Short course Health Systems Assessment in Humanitarian Crises
Period17 June 2024 - 28 June 2024
Registration deadline26 May 2024
Total fees: CHF 1’700.-
Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 200.-
There is no available scholarship for this programme.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Define concepts related to health systems and the six building blocks of the WHO framework
- Assess the main characteristics of humanitarian health interventions (facility-based, outreach, community-based activities, horizontal versus vertical) and relate to its health system challenges in various areas: financing, human resources, health information systems, governance, service delivery, and technology
- Apply the health system assessment guideline tool to translate a local situation analysis into concrete humanitarian interventions
Professional from other sectors who wishes to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change.
Graduate student with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a post-graduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.
- Introduction to Health Systems, System Thinking, the Role of Governance, and the Health Systems Assessment Tool
- Health Service Delivery and Quality
- Health Workforce, Health Technologies, and Health Information Systems
- Health Systems Financing
- Presentation of the Health System Assessment using a Real-life case study
Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva
This is the only course specifically focused on health system assessment in humanitarian crises and built on the latest available evidence.
Health systems are devised to provide an appropriate response to the health needs of the population, ensuring equitable access and also protecting the population from the consequences of ill health. The challenge is that delivery of health services needs to be implemented whilst ensuring a balance with appropriate utilisation of available resources. When health resources are disproportionately distributed, as is often the case, the result is the weakening or even breakdown of service delivery.
The World Health Organisation (2000) defined six functions, or building blocks of health systems: Leadership and governance, Service delivery, Human resources for health, Medical products, vaccines and technology, Health information system, and Health financing. These building blocks provide a common terminology for discussing key health system functions, and can be used in describing and assessing sectors of health systems, such as health care. Through the progressive introduction of health systems concepts to humanitarian health, there is an increasing need for better understanding of how health systems are affected by and respond to humanitarian crises and function according to each of the key building blocks. This course aims to provide an understanding of synergy between the building blocks for health systems during humanitarian crises and its applicability at local level.
Objectives of the course
The primary purpose of this intensive 5-day course is to familiarise participants with a health systems approach to health care for communities in low and middle countries affected by humanitarian crises, through using practical interactive examples and case studies, and taught by experts who come from or have lived and worked in low and middle income countries during or after humanitarian crises. By the end of the course, the students will be able to:
- Define concepts related to health systems and the six building blocks of the WHO framework.
- Assess the main characteristics of humanitarian health interventions (facility-based, outreach, community-based activities, horizontal versus vertical) and relate to it health system challenges in various areas: financing, human resources, health information system, governance, service delivery, and technology.
- Apply the health system assessment guideline tool in order to translate a local situation analysis into concrete humanitarian interventions.
Structure of the course
- Introduction to health systems, system thinking, the role of governance, and the Health Systems Assessment tool
- Health service delivery and quality
- Health workforce, health technologies, and health information systems
- Health systems financing
- Presentation of the Health System Assessment using a real-life case study
Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:
- 30 hours of face-to-face teaching through a mixture of interactive lectures, case studies, discussions, and group and individual exercises.
- 10 hours of self-study time including reading, writing and group interactions
- University qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
- At least three years of relevant professional experience
- Excellent command of English
- Motivation working in the humanitarian sector
- Copy of identity document or passport
- Passport photo (.jpg format)
- Curriculum vitae
- Cover letter (explaining what is the reason why you apply for this course and how will the acquired skills help you in your career)
- Copy of the highest educational qualification obtained
- Copy of work certificate or official document of the current job position
- Proof of English language level
- Employer's funding agreement, if applicable
- Employer's letter of support (recommended)
- Scholarship application form (if applicable). Please refer to https://humanitarianstudies.ch/scholarships-executive-short-courses/
More information about the application process is available on our application page.