Title: Health Management: Planning and Programme Design
Keywords: Resource management (in general)
Planning and programming (incl.. budgeting and evaluation)
Country: United Kingdom
Institution: UK - Institute for Global Health, University College London
Course coordinator: Mike Rowson
Date start: 2018-04-09
Date end: 2018-04-27
About duration and dates: 3 weeks and 3 days (The final 3 days are for the oral examinations. Students will only have to present themselves for their own examination during this time).
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: UCL Institute for Global Health
ECTS credit points: 6 ECTS credits
SIT: 150 hours
50 contact hours, 100 self-study hours
30 hours lectures, 10 hours seminar/tutorials, 10 hours group work , 40 hours private reading 60 hours assignment preparation and delivery
Language: English
At the end of the module students will be able to:

- Develop and compose a critical situation analysis based on data and background information
- Outline and describe a range of key programme management principles and techniques
- Identify and justify priorities for health interventions, while considering policy and practice, environment and resources, and the needs and demands of various stakeholders
- Design a comprehensive and efficient health programme, using a logical framework approach
- Explain and evaluate the logical framework approach
- Prepare and present a project proposal orally and supported visually through a presentation under deadline conditions
Assessment Procedures:
30 minutes oral examination, consisting of:

20 minutes oral presentation of the proposed intervention (supported by powerpoint slides);

10 minutes responding to examiners questions on the proposed intervention.
The course centres on a simulation exercise of a health programme mission in a resource-poor setting. Each student must work towards designing an intervention by the end of the course. Students will:

* define a target population and formulate programme objectives within the context of a country’s national development goals and objectives

* prepare a complete programme proposal that clearly and coherently presents the programme planning, design and evaluation processes

This proposal will include:
- a situation and problem analysis;
- a SWOT analysis;
- a project proposal;
- a logframe for the project;
- a stakeholder analysis;
- an overview of the human resources needed to complete the project;
- a budget;
- and the data tools to be used for monitoring and evaluation.

In order to support this we will provide an accompanying set of lectures / tutorials and group work which will cover the following topics relevant to health management and to the simulation exercise.

1. Introduction to management
2. Strategic planning
3. Using data to inform planning and programme design
4. Situation and needs analysis
5. Creating problem trees
6. Undertaking SWOT analysis
7. Undertaking stakeholder analysis
8. Proposal writing
9. Producing a logframe
10. Budgeting
11. Leadership and managing human resources
12. Monitoring and evaluation
The module uses a scenario-based simulation exercise to place participants in a health mission environment in a resource poor country. It asks students to respond to the scenario with a detailed proposal, which is assessed at the end of the module. Students assume the role of key specialists in the mission team in order to write individual programme interventions which respond to the scenario.

Lectures, tutorial and group work, will cover the different components of the programme and project design, as well as background on broad issues around different aspects of management and planning.

During class time, as well as hearing lectures and responding to readings, students will undertake small group work to hone skills in different elements of proposal writing.

At the end of the module, students will be assessed on their oral presentation (visually supported by powerpoint material) of their chosen intervention. The proposal will include all the key elements covered in the sessions (i.e. situation analysis, stakeholder analysis, logical framework, human resource plan, budget etc).
English proficiency: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent at partner institution
12-18 students
The number of tropEd places on the module is determined after IGH MSc candidates have chosen their optional modules (normally in early October). TropEd applicants wishing to secure a place should apply and pay fees before this period. They will be placed on a waiting list for the module. Applicants who have paid will be notified as soon as it is confirmed whether places are available. TropEd applicants are awarded places on a first-paid, first-admitted basis. Full course fee refunds will be provided to paid-up applicants if there are no places on the module(s) for which they applied, or if the module is cancelled.
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Temporary course co-ordinator: Mike Rowson (Director of Education at UCL Institute for Global Health). He will be replaced as the module co-ordinator when we have recruited a new member of staff in the next month).

The scenario we undertake the simulation on has been changed completely in summer 2013.This is to keep the material fresh, relevant to changing conditions in developing countries, and also to allow students to undertake a range of different intervention responses (i.e. encouraging them to make a unique response to the scenario).

The assessment procedure has been changed from combined individual/ group assessment to individual assessment after demands from students. We are also allowing greater time for completion of the assessment by holding the examinations slightly later than in previous years.
Student evaluation:
Overall 86% of students found the 2012-13 iteration of this module enjoyable.

The key piece of positive student feedback was that they appreciated the practical nature of this module and how it focussed on skill acquisition in relation to a detailed scenario.

The key negative piece of student feedback was that some of the lectures were not well tied into the proposal writing process; students also noted the shortness of time in which to complete the assessment.
Lessons learned:

In response to student feedback we have more clearly delineated the taught sessions and how they will relate to the interventions we want the students to create as part of their assessment. We have also allowed more time for students to complete the assessment.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in October 2013. This accreditation is valid until October 2018.
Email Address: a.gilry@ucl.ac.uk
Date Of Record Creation: 2013-10-30 15:35:43 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2013-10-30 15:46:56 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-09-12 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 16:07:00 (W3C-DTF)

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