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Welcome to our course on Understanding and Strengthening Health Systems for Global Health. During the course we will provide you with an overview of the main elements or building blocks of a health system based on the World Health Organization’s guidance. You will have the opportunity to explore four main areas of health systems in global health with particular reference to low and middle income countries. The first area focuses on understanding health service organizations, the challenges. Our second module looks at WHO’s six major building blocks or health systems components with particular reference to primary health care and the need for community participation in planning, delivery and assessment of these systems components. in our third module we examine the specific systems component of human resource development and capacity building. The fourth area consists of health policy making and advocacy with stakeholders. This course is geared toward learners who are already involved in managing health and development programs on the ground in low and middle income countries or who are preparing for such a management role. The main lectures will span a four-week period with approximately 2-4 hours of viewing learning materials per week. We have one peer graded essay wherein you will use skills in ‘organizational’ diagnosis to better understand a challenge in an organization where you are or have worked. There are also quizzes. We hope you will engage with your fellow learners in discussion forums to learn from each other....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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3 hours to complete

Understanding Organizations and How They Change

Health Systems are human organizations. Organizations have structure, purpose and membership. To remain “Healthy” an organization must adapt to its environment, whether that be funding and policy changes or expectations of its clients. In this module we will focus on diagnosing factors related to the health of organizations and consider strategies to help organizations adapt....
Reading
15 videos (Total 156 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video15 videos
What is an Organization? (Part 1)13m
What is an Organization? (Part 2)10m
What is an Organization? (Part 3)6m
Stages in Organizational Change (Part 1)9m
Stages in Organizational Change (Part 2)6m
Organizational Diagnosis (Part 1)13m
Organizational Diagnosis (Part 2)10m
Organizational Diagnosis (Part 3)6m
Organizational Change (Part 1)11m
Organizational Change (Part 2)14m
Understanding Health Systems (Part 1)13m
Understanding Health Systems (Part 2)14m
Systems Thinking8m
Effecting change in a Health System15m
Reading1 reading
Foundations of Global Health Specialization10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz20m

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Section
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5 hours to complete

Health Systems: Basic Functions and Building Blocks

The World Health Organization has described six major components or building blocks of a health system. In this module we will examine those components and delve more deeply into the aspects of financing, commodities and service delivery, especially through Primary health Care. We examine a ‘missing’ component, community systems. ...
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20 videos (Total 282 min), 1 quiz
Video20 videos
Introduction to Primary Health Care27m
The Building Blocks20m
Building Blocks: Support25m
Building Blocks: Community31m
Where Do People Go When They Are Sick and Live 10 Miles from the Nearest Clinic?13m
Patent Medicine Vendors— Business or Health Care Provider?12m
Procurement for Medicine Shops and Vendors7m
Community Case Management9m
Procurement and Flow of Commodities to the Community21m
Hybrid Models: Involving both CHWs and PMVs8m
What Are Community Systems?14m
CSS Framework12m
Community Examples5m
CSS Indicators12m
National Health Accounts8m
Financial Sources8m
The Health Commodities10m
Universal Health Coverage Requires a Strong Health Workforce12m
Preparing Health Workers16m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz30m

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Section
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4 hours to complete

Human Resource Capacity Development: An Essential Health System Function

Human resources are a component or building block that supports  all other components of a health system. This module examines the role of training and continuing professional development in strengthening organizations and systems....
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8 videos (Total 67 min), 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Organizational Context For Training10m
Training In Context of Program Management (Part 1)9m
Training In Context of Program Management (Part 2)9m
Training In Context of Program Management (Part 3)6m
Training Policy and Functions (Part 1)7m
Training Policy and Functions (Part 2)11m
Continuing Education12m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz20m

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2 hours to complete

Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy Approaches

Health and development organizations and systems are created and funded through policy decisions. Within organizations there are policies that procedures that determine the actually functioning or the organization. This module looks at stakeholders in the policy process and helps the learner consider advocacy strategies to influence healthful policy change....
Reading
7 videos (Total 68 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Policy Making (Part 1)11m
Policy Making (Part 2)7m
Stakeholders12m
Advocacy14m
Examples of Advocacy (Part 1)13m
Examples of Advocacy (Part 2)6m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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Top Reviews

By NKSep 3rd 2018

This a very interesting course highlighting key components in order effectively organize to tackle issues facing health systems at large . I highly recommend it

By KASep 8th 2018

Informative and challenging to re-think current approaches to public health systems strengthening

Instructor

William Brieger, DrPH

Professor, Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health

About Johns Hopkins University

The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world....

About the Foundations of Global Health Specialization

This specialization is intended for people working or aspiring to work in global health programming. You will learn the foundational building blocks of effective program planning, implementation, and evaluation in a variety of settings, including low- and middle-income countries and humanitarian crises....
Foundations of Global Health

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