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.
This course is tropEd accredited. It can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the
Master in International Health programme.
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.
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
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.
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/).
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.
This module is part of the 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.
- 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
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.
Early Bird registration
Early Bird registration and payment applies when payment is made before 1 February 2021.
Please note that you will receive a response on your application within 4 weeks.
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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.
The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or fellowships.
For this course and a number of other KIT courses funding from the Orange Knowledge Programme OKP is available for applicants from OKP countries. See the OKP page for more information on the eligible countries, eligibility criteria and application instructions. Applicants from OKP countries are strongly encouraged to apply for an OKP scholarship.
The OKP application needs to be submitted via an online application system from Nuffic. All accepted applicants from OKP eligible countries will receive the link to apply automatically when the application period opens.
The OKP application period normally is September-October.
See top of this page for the OKP application deadline for this course.
Please note that the academic application to the Royal Tropical Institute has to be received at the latest 1 month before the OKP deadline. You are advised however to apply to KIT as early as possible.
See the detailed instructions on OKP information.
The European Credit Transfer System (EC) 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 ECcredit point.
This course is worth 5 EC.
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 Healthprogramme organised by KIT and other institutes in the tropEd network.
Why study at KIT?
Up-to-date approach to complex public health issues
Exchange between disciplines
Development of personal and professional competencies
Participants from diverse backgrounds and countries
Teaching by highly qualified specialists
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