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Certificate in Social Protection

The Cer­tifi­cate in Social Pro­tec­tion is designed to enhance sys­tem-lev­el think­ing and inno­va­tion capac­i­ty for post­grad­u­ates and pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in social pro­tec­tion sys­tems. The unique and tar­get­ed mix of the­o­ret­i­cal edu­ca­tion and prac­ti­cal train­ing dis­sem­i­nates spe­cial­ist knowl­edge, teach­es impact­ful skill-sets and improves pro­fes­sion­al com­pe­ten­cies in relat­ed fields, while build­ing strong net­works for future col­lab­o­ra­tion. The cer­tifi­cate com­bines online and face-to-face teach­ing, increas­ing the flex­i­bil­i­ty for par­tic­i­pants, who can take the online cours­es at their own pace. Dur­ing the five weeks of face-to-face train­ing at the Hei­del­berg Insti­tute of Glob­al Health, par­tic­i­pants get to engage direct­ly with aca­d­e­m­ic and pro­fes­sion­al experts from the field.

The Cer­tifi­cate in Social Pro­tec­tion cov­ers social pro­tec­tion sys­tem design, man­age­ment and eval­u­a­tion, and is there­fore ide­al for  capac­i­ty build­ing and train­ing. Par­tic­i­pants study the fun­da­men­tal eco­nom­ics of social secu­ri­ty, learn­ing about mar­kets and mar­ket fail­ure. They train admin­is­tra­tive tech­niques includ­ing mar­ket­ing, qual­i­ty man­age­ment and eval­u­a­tion meth­ods. With a focus on applic­a­bil­i­ty in the home coun­tries of our par­tic­i­pants, the cer­tifi­cate is designed to achieve real-world impact. We are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing capac­i­ty build­ing on an insti­tu­tion­al lev­el. For more infor­ma­tion click here.

  • Teaching Excellence

    Our lec­tur­ers are care­ful­ly picked to rep­re­sent knowl­edge from aca­d­e­m­ic and pro­fes­sion­al fields.

  • Capacity Building

    The cer­tifi­cate is designed to teach applic­a­ble skills to pro­fes­sion­als who aim at insti­tu­tion­al change.

  • Accredidation

    The Cer­tifi­cate in Social Pro­tec­tion is ful­ly accred­it­ed and is suit­ed for post­grad­u­ate stu­dents who receive 15 ECTS.

Online cours­es (TOTAL ECTS: 7.5):

Manda­to­ry Cours­es:

Course A1: Intro­duc­tion to Social Pro­tec­tion: A Sys­tems Approach to Uni­ver­sal Social Pro­tec­tion (ECTS 2.0) + par­tic­i­pants’ choice of any oth­er online cours­es offered by the pro­gram amount­ing to a total of 5,5 ECTS.

*Note: 7.5 ECTS have to be earned through online/ e-learn­ing cours­es to achieve the cer­tifi­cate

*Note: If par­tic­i­pants want to take cours­es amount­ing to more than 7.5 ECTS dur­ing the pro­gramme, extra course fees will apply. 

Face-to-Face cours­es (TOTAL ECTS: 7.5):

Manda­to­ry Cours­es:

  1. Course B1: Intro­duc­tion to Social Pro­tec­tion Gov­er­nance in Social Pro­tec­tion (in coop­er­a­tion with AOK­Con­sult­ing)
  2. Course B2: Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion in Social Pro­tec­tion
  3. Course B3: Con­trol­ling in Pen­sion sys­tems (in coop­er­a­tion with the Ger­man Pen­sion Fund)
  4. Course B4: Con­trol­ling in health insur­ance (in coop­er­a­tion with AOK­Con­sult­ing)
  5. Course B5: Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion of Social Pro­tec­tion Sys­tems (in coop­er­a­tion with Maas­tricht Grad­u­ate School of Gov­er­nance / UNU-MERIT(Maastricht Uni­ver­si­ty))
The fastest time for cours­es com­ple­tion is 3,5 months. Each par­tic­i­pant will have max­i­mum two cal­en­dar years, from the com­mence­ment of their first course (either e-learn­ing or face-to-face), to com­plete the pack­age they choose.

The 2020 face-to-face cours­es of social pro­tec­tion will be post­poned to 19th April — 21st May 2021 due to the cur­rent trav­el sit­u­a­tion.

The online-course require­ment must be com­plet­ed with­in 2 years of the date of reg­is­tra­tion.


Appli­ca­tion is open and must be com­plet­ed on the eMu­ndus plat­form. Fol­low this link to access the reg­is­tra­tion form.To par­tic­i­pate in the 2021 face-to-face cours­es, reg­is­tra­tion must be com­plet­ed by Sep­tem­ber 15th, 2020.
When apply­ing for our Cer­tifi­cate in Social Pro­tec­tion can­di­dates are request­ed to sub­mit a let­ter of moti­va­tion with their appli­ca­tion form.

The total course fee is 3,500€.

Fees for the Cer­tifi­cate in Social Pro­tec­tion can be paid in one or two install­ments, for your con­ve­nience. If choice of two install­ments is made, then pay­ments are due:

  1. At reg­is­tra­tion for the pro­gramme
  2. At the start of the first course

Pay­ment instruc­tions will be sent after par­tic­i­pants have reg­is­tered for the course.


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