Master & PhD

In collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), we offer the two-year Research Master in Global Health. We coordinate several curriculum elements of this program, which has been running since 2012, and continue to be an active participant of the coordinating team.


We host scientific internships for Master’s students, allowing students to gain ‘hands-on’, real-world skills in global health research. Students come from a variety of disciplines including Medicine, Global Health, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Public Health. Many internships include international fieldwork and experiential collaboration with local communities, researchers and institutions. (Read about students’ experiences in our 2017 Annual Report).


AIGHD also plays a crucial role in mentoring PhD students from academic institutions students at the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, often in collaboration with academic and research institutions around the world including the Amsterdam UMC, ISGlobal (Barcelona Spain), the Institute for Tropical Medicine (Antwerp, Belgium) and Makerere University College of Health Sciences (Kampala, Uganda). Our research group leaders supervise/co-supervise PhD research projects and provide mentorship throughout the duration of the PhD program, including overseeing the quality and completeness of the research. PhD students are embedded within one of our active research teams in the Netherlands or abroad, in fields such as infectious diseases, chronic diseases and health systems, working collaboratively with internal and external researchers and institutions. The PhD projects result in the defense of a final thesis. In 2017, AIGHD academic staff supervised 51 PhD students.


dr. Harris with Ole walking

Photos (top to bottom): Dr. Vanessa Harris at her PhD Defense (May 2018); AIGHD Master’s intern David van Melle & Dr. Zlata Tanovic at her PhD Defense (Oct. 2018)