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Title: Designing, Managing and Evaluating Projects for Improving Health: Issues for Donors and Implementers
Keywords: Quality
Planning and programming
Health sector reform
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of International Health, Berlin
Course coordinator: Peter Campbell
Date start: 2023-01-09
Date end: 2023-01-20
About duration and dates: 2 weeks + 2.5 days preparation time
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location:

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Augustenburger Platz 1
ECTS credit points: 3.5 ECTS credits
105 hours total SIT.
Self-study to prepare the module: 15 hours.
During the module: lectures and discussions: 30 hours; group work: 20 hours; site visit: 4 hours, self-study: 36 hours.
Language: English
At the end of the module the student should be able to:
• Formulate an overall goal and the objectives of the project
• Design the basic aspects and/or components of a project including the budget and indicators
• Assess the advantages and shortcomings of project implementation and operations research
• Appraise the effectiveness and outcomes of monitoring and evaluation processes
• Evaluate project designs
Assessment Procedures:
1. Individual project design (min. of 1500 words)
The design is expected to include all the basic components and will be submitted before the end of the course for assessment by the course coordinator (70% contribution to overall grade).
Criteria for marking will include:
• Inclusion of all relevant design components
• Clarity of expression
• Cohesiveness of the project (Goal leads to Objectives, which are explained by the Background; Methods and Budget are realistic and appropriate; and Monitoring will theoretically help achieve successful long term results)
2. An MCQ test (20 questions) will be given to assess the knowledge and skills of the students in evaluating issues of project design (30% contribution to overall grade).
Students must pass both parts of the assessment. The pass mark of the MCQ test is 60%.
In case of failure, students are offered to re-sit the MCQ test and/or to make one final revision of their personal project design, as appropriate. A second re-sit is allowed but may be linked to conditions set by the Committee of Admissions and Degrees.
The course will move through the various stages of designing a project:
• Setting of Goal and Objectives with special consideration to politically challenging and profit oriented environments
• Describing the project background as well as developing and communicating the rationale of the project
• Defining the methodology for implementation and outlining and illustrating the phases/stages of the project
• Developing a detailed, yet concise and intelligible budget
• The principles of good project monitoring (benefits and dangers)
• Development of meaningful indicators, as well as accurate and efficient data collection
• The concept of Quasi-Experimental Design and its role in assessing the impact of development projectse importance of project evaluation
• Expectations of donors
• A site visit to a donor/health project implementing agency
This will be a highly practical hands-on module that develops the understanding and skills of the participants so that they will have developed all the main aspects of a project both as part of a group and as individuals.
Underlying the course content are the basic principles of modern Quality Improvement, since the desired impact of most projects is to improve health for the population, often through improving the quality of health care. See "Remarks" section for background reading.
Overarching the course will be individual and group work where participants will, at each stage, put into practise what they are being taught through the development of both group and individual projects.
On arrival at the course, students will be expected to have prepared an initial draft of a health project (based on a case-scenario they will receive), including a brief background and rationale, goal, main objectives and initial methodological ideas (15 hours).
The main part of the module will consist of lectures and discussions to introduce the principles of the components of a project design (30 hours), group-work to develop these ideas on a sample case-study (20 hours), a visit to a donor/project implementing agency for a question and answer session (4 hours) and individual study to apply the principles both to the group work cases (18 hours) and to the individual's own project design (18 hours).
Personal comments on the individual project designs will be given during the module by the lecturer, and participants will be expected to revise their project designs accordingly.
If not a native speaker: Internationally recognised English proficiency certificate equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550 paper/213 internet/80 online, or IELTS score 6, or DAAD (A or B in all categories). tropEd students need to provide proof of registration as tropEd student at their home institution only. For further exemptions see
Up to 32 students.
Students and participants must attend 80% of the teaching time
DIPH participants who apply by the deadline for application have priority over MScIH students and alumni and short course participants. Places are then allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
Deadline for application: 10 weeks before module start (12 Nov 2018).
Deadline for payment: 8 weeks before module start (26 Nov 2018).
We shall confirm the module 6 weeks before module start latest (10 Dec 2018), subject to a sufficient number of applications.
Late applications will be considered as long as places are available.
962,50 EUR for tropEd MScIH students
1.203,13 EUR for guest students incl. Diploma
Not available
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Brescia, Jan 2013; re-accredited in April 2018. This accreditation is valid until April 2023.
Useful background reading:
1. Brock S, Columbia R. 2008. Project Design & Proposal Writing A Guide to Mainstreaming Reproductive Health into Youth Development Programs. International Youth Foundation. Available at PropWritGuide.pdf
2. Introduction To Project Planning And Development. Dept of Education. Available at
3. Aguayo R. 1990. Dr. Deming, the American who taught the Japanese about quality. Touchstone. ISBN-13: 978-0671746216
4. Deming W.E.1980. Out of the Crisis. MIT Center for Advanced Engineering Study. ISBN-13: 978-0911379013
5. Collins J. 2001. From Good to Great. Random House Business. ISBN-13: 978-0712676090
This course has been tested as an 8-day Alumni Workshop funded through the support of DAAD in October 2012.

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Date Of Record Release: 2013-02-25 03:00:36 (W3C-DTF)
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Date Last Modified: 2023-01-11 13:21:53 (W3C-DTF)

Fifteen years of the tropEd Masters in International Health programme: what has it delivered? Results of an alumni survey of masters students in international health

L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

1 Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3 Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite – Universit€atsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany