Title: Supply Chain Management in Health care
Keywords: Resource management (in general)
Planning and programming (incl.. budgeting and evaluation)
Financing
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Amena Briet
Date start: 2018-09-28
Date end: 2018-12-21
About duration and dates: The course covers a period of 12 weeks, in which only the on-campus phase (5 days) is full time. Distance-based preparation: 28 Sep. - 26 Oct. 2018; On-campus: 29 Oct. – 2 Nov.; Distance-based post-campus phase: 12 Nov. – 21 Dec.
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Blended-learning
Course location: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, P.O. Box, Socinstrasse 57, CH – 4002 Basel, Switzerland
ECTS credit points: 6 ECTS credits
SIT: TOTAL SIT: 180 h
- Face-to-face hours: 40 h
- Self-study hours: 138 h
- Written final exam: 2 h

Students will spend 60 hrs working on assessed tasks and assignments to prepare for the face-to-face sessions, 40 hrs in the classroom sessions, 78 hours completing an assessed written assignment and preparing for a written exam, and 2 hours writing the exam.
Language: English
Description:
By the end of the course, student will be able to :
• Identify and analyse components of the supply chain cycle
• Analyse the required integration of health commodities supply management in health systems as a prerequisite for healthcare delivery
• Describe processes that promote responsible and rational use of medicines and supplies
• Appreciate the critical role of human resources, logistics, financing, management and quality assurance in the supply cycle
• Critically analyse supply chain systems and identify managerial approaches and intervention strategies
Assessment Procedures:
During the preparatory period, students will complete a graded assignment before the on-campus period of the module to introduce basic concepts and experiences (short essay; 500 words; 10% of total mark). In addition, they will demonstrate their understanding of the assigned readings by answering 20 multiple choice questions (10% of total mark).

During the on-campus phase, there will be a group assignment in the form of a real-world case-study analysis and 15 minute presentation of the analysis, followed by questions from the facilitators (15 minutes). To analyse the case study, students must apply their new knowledge acquired during the course to identify challenges and to suggest and justify possible solutions to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of interventions affecting the supply chain (40% of total mark).

In the post-campus phase, students have to analyze a different case study and have to produce a written report (2000 words maximum, references not included) discussing the case study according to guiding questions (40% of the total mark).A failing grade in one of the different assignments/presentations is allowed as long as the total mark is 60 out of 100 points or better. In the case of a failing grade for the preparatory assignment and/or the post-campus assignment, students will get a new assignment, similar to the original one. A failing grade for the group work assignment would require the students to revise the analysis and presentation slides and then present and respond to facilitator questions during the post-campus phase, via Adobe Connect.
Content:
The following topics will be covered:

• Complexity of medicines and supplies management at local, national and international levels
• Access to medicines and their rational use
• Supply chain as a prerequisite to improving access to health commodities and healthcare
• Principles and elements of the supply chain cycle
• Management dimensions of supply chain
• Discussion of case studies including challenges and potential managerial approaches
• Delivery and use of health care commodities
• The role of human resources for managing supply logistics
• Quality assurance, monitoring, accountability and good governance in supply chain management
Methods:
During the two distance-based phases, students will engage self-directed learning, to meet learning objectives, using materials and tools provided on the online learning management system (Moodle).
• Preparation phase: consists of 60 hrs of independent study (readings, assessed tasks and assignments) to prepare for face-to-face sessions.
• Post-campus phase: consists of 78 hours of independent study (further research, case study analysis and report writing.

During the two distance-based phases, students will also be asked to initiate and respond to discussion threads posted to the Moodle forum (at their convenience) and will have the opportunity to ask questions of the facilitators via the discussion tool.

The on-campus week (5 days) consists of face-to-face interactive lectures (approx. 30 hours), complemented by daily facilitator-supported group work exercises, case study analysis and feedback sessions (approx. 10 – 15 hours). Students will also engage in discussions and presentations around various key concepts and topics during this week.
Prerequisites:
tropEd candidates must show an English language level TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0 or equivalent, and an intermediate.
Students need a reliable internet connection to follow the preparation phase and the post-campus (assignment) phase. No specific software licenses are needed.
Attendance:
Maximum of 20 - 24 students per course; maximum number of tropEd students: 8
Selection:
For tropEd students: First come, first served principle
Fees:
Students who are enrolled in a tropEd Master programme pay the reduced fee (including exam fee) of CHF 2’450; other students pay CHF 2’850 (CHF 410 per ECTS credit point).
Scholarships:
None
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in November 2017. This accreditation is valid until November 2022.
Remarks: This module is offered regularly as a core-module in Swiss TPH’s MBA in International Health Management programme, therefore the number of tropEd students is limited.

Throughout the module, an online learning management system (Moodle) will be used to support learning activities in the distance-based phases, during which students will be required to complete assignments, self-assessment quizzes, and upload learning products (short papers, statements, presentations, references and documents related to certain topics) linked to the objectives of this module. Through Moodle, students will also have the opportunity to interact with each other (and the facilitators) at their convenience to discuss these same learning products, using discussion forums and other tools.

On request, distance-based, more detailed discussions with facilitators are possible during agreed time slots and using Adobe Connect.
Email Address: courses@swisstph.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2017-11-26 03:56:34 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2017-11-26 09:37:32 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-11-26 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-11-26 09:38:20 (W3C-DTF)

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