Health Research and Interventions (CAS HRI)

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The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Health Research and Interventions (CAS HRI) provides international participants with an in-depth understanding of global health.

You will develop the competencies to collect, analyse, and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data relevant to improving health and health care in low- and middle-income societies (Module A: Concepts and Health Research). You will also acquire the skills and knowledge to identify, understand and address the interrelated determinants of health and the major health problems of populations from a cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary perspective in low- and middle-income settings and at the global level (Module B: Health Challenges and Responses).

With a focus on practical application and interactive training, participants in the CAS HRI benefit from interaction with experts from various fields and with the international and diverse student body participating in the full-time Diploma of Advanced Studies in Health Care and Management: From Research to Implementation (DAS HCM).

The CAS HRI can be completed in modules over one or two years. Starting with Module A is recommended but not mandatory.

The CAS in Health Research and Interventions can be completed full-time in 8 weeks or modularly, with Modules A and B of 4 weeks each, over 2 years. After successful completion, you can easily progress to the DAS Health Care and Management by taking the CAS in Health Systems and Management (CAS HSM) and an oral exam.


The course is open to participants from a variety of backgrounds and countries. Most participants are trained health professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, etc.), but participants from other disciplines (e.g. business or social sciences) also contribute to the diversity of the class.

Candidates should apply via the online application form with the required documents. To enrol on the course, participants must have a first professional qualification (e.g. Bachelor's degree), at least 2 years' work experience and an adequate level of English (TOEFL Paper 550/ TOEFL Computer 213/ TOEFL Internet 79 - 80/ IELTS 6.0 or native speaker or university degree in English).

Total course fee: CHF 5,500 as a full-time programme or CHF 6,000 if the programme is completed as a part-time programme over two years.

This sum includes a non-refundable registration fee of CHF 200 due at the moment of acceptance. Cancellation of participation less than 4 weeks before the beginning of the course will result in an additional fee of CHF 500. The course fee does not include insurance or other personal living costs during the stay.


A very limited number of partial scholarships that help covering living costs in Switzerland are available for the CAS Health Research and Interventions. They are reserved exclusively for participants from resource-constrained countries who are working in, or wish to work in, primary health care, public health or district-level health services.

Partial scholarships cover travel, health insurance, accommodation and living costs in Switzerland. Please note that partial scholarships do not include the course fee, which students are responsible for paying themselves. Partial scholarships will only be paid once the full course fee has been received.


In case of an insufficient number of participants, the course can be cancelled up to 4 weeks prior to the course start. Swiss TPH is not responsible for any costs related to flight bookings, etc.

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