This two-week blended course offers an introduction and overview of digital health, including a strong emphasis on how in reality, digital health functions in various settings. Participants will discuss how digital health interventions can help push the triple aim of Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Goal Development for more people at a lower cost in different settings in high-, low- and middle-income countries. The program discusses what kind of analysis should be done for developing digital health intervention, which stakeholders should be involved and cross-cutting issues to be considered when implementing DHI in low resources settings.
This course is TropEd accreditated and can be followed as a stand-alone course or as advanced module of the Master in International Health. The first week can be followed as a stand-alone course, for which we offer an attendance certificate.
This new course is organised jointly with Amsterdam Health and Technology Institute (AHTI) and in cooperation with a number of other partners: Pharmaccess, Joep Lange Institute, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGD), Smarthealth Amsterdam, and Waag, Technology & Society.
The contents of the course are:
- Defining digital health, principles and classification
- Opportunities and limitations for digital health in LMICs
- Surveying demand and feasibility of digital health solutions
- Guidance on implementation of digital health interventions
At the end of the first week, participants will be able to:
- Explain principles and concepts of digital health, including the effect of digital health on health behaviour and on health systems.
- Discuss digital health interventions as means to address health challenges in different settings.
- Discuss opportunities and limitations that digital health interventions bring while providing Universal Health Coverage in high, low and middle-income countries.
- Recognize and address ethics and data governance issues related to digital health.
At the end of the first week, participants will be able to:
- Develop strategic problem-solving strategies using digital health to address challenges in the health sector.
- Combine technical, analytical and networking skills for developing and embedding digital health interventions in a systemic approach.
- Develop and evaluate potential digital tools and strategies in different settings (acknowledging their characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, and performance while implemented).
The course is designed in an innovative model – similar to hackathons and data sprints, often the standard approach to develop technical skills. In the “sprint” methodology, while learning basic concepts, the participant can also acquire and develop applied skills developing projects to address real health problems. We encourage device and corpus literacy, allocating considerable time to course preparation, live tutorials, practical labs and interaction with partners, facilitators and keynote lectures.
We planned different activities to train theoretical knowledge on digital health and have an overview of practical skills needed to conceive, develop, implement, and evaluate digital health interventions. Using the Active Learning Perspective, the main characteristic of this course is the “hands-on” strategy, allowing the participant to apply during the course the knowledge they are acquiring in real-time. The workshop nature of the second week is an opportunity to work in challenging real-scenario cases.
Keynotes focusing on key concepts of the course; Parallel tutorials are practical sessions aimed at introducing specific fields of DH or techniques; Labs and guided work are moments where students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned trying to solve a practical problem.
Keynotes; Parallel tutorials; Labs, and guided work during the second week include a strong focus on applying the knowledge and skills acquired during week 1. Participants work in groups developing a digital health intervention proposal to address a real-life problem (preferably problems that participants face in their home countries). A presentation is given at the end of the second week with the outline of the project proposal. A written proposal is submitted for examination on Friday afternoon, after considering feedbacks received on the presentation.
Participants who wish to be examined and/or obtain the credits are required to take the course assignments as follows:
Week one: Open-book exam with a combination of multiple-choice and essay-type questions.
Week two: Group assignment focusing on the development of a Digital Health Intervention (project). The examination is divided into two parts. First, the group delivers a presentation at the end of the second week, added by a written outline of their digital health intervention project.
This course is offered in a blended model. The facilitation of the learning experience in the first week will be 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 KIT Virtual Grounds and other tools, such as Zoom. In the Moodle environment, we will provide preparation materials in advance for self-directed learning.
During the course, considering the hands-on strategy, we planned the following activities:
- Keynotes = lectures on key concepts of the course.
- Meet & Greet = social dynamics where everyone gets to know each other in a fun way to establish rapport and social network.
- Parallel Tutorials = practical sessions introducing the participant to a specific technique to apply in their projects. More than one should co-occur, so people have the choice to join according to their interests. Tutorials should be repeated throughout the day so that the participant can attend to a variety of them.
- Q&A = on the first day, participants will have questions, so this is a moment for a general plenary of comments, questions, clarifications and suggestions.
- Practical Labs = moments when participants have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained from keynote and tutorials to work on a practical problem. In week one, this will be brought by facilitators at a beginner level. During week 2, the problem will be the project the participant chose to work on. In both cases, the idea is to design a digital health intervention to a real problem.
- Project Pitch = for those attending the second week, we will work on an actual project for the whole week. Project leaders (our personnel) will pitch some projects they want to work on, and participants will choose which team they will join. We expect the proposed projects to be real-life cases KIT and partners are working on and that we have at least 4 participants interested in each project pitched to form a few teams.
- Project Live formation = we organise an electronic voting process and give real-time results about who is joining each project pitched.
- Work Sessions = time of teamwork (participants + project leader) to develop the DHI.
- Final Presentation = plenary moment when each group presents the project DHI planned to the others and delivers a written proposal according to a previously agreed template.
With this variety of activities, we expect to cover critical skills so that our participants can spot opportunities to develop and apply digital health in their daily routine, being also able to work it out responsibly and ethically. Having this experience in our course, we hope our students can be multiplicators in their countries, advocating for the adoption of DHI to strengthen their health systems and enhance the quality of delivered healthcare.
We developed the blended course “Global Perspectives on Digital Health”, aiming for mid-career and senior health professionals interested in updating their competencies in the field of digital health. We also aim for professionals who want to include digital health components in the programmes/projects they manage at different healthcare levels (in MoH, NGOs, etc.). Finally, we also expect applications from young professionals interested in adding digital health to their portfolios. We are also betting on intergenerational learning, considering the participants’ broad range of ages and backgrounds.
- Academic training at least to the level of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, in medicine, public health or another field related to health care, such as health sciences, environmental sciences, economics, biostatistics, social sciences or nursing
- Two years of relevant work experience, including work experience in low and middle-income settings.
- Proficiency in spoken and written English
- Computer literacy demonstrated by the ability to correctly and independently upload electronic documents in the online application system.
- Motivation for the programme, demonstrated by a motivation letter stating why the applicant wants to follow this specific course.
The application package is due two months before the start of the course.
Please upload your application online. The following documents should be uploaded:
- Updated CV
- 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.
This course can be taken on its own, as advanced module of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme.
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The first week will be online. We will use KIT Virtual Grounds, KIT’s virtual community of professionals in health and international development, exchanging material, providing support, and communicating to participants. Zoom will be used for sessions and group activities (links and descriptions of activities will be announced on Virtual Grounds). This way, we will make it easier for those looking to expand their knowledge but cannot be in Amsterdam. They can be followed via an internet connection from anywhere in the world.
The second-week classes are to be held at KIT’s training facilities in Amsterdam. It won’t be possible to follow this week online.
This module is offered as 1 week e-learning and 1 week class at KIT 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.
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.
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.
The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or scholarships.
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.
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.
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