Starting from the 2018/2019 academic year, the KNUST-School of Public Health in partnership with the TU Berlin’s Department of Health Care Management in Germany offers a new international research-oriented public health master’s programme in Health Systems Research and Management. The MPhil/MPH Health Systems Research and Management programme is a dedicated effort to train individuals, develop expertise and strengthen institutional capacity in health systems research and management. It is purposefully designed and oriented towards the needs of students from especially Africa and also those who intend to work in emerging settings. The courses and contents are developed using interdisciplinary approaches, theories and practices, and reflect health systems and policy developments from national, regional and international perspectives. The programme is currently a full-time study for a residential period of two years or four semesters hosted at the KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana. The language of instruction is English.


Programme team visit to the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST


NB: Graduates of other post-graduate public health programmes who may be interested in pursuing the MPhil/MPH Health Systems Research and Management programme may be considered for admission with exemption from the common courses already registered and passed.


Programme structure



Year 1 Semester I (August – December)
wk1 wk2 wk3 wk4 wk5 wk6 wk7 wk8 wk9 wk10 wk11 wk12 wk13
KNUST 5 Courses
TUB 3 Courses
                                   Year 1 Semester II (January – May)
KNUST 4 Courses
TUB 3 Courses
Supervision Year 2 Semester I (August – December)
KNUST/ TUB Project work
                                      Year 2 Semester II (January – May)
KNUST/ TUB Master’s thesis

*KNUST = KNUST-School of Public Health

* TUB = TU Berlin’s Department of Health Care Management

*wk = week



Year 1: Comprises of two semesters of formal teaching activities. KNSUT-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-months study visit to Germany for similar project work activities and exchanges hosted by the TU Berlin partner each year.



Mode of Application

Entry requirements

To qualify to read the MPH/MPhil Health Systems Research and Management programme, the applicant should:

  • have a good first degree (at least 2nd class lower), e.g. a BSc, BA, MD, preferably in any public health related field from a recognized University that offers degrees in programmes such as: Statistics/Biostatics; biology; medicine or other health related sciences; political science or economics; sociology or related social sciences.


  • have at least two years post-graduation work/job experience. Relevant international work experience is an advantage and applications by international students are also encouraged.

Interested applicants with less than two years working experience but with other relevant background are encouraged to apply.

  • have a proof of English language proficiency for admission to a research or higher degree programme, if the applicant’s first language is not English and/or does not qualify for exemption from the required English language test (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS).



The programme starts in September every year. Applications open from the beginning of February until end of April. Apply now at

For more information, please check the links below or contact us: Email: / Tel.: +233 (0) 3220 60293

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MPhil/MPH Health Systems Research and Management programme

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