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Analysing Disrupted Health Systems (ADHS)

If you are a health professional working in or with countries in crisis, working as health personnel in government institutions, NGOs, UN agencies and humanitarian organisations or as an independent consultant, then this course is intended for you.

2 weeks
Course Period
from 12/08/2024 until 23/08/2024
KIT Amsterdam


This 10-day residential training programme for health professionals focuses on the analysis of health systems in countries affected by, or recovering from, protracted crisis. It is organised jointly with the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Participants will be equipped to analyse disrupted health systems in complex emergencies, discuss humanitarian aid and politics, human rights policies, and strategies and plans of key actors.

Analysing disrupted health systems

Protracted crises, mainly those labelled ‘complex emergencies’, have a severe impact on health systems and all their constituent parts such as policy development, planning, human resources, financing, management, infrastructure and support systems.

Unreliable and incomplete information hampers sound decision making, while fast evolving conditions increase uncertainty. Health professionals often have limited experience analysing the major features and distortions of disrupted health systems.

Learning from the successes and failures in health sectors of countries facing similar crises can be difficult because lessons that could be relevant are not always well-documented.

This course focuses on analysing disrupted health systems, reviewing their main components, identifying key weaknesses, and discussing policy and strategy options that have been effective in relevant contexts.

Group work exercises around country case studies help participants to apply concepts and approaches to realistic situations.


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

  • use adequate frameworks and approaches for health system analysis in crisis countries and apply the relevant lessons to local contexts
  • assess disrupted health systems’ structure and identify key weaknesses and distortions
  • identify health system adaptations during crises and formulate measures to develop effective strategies and plans
  • present findings of health systems analysis

Course content

The following subjects are reviewed during the course:

  • Complex emergencies: trends, challenges and impact
  • Humanitarian aid and its politics
  • Data and information challenges in crises
  • Challenges of complex emergencies to health systems
  • Health policies, strategies and plans
  • Key components of health systems in a crisis: health financing, the pharmaceutical sector, human resources, management systems etc
  • The recovery process of the health sector

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.


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.


This course is 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.

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It has been an illuminating and a life-changing experience, particularly the international group of students, all with huge experience and expertise. Fantastically well taught with presentations from leading experts in their field. A very positive learning atmosphere with conversations and laughter which took the whole group together.
Susana Roughton from the United Kingdom Works as a public health expert for the Ministry of Defense


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Admission criteria

  • a  Bachelor’s degree obtained at an institution of academic higher education in medicine, public health, or another related filed to health care, such as health sciences, economics, social science or nursing. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained at an institution outside the Netherlands may be asked for additional methods to prove that they meet the admission requirements.
  • at least 5 years of relevant work experience in humanitarian action or health systems development, preferably in contexts affected by crisis.
  • proficiency in English
  • Good motivation (see below)

Application procedure

The complete application is due two months 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

What we expect from your motivation letter:

Please indicate in your motivation letter why you want to follow this specific course, why you want to follow the course at KIT Amsterdam, what do you expect to learn and how you will apply your newly gained competencies from the course in your work, what kind of benefits will it bring to your future career, etc. Describe a relevant problem you have experienced in the last two years that you would like to discuss during this specific course. Your motivation should be about ½-1 page. Please do not repeat your CV again.

FAQ Online Application System

Do you have a question about our Online Application System? Then you can find the answer in our FAQ Online Application System:

As Emergency Manager working for WHO in North East Nigeria, The ADHS course was very relevant to the Humanitarian and Development Nexus, the course was tailored towards the New ways of Working (NWOW) in the ensuring one had a clear understanding of analyzing the disrupted health Systems in various countries. I also gained a lot of exposure to and from other colleagues from different parts of the world which I found very valuable. After attending the course, I started to apply the skills that I learnt. This has contributed greatly to the end results of projects I work on. I was able to organize an adapted ADHS Nigeria Specific training for Nigeria in Lagos. I can recommend this course (ADHS) to other colleagues working in disrupted health systems all over the world.
Dr. Collins Owili Emergency Manager WHO

Discount and Fees

We offer a range of discounts for early bird applicants, alumni, tropEd students and groups. See below the discounts and fees for the course Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in Countries in Crisis. See for more information about our discounts for groups and other short courses on our exclusive discount page.

Exclusive Discounts for our study programmes

Regular course fee €2.240,- Start date: 12-8-2024
Early bird fee €1.910,- Paid before: 12-5-2024
Alumni discount €1.800,-
tropEd fee €1.800,-

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Practical information


Classes are held at KIT’s training facilities in Amsterdam.


There is a severe shortage of student accommodation in Amsterdam and participants are advised to contact KIT for information. KIT will endeavour to assist participants in their search for housing.

Visa requirements

Citizens of most EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. Visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on visa requirements.

Participants from other countries must obtain a short-stay visa (for up to three months) through the Netherlands embassy or consulate covering the applicant’s country. Applicants will need a letter of admission to the course and proof of sponsorship or sufficient funds to cover the course fee, travel and accommodation costs. Applicants should take into account that in some countries this procedure can take several months.

European Credit

The European Credit Transfer System (EC) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A course comprising 28 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one EC credit point.

Insurance requirements

Course participants and accompanying dependents are required by Dutch law to have health, accident and third party insurance. Unless their current insurance policy covers their stay abroad, participants must insure themselves and their dependents in the Netherlands. Dutch insurance companies offer reasonable rates to foreign students. KIT can assist with arranging insurance.


This course is also accredited for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.

Studying at KIT has expanded my horizon to address public health concerns in a different perspective. It has allowed me to integrate policy, economics, governance, social determinants and health circumstances to find solutions for a better sustainable health system. The ADHS course was a great opportunity to exchange experiences from experts working worldwide, to understand diversity, create atmospheres to strengthen our roles in our work environment. As a Palestinian living in a chronic disrupted system, this course has provided me with insight to address when working on the policy level.
Jennifer Dabis, Palistina Works as Health Promotion Programma Manager at Juzoor for Health and Social Development

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The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or scholarships for short courses. For different funding options, visit our scholarships pages.

Scholarship information

MENA Scholarship

We are happy to inform you that for the course in summer 2024 there are MSP MENA Scholarships available for participants from the following countries: Algeria • Egypt • Iran • Iraq • Jordan • Lebanon • Libya • Morocco • Syria • Oman • Tunisia • Mauritania
(Syria: Syrians can apply for a scholarship if they are living and working in one of the other countries listed above)

Application period for the scholarship: 8 February-26 March 2024.

If eligible please apply as soon as possible for academic admission but at the latest by 26 February 2024 to be ready when the application period opens.


Why Study at KIT Institute?

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  • Up-to-date approach to complex public health issues
  • Practice-oriented
  • Exchange between disciplines
  • Interactive Education
  • Development of personal and professional competencies
  • Network building
  • Participants from diverse backgrounds and countries
  • Personal tutoring
  • Teaching by highly qualified specialists
  • Positively reviewed by tropEd
  • KIT: international centre of excellence in international health and development
  • Accredited by NVAO

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