Department of Public Health, Education Coordination

Postal address
Nationalestraat 155
Phone: +32(0)32476470

Teaching expertise


Marianne Pirard is General Practitioner by training and obtained an MPH degree. In 2002 she joined ITM as coordinator of the MPH - orientation Disease Control. Since 2012 she took up the position of education coordinator of the Department of Public Health.

At the Public Health Department she oversees the coordination of the international MPH with its three orientations (Health Systems Management, Disease Control and International Health), the postgraduate courses in Tropical Medicine & International health, short courses, PhD training, alumni networking and exchange with partners in an Alliance of Schools of Public Health. Her job implies course development & adjustment, quality assurance, participation in institutional education bodies and in international educational networks.

Before joining ITM she worked for 13 years in Zimbabwe and Bolivia and was involved in health care, health service organisation, disease control and implementation research;  in particular on the surveillance of dengue, yellow fever and malaria, nosocomial infections and transfusion-transmitted diseases. Currently her main area of interest is the synergy between disease control programmes and general health systems and health systems strengtening.


  • General Medical Officer in Zvishavane District Hospital, Zimbabwe with clinical, supervisory and health service organization duties (1986-1991)

  • Public health physician in Bolivia, strengthening the National Centre for Tropical Diseases in its operational research and surveillance activities (1994-2002)

  • Coordinator of the MPH orientation Disease Control at ITM, Antwerp (2002-2012)

  • Education coordinator Department of Public Health, ITM Antwerp  (2012-currently)

  • Coordinator of the MPH, a 1 year training for experienced health professionals involved in Health Systems Management & Policy, Disease Control Programme Management or International Health (2012-currently)

In charge of projects:

Schools of Public Health Alliance (DGD 2014-2016), a pilot project to explore collaborative educational strategies with 12 partner institutions in the South

Alumni Networking and Support (DGD 2014-2016)

Participates in  projects:

LINQED: a network on quality assurance in education (DGD)

Distance and Blended learning programme (DGD)

Alumni networking and support (DGD 2002-2014)


Research output

  1. The health system dynamics framework: the introduction of an analytical model for health system analysis and its application to two case-studies

    Research output: Contribution to journalA2: International peer reviewed article (not A1-type)

  2. Analysing health system dynamics; a framework

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. Positive spill-over effects of ART scale up on wider health systems development: evidence from Ethiopia and Malawi

    Research output: Contribution to journalA4: Article in journal not included in A1, A2 or A3

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