Rebuilding Disrupted Health Systems – Developing context-specific strategies for health care policies, implementation and governance (E-learning) (RDHS-E)

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Starting date02/04/2018
Duration6 weeks in total: 4 weeks interactive learning & 2 weeks working on assignment and final exam
Course dates2 April - 11 May 2018
Application deadline1 month before start of the course (*)
EC5
LanguageEnglish
LocationDistance based via E-learning platform
Course feeEUR 1900 (tropEd fee EUR 1520)
Contactcourses@kit.nl
(* Maximum number of students: 25, maximum number of TropEd students: 5)

This e-learning course strengthens you to address health system challenges in complex emergencies and fragile states. To prepare you for improving these challenging situations we will analyse roles and strategies of key actors, humanitarian aid and politics, and human rights policies. You will thus become able to develop context-specific strategies for rebuilding disrupted health systems.

Health System Strengthening

 

WHO Collaborating Centre

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated KIT Health as WHO Collaborating Centre for health systems in fragile and conflict affected contexts.

Objectives

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify policy and implementation gaps and discuss options to address these in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Discuss governance challenges and the key issues while addressing them in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Analyse the challenges of regulating health care provision in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Analyse the challenges of allocating limited resources in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Analyse short and long term approaches for health services delivery aiming to address the health needs of populations living in fragile and conflict affected environments
  • Develop context-specific strategies to address challenges in rebuilding health systems in fragile and conflict affected environments

Learning methods

This course is geared towards adult learning and uses participatory approaches as much as possible. A variety of methodologies are used including lectures, discussion, group work, case studies and exercises. Participants will be given reading material in advance and will be required to complete 28 hours of preparatory work. Participants will also be able to discuss topics raised in the daily sessions during optional evening forums. Participants will conduct an in-depth analysis of the health sector in a specific conflict affected country through the study of selected, context specific documents before the course, group work during the course, and a presentation of main findings to colleagues and trainers at the end of the course.

Assessment

For participants who wish to be examined a paper or exam can be provided. TropEd students are required to take an exam at the end of the course.

Accreditation

This course is in process to be accredited by tropEd. It can be taken as an advanced module for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme (https://www.kit.nl/health/training/master-international-health/).

Online learning

This module is an online learning course. The facilitation of the learning experience is conducted exclusively via a Moodle based virtual learning environment (virtualgrounds.kit.nl), which will contain all learning materials. Interaction between learners and the lecturer will be through e-communication (using the KIT Virtual Grounds and other tools such as Skype).

The main learning methods employed are:

1. Self-directed learning where students make use of the materials posted on KIT Virtual Grounds to meet the learning objectives of the course.

Learning materials include:

  • Readings; downloadable or scanned articles, eBooks
  • PowerPoints with extended notes, or a recorded ‘narrative’
  • Recorded mini-lectures (voice, image & PowerPoint slides)
  • Short videos, including recordings of KIT staff, associates or partners on practical examples
  • Self-assessment quizzes. For students to test their knowledge and understanding of topics covered
  • Self-reflection on the learning process and theoretic knowledge gained throughout the course will be obtained from the students

2. Initiating, and responding to, discussion strands on the discussion board. The unit guides include questions for reflection and discussion, in order to guide the directed learning. Students can initiate discussion topics as well. Discussions will be student led. Tutors will monitor the discussions and give feedback on key points. Students can also discuss topics in a chatroom (but will not be required to do so).

Interactions on the discussion board and in a chatroom will enable students to exchange research experiences and insights, ask questions for clarification and give peer feedback. Importantly, these interactions will enable the building of a community of learners; a social community which will significantly enhance the learning experience. Group work plays an important part in this course and each group will have their own private discussion forum that only they (and the tutor) can access and which will be used in the final summative assessment and grading.

3. Giving and receiving constructive peer feedback, in written form or via chat/Skype, on amongst other aspects, formative assignments of other students. Students will be asked to give feedback in written form or through chat/Skype.

4. Tutorial sessions will be held during students work on their assignment to address issues and to provide guidance to the projects on a one-on-one basis.

Candidates

This module is part of the the Erasmus+ Master in International Health, which is designed for medical doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals with at least a bachelor’s level education who are developing a career in international health.

Admission Criteria

  • Relevant work experience in public/international health
  • Proven proficiency in English
  • Regular access to a computer and the internet (broadband) for the duration of the module
  • Basic computer skills, including using the world-wide web

Application procedure

The application package for e-learning courses is due 1 month before the start of the course.

Please upload your application online. The following documents should be uploaded:

  • A one-page letter of motivation
  • Copies of your diplomas and grade reports
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of publications if applicable

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme.

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Location

Online distance learning via KIT Virtual Grounds, KIT’s virtual community of professionals in health and international development.
E-learning courses are the perfect solution for those looking to expand their knowledge but unable to study in Amsterdam. They can be followed via internet connection from anywhere in the world.

Funding

The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or fellowships.

ECTS

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A course comprising 30 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one ECTS credit point.

This course is worth 5 EC.

Accreditation

This course is in process to be accredited by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health. The course can be taken as an advanced module for the Master in International Health programme organised by KIT and other institutes in the tropEd network.