B1. Introduction to Social Protection (in cooperation with AOK Consulting) (1.5 ECTS)

About this training

Location: Heidelberg, Germany

Duration: 17.-21.10.2022

This course is designed to give participants an in depth understanding of the needs of social security and the means for its achievement. We will cover the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches towards social security, while keeping country-specific cultural, historic and economic circumstances in mind. At the start of the course, key terms will be defined in order to create a common understanding. Then the development of the German social security/social insurance will be covered and current challenges will be discussed with Experts from AOK. Each element of social security will be discussed regarding the relevance for our participants’ home country situation.

Learning Objectives

This course will give answers to the following questions

  • What encompasses social security?
  • What are the means and instruments for the achievement of social security?
  • What are the indicators for social security?
  • How is social security agreed upon in Germany and what are the specific means for implementation, how do they work and what do they achieve?
  • What are the differences compared to other countries’ approaches including the home countries of our participants?
  • Where are the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches towards social security?
  • What are useful elements applicable in the participants’ home countries?
Teaching and Assessment

This course will take place at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health.

The course material will be covered in a mixture of lectures, seminars and group activities. Lectures will be held by both faculty of the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health and experts from AOK International Consulting. In addition, we are planning a visit to a relevant public health institution.

Assessment: In order to receive a certificate, participants take a short test at the end of the course and participate in a group activity.


Dr. Detlef Herbert Schmidt is a physician and has been working for more than 30 years in the German health care system and in international projects. He has been working for health insurance associations for 15 years, mainly in the area of disease management and development of care concepts, and since 2011 also as an independent consultant. Dr. Schmidt has gained extensive experience in development cooperation in the context of disaster relief in Asia, as a project manager in community-based medical projects in Central America, and as a member of a UN peacekeeping mission.


Prerequisites: This course is held in English. Fluency in English (Reading, Speaking and Writing) is required.

Registration Period: Registration will close on 19.09.2022

Price: 750€


Location: Heidelberg, Germany

Participants of our face-to-face courses get the opportunity to live and study in Heidelberg, Germany. Nestled between two mountains on the Neckar river, Heidelberg is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful German towns. Each year, nearly 12 million visitors come to see attractions like the historic town center and the romantic Heidelberg castle.
Our lectures take place at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, which is part of Heidelberg University. Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University is the oldest University in Germany. Its student population of 30,000 give Heidelberg a young vibe that is best experienced in the many restaurants, eateries and bars across town.
While we don’t provide housing ourselves, we can help course participants find student accommodation at the University. Please contact us directly for more information.
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