fact sheet 
below. For application procedures please see the website:
 
http://www.kit.nl/-/INS/15666/Royal-Tropical-Institute/KIT-Development-Policy-and-Practice--/DEV-Training--/Master-s/MPH-HIVAIDS.

 Short courses in HIV and AIDS (2-4 weeks each)
 Some of the modules offered through this MPH course can also be taken as short 
courses. More information can be found on the website. All courses are 
accredited through the TropEd Network and are taught annually.

 • Dynamics of HIV and AIDS Epidemics and Analysis of Effective Responses  (28 
March  - 15 April 2011,   € 1930,--)
 • Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV&AIDS (16 – 31 May 2011,  € 
1790,-- )
 • HIV Politics, Policy, Governance and Planning Mechanisms (26 April  - 19 May 
2011,  € 2040,--)
 • Health Sector Responses to HIV (30 May – 15 June 2011,   € 1480,--)


 For application procedures and further information, please see our website
 http://www.kit.nl/-/INS/53004/Royal-Tropical-Institute/Theme-Training



Master of Public Health – Specialization in HIV/AIDS

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree that is recognized 
worldwide. KIT has been training public health professionals for over forty 
years through its International Course in Health Development/Master of Public 
Health programme (ICHD/MPH). Since 2007, ICHD/MPH participants also have the 
option of specializing in HIV/AIDS.

The Master of Public Health - Specialization in HIV/AIDS focuses on policy, 
politics and management of HIV/AIDS programmes, mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS, 
inclusion and mobilization of groups and communities, and building 
institutional and workplace capacity.

Dealing with HIV/AIDS requires a multitude of unique skills and competencies on 
the part of those involved in addressing the pandemic and its impact. 
Organizations in the Netherlands and in countries heavily burdened by HIV/AIDS 
have expressed a need for better staff training in these skills and 
competencies. This programme is a response to this need.

Objectives
The programme is designed to develop the capacity of senior managers from 
different sectors to lead and coordinate the planning and management cycle of 
HIV/AIDS responses. This includes managing and organizing, monitoring and 
evaluating, formulating or influencing policy decisions, mainstreaming HIV/AIDS 
into different sectors, engaging in operational research, and being responsible 
for personnel management in a team.

Graduates will be able to:

   - Critically analyse how different populations and groups are affected by 
HIV/AIDS and identify the rights and needs of different vulnerable population 
groups
   - Appraise the role of health systems in terms of fundamental goals, 
functions, actors and performance
   - Identify priorities and influence effective policymaking and strategic 
planning concerning interventions in response to the problems posed by the 
HIV/AIDS epidemic, taking into account scientific evidence and good practice
   - Implement and monitor interventions to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 
managing human, financial and logistic resources
   - Work professionally across different sectors, disciplines and 
institutional levels, with private and public actors, and through advocacy, 
communication and networking
   - Identify research needs, commission research and critically analyse and 
use research results
   - Incorporate a pro-poor and equity approach in all actions.
   - Continuously examine and critically reflect on own practice and values and 
adjust them accordingly.


Participants
The course is aimed at national HIV/AIDS programme managers and senior staff 
from different sectors (private, public and civil society); development 
planners, human resource managers and senior staff of various line ministries 
responsible for HIV/AIDS (national and sub-national); local authority managers 
and senior staff responsible for HIV/AIDS coordination and implementation; 
programme managers and senior staff of international, national and local NGOs.

Programme
The programme consists of four parts:
• Core course (shared with the ICHD/MPH)
• Two advanced ICHD/MPH modules relevant to the Master of Public Health - 
Specialization in HIV/AIDS
• Three advanced modules specific to HIV/AIDS
• Thesis

Core course
The core course, taken in the first semester, consists of the following modules:
• Determinants of health
• Learning and communication skills
• Epidemiology and statistics
• Health policy, planning and management

Advanced ICHD/MPH modules
The second semester continues with two modules from the ICHD/MPH:
• Health systems research
• Human resources development

Advanced HIV/AIDS modules
In the second semester, there are also three modules specific to HIV/AIDS:
• Dynamics of HIV and AIDS Epidemics and Analysis of Effective Responses
• HIV Politics, Policy, Governance and Planning Mechanisms
• Health Sector Response to HIV

Thesis
The programme concludes with a thesis. After successful completion of all four 
parts of the programme, the degree of ‘Master of Public Health - Specialization 
in HIV/AIDS’ will be awarded.

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

Practical information
For detailed information on admissions, applications, fellowships and more, see 
the International Course in Health Development (ICHD/MPH) brochure or visit 
www.kit.nl/training.

Admission criteria
• Academic training at least to the 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, including managerial responsibilities 
in health-related services in a low resource country.
• Proven proficiency in spoken and written English.
• Computer literacy is expected.

Application procedure
For details on the application procedure, see the ICHD/MPH course brochure or 
visit www.kit.nl/training.

Course dates
Starting date: 19 September 2011
Ending date: 7 September 2012

Location
Classes are held at KIT’s training facilities in downtown Amsterdam.

Contact
ICHD/MPH Course coordinator
Phone: +31 20 568 8256
mailto:healthtraining@kit.nl

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