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Title: Leadership
Keywords: Organisation
Human Resources
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Katarzyna Czabanowska
Barbara Bürkin
Date start: 2025-03-31
Date end: 2025-04-04
About duration and dates: Latest application deadline: 24 March 2025; The course covers a period of 11 weeks, in which only the face-to-face week (5 days, on campus) is full time. Distance-based preparation phase (40 hours SIT): 03 – 28 March 2025 Distance-based post-campus phase (100 hours SIT): 07 April – 16 May 2025
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Blended-learning
Course location: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, P.O. Box, Kreuzstrasse 2, 4123 Allschwil, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 61 284 81 15, Fax +41 61 284 81 06
ECTS credit points: 6 ECTS credits
- Face-to-face hours: 40 h
- Self-study hours: 140 h (incl. the possibility of distance-based interaction with students and facilitators)
Language: English
Description: At the end of the module the student should be able to:

● Develop a Personal Development Plan (PDP) for their particular organisational context and critically reflect on their own professional and personal development as leaders in international health.
● Apply relevant leadership concepts to their own professional workplace, including transactional and transformational leadership.
● Analyze personality types using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment tool and apply this understanding to enhance team dynamics and individual leadership styles.

● Identify and mitigate unconscious bias, and develop and implement inclusive leadership practices to foster a diverse and equitable workplace environment.
● Apply emotional intelligence techniques to improve leadership effectiveness and interpersonal relationships within a team.
● Evaluate and apply conflict management strategies to resolve workplace disputes effectively and ethically navigate power dynamics within organizational settings.
Assessment Procedures: • During the on-campus face-to-face week, students will work in teams on case studies and will be evaluated in groups based on their final presentation (40% of final mark).

• Following the on-campus part of the module, students will write an individual personal development plan based on the self-assessment and the 360 degree feedback done during the preparation phase and the knowledge and theoretical approaches gained during the course in relation to the current or anticipated work environment (60%).

A failing grade (< 60) in one of the two assignments is allowed as long as the total mark for the module is 60 out of 100 points or better.
A re-sit for the written assignments (personal development plan) is possible within an additional four-week period after the end of the course or as part of the subsequent course in the following year. A re-sit of the presentation during on-campus week has to be submitted three weeks after the on-campus week (only in written form).
Content: The following topics will be covered:

● Introduction to leadership in international health.
● Leadership and Personality Assessments (for example based on using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment tool)
● Relevant leadership concepts and their application to the field of health (e.g. Transactional, Transformational, Cultural Leadership)
● Inclusive Leadership & Unconscious Bias
● Emotional intelligence
● Dealing with power and distance
● Effective communications and conflict management
● Personal and professional development planning
● Strategic stakeholder analysis, stakeholder engagement and communication with the media
● Mentoring, coaching and feedback techniques
Methods: 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) to prepare for the face-to-face sessions. Contact to [with] the course coordinators and fellow students to support is given through a welcome meeting and by using the forum provided on the learning platform.
● Post-campus phase: consists of 100 hours of independent study; students have to write an elevator pitch and a Personal Development Plan.

The on-campus week (40 hours) week is taught through short plenary lectures to give the basic knowledge needed, and plenary/group workshops, including case studies, documentaries and presentations. In addition, students undertake guided independent study throughout and benefit from a personal coaching session. The class structure and teaching methods employed will be interactive in nature, and class participation is actively encouraged. Small group work findings will be presented throughout the week.
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree and at least two years' relevant work experience.
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, or native speaker or completed higher education in English (with written proof)
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 25 students per course; maximum number of tropEd students: 8
Minimum number: 8 students.
Selection: For tropEd students: First come, first served principle
Latest application deadline: 24 March 2025
Fees: Students who are enrolled in a tropEd Master programme pay the reduced fee of CHF 2’950; other students pay CHF 3’350 (CHF 492 per ECTS credit point).
Scholarships: none
Major changes since initial accreditation: The main course coordinator has changed.
The group of facilitators has grown to offer a broader range of topics. New topics such as Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management, Unconscious Bias, and Effective Communication have been added, as these were clearly supported in the evaluations.
Student evaluation: Positive feedback:
● The course provided a safe space for the participants.
● There was plenty of time to share, talk and discuss different topics.
● The course effectively balanced practical and theoretical aspects.
● Participants appreciated the time given for self-reflection and awareness.
Negative feedback:
● More content on conflict management and more role play activities was wished.
● There were too many facilitators to write to, which caused confusion.
● There was the wish that all students should attend on-site.
● Group coaching sessions on case studies should be included.
Lessons learned: ● Leadership is a subject that is best learned through interaction and participation, therefore this course should be delivered exclusively as an onsite course to maximise learning.
● Case study teaching is particularly suitable for this course as it allows leadership skills to be demonstrated and applied in a practical manner.
● Individual coaching sessions are an essential component and should be maintained in the long term to ensure continued individualized development.
tropEd accreditation: Accredited in June 2019 in Umea, Sweden, Re-accredited June 2024 in Cuernavaca,Mexico. This accreditation is valid until June 2029.
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 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 time slots and using Adobe Connect.
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Date Of Record Creation: 2019-09-02 09:40:56 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-09-02 13:54:44 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2019-09-02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2024-07-05 08:08:50 (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