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About the Course

Welcome to our course on Understanding and Strengthening Health Systems for Global Health. During the course we will provide you with an overview of the main elements or building blocks of a health system based on the World Health Organization’s guidance. You will have the opportunity to explore four main areas of health systems in global health with particular reference to low and middle income countries. The first area focuses on understanding health service organizations, the challenges. Our second module looks at WHO’s six major building blocks or health systems components with particular reference to primary health care and the need for community participation in planning, delivery and assessment of these systems components. in our third module we examine the specific systems component of human resource development and capacity building. The fourth area consists of health policy making and advocacy with stakeholders. This course is geared toward learners who are already involved in managing health and development programs on the ground in low and middle income countries or who are preparing for such a management role. The main lectures will span a four-week period with approximately 2-4 hours of viewing learning materials per week. We have one peer graded essay wherein you will use skills in ‘organizational’ diagnosis to better understand a challenge in an organization where you are or have worked. There are also quizzes. We hope you will engage with your fellow learners in discussion forums to learn from each other....

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I could elevate my knowledge and learning . Gratitude to my teaching team.


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This a very interesting course highlighting key components in order effectively organize to tackle issues facing health systems at large . I highly recommend it

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By asmaa

Oct 20, 2018

thank you a lot this course helped me to understand so many about organizations and how the work not just on the public health level

By Gabriel E

Sep 5, 2020

Very usefull for medical staff who works on the rural fields and likes to know about public health and public health managment

By Basil M

Sep 26, 2020

A well packaged course with practical real life examples, i find it very relevant to my field of practice.

By Xavier A

Jul 17, 2021

This course gave me a strong starting foundation of health systems and their surrounding variables.

By Herma L

Mar 23, 2020

Very useful information for understanding health care services structure and operations

By Anderson L G

Dec 22, 2020

Fantastic content. Exchange of experience and problem solving. Very dynamic course.

By Ayobami O

Jul 2, 2019

Logical and educative. Strongly recommended to other public health professionals

By Josmery S

May 20, 2019

Highly recommended, great learning source, informative and relevant materials.


Jan 7, 2021

I could elevate my knowledge and learning . Gratitude to my teaching team.

By David E B

Jan 9, 2021

Videos were very educative. I would have loved a few materials to read.

By Dr. G A

Feb 23, 2019

Very educational and easy to understand videos. Really insightful!

By Martha M

Apr 23, 2024

Excellent i have learned alot. Please make it credit oriented

By Péricles R

Dec 14, 2019

Great learnings from this course. It is very well structured.

By Asit M

May 2, 2020

Excellent course, specially the assignments are very helpful

By Hind O

Sep 30, 2020

It was a very informative and unique experience. Thank you.

By Loani A A

Jul 4, 2018

Good information, just some technical gaps (system)

By Joyce B

Aug 21, 2019

Great content that includes applicable examples

By Robai G

Apr 1, 2019

Great Course!

I enjoyed every bit of it.

By Victor R D V G

Jun 21, 2020

Informative and great step by step

By Anny D

Jun 11, 2019

very interesting and learn a lot.

By ntlatleng

Jun 24, 2021

well structured and informative

By Ramil N

Jan 5, 2021

It was an interesting course

By Peter K

Jul 26, 2020

Very educative, learnt a lot

By Daniel A M

Nov 18, 2019

Excellent course. Thank you.

By Dimitris K

Dec 22, 2020

Thank you for the education