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


Ms. Marie Lindkvist

Director of Studies at Department. Associate pro­fessor in Epide­miology and Biosta­tistics, PhD in Statistics and B.Sc in Mathematics. Appointed as Excel­lent teacher in Umeå University’s pedagogical qual­ification model. Lecturer in bio­statistics and statisti­cal consultant. Responsible for sta­tistical considerations and analyses in the Salut child health intervention programme in Västerbotten.


Alberto Matteelli



Mr. Govert van Heusden

Graduated from the medical faculty of Leuven Catholic University in 1983 and from the MSc. in Public Health at the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in 1990, G. van Heusden worked in different countries (Brazil, Yemen, Niger, Kenya and Ecuador) as public health specialist. Experience includes clinical experience in low resource settings and management experience in LMIC health districts, rural hospitals and regional/national public health administrations. Teaching and training experience is mainly in the field of health services and health systems’ organization. The development of a national in-service training programme for district medical officers (Niger 1990-1993), management of the MSc. in PH in Antwerp (1996-1997) and a problem-based learning MPH degree in Ecuador (1998-2003) was followed by the appointment at ITM as Academic Coordinator in 2004. Since 2018 G. van Heusden heads the education office (EO) at ITM. The EO is tasked with the development of the institutional course offer, educational policies, quality assurance and internationalization including the collaboration in the tropEd network.

past president

Dr. Guenter Froeschl

Dr Guenter 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 PhD Program Medical Research – International Health as first PhD 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 Master of Science 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

Rodney is a Teaching Fellow in Global Health and Anthropology at the University College London’s Institute for Global Health (IGH). He lectures and leads postgraduate and undergraduate seminars in medical anthropology, behavior change and global health. Rodney’s research interests include medical anthropology as it intersects with material and visual culture; belonging and politics of representation and well being. His current research investigates barriers to cultural competency training for European physicians, obesity and how technology-led collaborative frameworks between universities and industry might encourage solutions to pressing global problems. He is a co-author of the recently published Lancet Special Issue on Culture and Health.

Ex officio Member

Ms. Romy Kümpfel

Education: BSc European Public Health; MSc Global Health

Global health graduate with a specific focus on and interest in health inequities and planetary health.


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