Education and Training

Teaching and training are essential to the vision and mission of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), an academic public health institute associated with the University of Basel. Swiss TPH disseminates knowledge to students, health professionals, relevant institutions, beneficiaries and other stakeholders. It does this in part through a broad range of educational programmes and courses, covering all levels of university education (Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate), professional postgraduate domains and continuing education for physicians and other professionals.

At the University of Basel, Swiss TPH staff have major teaching responsibilities at the bachelor and master and doctoral levels in the faculty of science, the faculty of medicine, and the faculty of humanities. Since 2015, Swiss TPH has hosted the position of Dean of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), with funding from the University of Basel.

Developing and implementing professional postgraduate courses for health professionals holding a first degree is an important strategic focus of the institute. Swiss TPH runs various international master and diploma programmes, certificate courses and short courses and contributes to continuing education for medical professionals. Teaching is built on the expertise and experience of staff members and external facilitators who transfer not only theoretical information, but also practical knowledge and skills.

Swiss TPH has been at the forefront of developing and adopting new teaching and didactical methods including problem-based learning, tutorials, blended learning (combining e-learning and in-class teaching), and most recently through massive open online courses (MOOCS).

As a consequence of expanded teaching and training activities at local, national and international levels, Swiss TPH created – as of January 2016 – the Department of Education and Training (ET).


The Department of Education and Training is administratively organized in four units:

However, the Swiss TPH teaching faculty, coordinated by ET, is affiliated with other Swiss TPH departments.