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Title: Strategic Planning for Health Interventions
Keywords: Team-work (incl. interdisciplinary, inter-professional)
Planning and programming
Health systems
Health Policy
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Bernadette Peterhans
Barbara Bürkin
Axel Hoffmann
Date start: 2023-08-21
Date end: 2023-11-19
About duration and dates: Application deadline: 11 August 2023 Preparation phase (self-directed): 21 August – 17 September 2023 Hybrid face-to-face week: 18 – 23 September 2023 Post phase (self-directed): 25 September – 19 November 2023
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location:
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, P.O. Box, Socinstrasse 57, CH – 4002 Basel, Switzerland
ECTS credit points: 6 ECTS credits
TOTAL SIT: 180 h
- Face-to-face hours: 40 h
- Self-study hours: 140 h (incl. around 60 hours self-organized, tutored group work)
Language: English
After successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

• Analyse a situation related to (a) health problem(s) in resource poor settings
• Identify main stakeholders and the role they play in project planning and implementation
• Use different tools for evidence-informed resource allocation
• Design the main objectives of a health programme
• Outline a project/programme proposal including monitoring and evaluation and budget using an integrated health system strengthening approach
Assessment Procedures:
During the preparation period, students will prepare a short situation analysis of a given case study. This assignment will be graded and will account for 20% of the final grade for this module (Situation analysis: 1500 – 2000 words, plus 1 page SWOT analysis in bullet points).
Following the on-campus period, a final assignment will ask students to demonstrate their understanding of the main topics of the module by finalizing a project proposal, parts of which will be completed in groups and individually. This assignment will be graded and will account for 80% (40% group part and 40% individual part) of the final grade for this module. (Group part: Finalizing a full logframe, including budget, timeline and staffing of the project: Individual part: proposal, essay style, 5000 – 6000 words).

A failing grade in the assignment of the preparation phase is allowed as long as the total mark for the module is 60 out of 100 points or better. In the case of a failing grade in the post-campus assignment students will get a new assignment, similar to the original one.
The following topics will be covered:

• Tools for analysing the health situation in resource poor settings
• Stakeholder analysis (incl. RACI model)
• Priority setting and resource allocation
• Decentralisation of health systems
• Designing health programmes and projects using an integrated and health system strengthening approach
• Indicators of success
• Monitoring and evaluation tools and integration into the project/programme plan
During the two distance-based phases, students will engage in self-directed learning, to meet learning objectives, using materials and tools provided on the online learning management system (Moodle).
• Preparation phase: consists of 40 hrs of independent study (readings, assessed tasks and assignments) to prepare for face-to-face sessions. Contact to the course coordinators to support is given.
• Post-campus phase: consists of 100 hours of independent study; students have to finalize in small groups (4 – 6 persons) the logframe for the planned intervention; this logframe (to be handed in two weeks after the on-campus phase will be reviewed by the coordinators and feedback for finalization of the logframe is given within max. 1 week. After finalization of the logframe, students have to write the project proposal individually.
The module is taught through short plenary lectures to give the basic knowledge needed, followed by intensive group work (groups of 4-6 students) where students will apply new knowledge to analyse and elaborate on a case study. Students will practice using tools for situation analysis and priority setting and will practice developing a full project proposal. Moreover students will learn how to define and how to formulate objective indicators for success and how to integrate monitoring and evaluation into project plans and develop the budget.
The class structure and teaching methods employed will be interactive in nature, and class participation is essential. Learning will be facilitated by individual and group work, case study analysis and class discussions.
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.
For tropEd students: First come, first served principle
Students who are enrolled in a tropEd Master programme pay the reduced fee of CHF 2’450; other students pay CHF 2’850 (CHF 410 per ECTS credit point).
Scholarships: none
tropEd accreditation: Accredited in January 2019, in Lisbon.
This accreditation is valid until January 2024.
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 we can admit 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, communicate with their working groups and upload learning products. Through the electronic platform, 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 timeslots and using Adobe Connect.
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Date Of Record Creation: 2019-02-15 09:44:56 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-02-15 14:50:50 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2019-02-15 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2022-10-03 08:45:15 (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