Title: Health Care and Management (HCM) From Research to Implementation
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Bernadette Peterhans
Date start: 2021-03-08
Date end: 2021-06-11
About duration and dates: 14 weeks
Classification: core course
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Swiss TPH, Seminarroom “Matterhorn”
ECTS credit points: 20 ECTS credits
Total Overall Student Investment Time 629 hours
Total Direct Contact Time 376 hours
Language: English

According tropEd by the end of the core course, students will be able:

- to identify and analyse interrelated determinants of health and major health problems of populations in a cross-disciplinary perspective in low- and middle income societies.

- to critically collect, analyse and appraise qualitative and quantitative data relevant for the improvement of health and health care in low and middle income societies.

- to plan sustainable improvements of health systems considering the diverse intercultural settings as well as social and ethical responsibilities.

- to clearly communicate and work professionally in a multi-disciplinary team.

Introduction and orientation
Setting the Scene
The participants will be able
- to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of international/global health and the HCM
– to appraise the teaching and learning concepts at Swiss TPH
– to apply common scientific standards and professional presentation skills

Content: Introduction to HCM, PHC and international/global health, concepts of learning and how to present, introduction to IT infrastructure and information, documentation
36 hours student investment time*

Concepts and research methods
Basic Tool Kit
The participants will be able
– to critically apply the basic concepts, methods and tools for collecting, analysing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data

Content: Basic statistics, statistic tutorials, basic epidemiology, introduction to evidence based medicine, introduction to qualitative research methods, introduction to epidemiological software
94 hours student investment time*

Applied Epidemiology
The participants will be able
- to design a study protocol based on the concepts and strategies of epidemiological research
- to critically reflect and interpret selected research findings

Content: Epidemiological framework, population based sampling, study protocol, study instruments, analytical plan and presenting the study
40 hours student investment time*

Community Approach
The participants will be able
- to apply research methods, tools and communication skills in a field study and to present the results and the study process

Field exercise in a rural part of Switzerland
54 hours student investment time*

Health problems and responses
Essential Laboratory and Parasitology
The participants will be able
– to identify the most important parasites and vectors
– to describe their cycles and transmission
– to reflect on prevention and vector control strategies

Content: Introduction to medical parasitology, essential laboratory, integrated vector management
40 hours student investment time*
Health Care
The participants will be able
- to know the basics of clinical presentation of selected diseases
– to critically analyse disease patterns, transmission, prevention strategies and treatment concepts of selected important health problems
– to appraise gender, socio-economic and cultural determinants of health in a cross disciplinary perspective

Content: Primary oral care, gender and health, diarrhoea, integrated management of childhood illnesses, visit to WHO and ICRC, neglected tropical diseases, growth and nutrition water and sanitation, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, AB resistance in TB, viruses hepatitis/hepatopathies, one medicine, filarial infections, schistosomiasis, malaria, sexually transmitted infections, dermatology, accidents due to venomous and poisonous animals, one medicine potential (human/animal) and care, HIV/AIDs seek – test – treat – retrain, HIV/TB programme aspects, transition in health,
135 hours student investment time*

Reproductive and Child Health
The participants will be able
- to critically appraise the dimension of reproductive health in the 21st century and to evaluate selected actions in this field

Content: Introduction to sexual and reproductive health and rights, family planning and the post-2015 Agenda, issues of safe motherhood, maternal, newborn and child health, sexual and reproductive health and human rights, HIV and AIDS, socio-cultural and economic mediators or sexual and reproductive health
45 hours student investment time*

Health system management and communication
Information, Education, Communication
The participants will be able
- to appraise tools and methods for community empowerment
- to appraise the particularities of inter-cultural and gender settings
- to apply concepts, methods and tools in order to reach a common understanding
– to apply the basic principles of group dynamics
– to practice clearly and effectively written communication

Content: Health promotion and community empowerment, culture’s consequences, working in groups, communicating effectively about rational drug use, essay writing in international health
50 hours student investment time*

Management Strategies
The participants will be able
– to adopt a systemic view on health and health systems at local, national and international level
– to critically appraise the different strategies, concepts and tools of managing (strategic and operational) health and health related issues and evaluate them based on evidence and professional experience

Content: Introduction to health systems, sustainable development goals, technology management and eHealth, project cycle management and logframe, introduction to health economics cost effectiveness in setting priorities, access to essential medicines: from policy to responsible use, sector wide approach, health system strengthening, integrating new interventions in the health system, health workforce development, financing and payment of health services at district level, health in humanitarian assistance, health metrics in health systems, improving health systems and quality of care, social marketing
135 hours student investment time
Focus or specific features:

The course is a diploma course (Diploma of Advanced Studies of the University of Basel) as well as a core course for the Master in International Health (MIH) within the tropEd programme. However participants who want to join the MIH programme will only be definitely admitted to the whole programme after successfully (achieving an average of 80% and above in the performance) finishing the core course.
Assessment Procedures:

Assessment takes place throughout the course. A wide range of different examination methods are used: short answer questions, MCQ, essay, group or individual presentations, practical test, case studies. Most but not all of the exams are “open book exams”: candidates are allowed to use their notes and books during the exams. Participants are not asked to memorize facts but rather to put different elements into context.

Overall Concept and Research Methods 7 ECTS, Health problems 7 ECTS, Management systems and management 6 ETCS

Breakdown: Each module comprises an individual or group assessment (Basic tool kit: short answer questions 3 ECTS; applied epidemiology: group presentation of a study design, 1 ECTS and individual case studies 1 ECTS; community approach: group presentation 2 ECTS; essential laboratory: practical test 1 ECTS; health care: MCQ and short answer questions, 2 ECTS: reproductive health: case studies, 2 ECTS; management strategies: short answer questions, 2 ECTS.
A 1500 - 2000 words essay, 3 ECTS and at the end of the diploma course a final oral exam has to be taken, 3 ECTS.

If a student should fail any of the components they are allowed to resit the assessment once.

The four main categories of the MIH core course as defined by tropEd are:
1. Introduction and orientation
2. Concepts and research methods (4½ - 7½ ECTS)
3. Health problems and responses (4½ - 7½ ECTS)
4. Health systems, management and communication (4½ - 7½ ECTS) 6 ECTS
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The HCM course takes as a premise the principles of adult learning, where the learner bears responsibility for her/his learning process.
The main task of a teacher is to facilitate learning. The 'facilitators' give guidance and provide the learner with materials and adequate learning opportunities. A broad spectrum of educational methods are used: field exercise, individual or group work and presentations, laboratory practical, visits, lectures, seminars, demon¬stra¬tions, tutorial, etc.

Candidates with a first professional qualification must have at least 2 years professional experience

– English requirements: 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)

The number of participants being limited, the following points will be considered for allocation of places: experience in a resource poor setting, public health or health promotion experience, a contract for work in a resource constrained setting.
Attendance: Max number is 24 participants
Fees: CHF 7000.-
Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available
Major changes since initial accreditation:

No major changes over the years since last accreditation, however fine tuning did take place according the feedback from the participants and the change of priorities within the public, national, global health field.
Student evaluation:

The overall participants satisfaction in educational approach and content is very high. The participants appreciate the balance between the different topics and the teaching approach with a focus to transfer theory into practice. However depending on the needs of the participants for one or the other subject more in-depth knowledge is asked, as well as more time for self-directed learning.
There is detailed information about participants satisfaction for each lecture as well as for the overall course since 1994 available.
Lessons learned:

To ensure that the content of the course is covering the expectations of the participants
It has to be a good balance between lectures and group work
Group work has to be well supervised and facilitated
tropEd accreditation:

Accredited in Berlin 1998. Re-accredited in Berlin Jan 2005, in Barcelona in October 2011 and in Amsterdam October 2016. This accreditation is valid until October 2021.
Email Address: courses@swisstph.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-19 21:30:36 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-20 03:46:42 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-03-15 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2020-03-17 11:26:51 (W3C-DTF)

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