Title: How to Plan Successfully. A focus on priority setting, resource allocation and strategic planning for health (Ifakara, Tanzania)
Keywords: Planning and programming (incl.. budgeting and evaluation)
Health systems
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Bernadette Peterhans
Axel Hoffmann
Date start: 2018-11-12
Date end: 2018-11-30
About duration and dates: 3 weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Ifakara,Tanzania
ECTS credit points: 4.5 ECTS credits
135 hours
30 hours lectures, 10 hours individual assignment, 90 hours facilitated group work, 5 hours group presentations and discussions
Language: English
By the end of the course participants should be able to:
- critically reflect concepts of priority setting, economics and planning regarding the development of health systems
- put into practice principles of management that can be applied to district health services, using the Health Resources Allocation Model by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
- design a health programme and prepare a project proposal.
Assessment Procedures:
The assessment consists of different parts:
The first part (first week) will be assessed through a group presentation.
For the second part (second and third week), the assessment is an individual written situation analysis 40%, the project document group work 40% and an oral group presentation 20%. In all examinations participants are not asked to memorize facts, but rather to put different elements into context.
The average of the marks of both parts forms the overall mark
During the first week students are introduced to several concepts of priority setting, supported by computer software, which monitors their progress. They allocate resources to health services and evaluate the performance based on systems thinking.

The second part of the course is a simulation exercise of a program design mission. Participants take the roles of mission team members and will:
- define a target population and formulate program objectives within the context of a country‘s national development goals and objectives
- define the output that will enable a satisfactory achievement of those objectives
- identify verifiable indicators which will demonstrate performance in terms of outputs and objectives
- outline the strategies and indicate the activities required to produce the proposed output
- determine the input necessary for completing the proposed activities
- identify the most significant assumptions underlying the implementation of the activities
- prepare a complete program proposal that clearly and coherently presents the program planning, design and evaluation processes
- present and defend the completed program design and the rationale for the design
- undertake the processes needed for successful staff selection and -recruitment
During the whole course students are learning in small groups (max. 6 members), each group facilitated by an experienced tutor. For the first part of the course a newly updated version of the Health Resource Allocation Model-software is used to monitor the progress in resource allocation, measured in service coverage and quality of care.
During the second part a case study of a fictitious country is used; based on this information students have to develop a health programme and write a full proposal (in groups).
Health professionals such as MDs, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, managers, planners, social scientists, health system researchers, educators;
At least two to three years of professional experience,
Sufficient English language qualifications according to internationally recognized proficiency tests i.e. TOEFL Paper 550 / TOEFL Computer 213 / TOEFL internet 79-80 / IELTS 6.0 or native speaker or completed higher education in English (with written proof)
Max. 24 participants, no limitation for tropEd students
CHF 3850.- tropEd students pay a reduced fee of CHF 3350.-
Scholarships: None
Major changes since initial accreditation:
There have not been major changes in the content of the course over time since the last accreditation in 2008. However as we integrate former course participants in facilitating groups during the course, there might be new group facilitators from time to time, but the course coordinators remain the same.
Student evaluation:
Throughout the years the course is evaluated excellent. Both content and educational approach reach on average a rating between 85% and 95%. Students recognize the intensity of the course and the workload during the three weeks, but they appreciate the practical aspects of the course: In their opinion they can easily transfer the course into their day-to-day life and feel well equipped in drafting programme proposals.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited 1998 in Berlin; re-accredited 2005; re-accredited in Paris, May 2008 and in Uppsala, September 2012. This accreditation is valid until September 2017.
The course is accredited to be held in Ifakara, Tanzania, in the venue of the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health. From 2013 onwards it is planned to run the course with the same facilitators in Laos as well.
Email Address: courses@swisstph.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-12 23:56:28 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2017-09-27 21:39:33 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-09-27 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 04:48:39 (W3C-DTF)

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