Many of the significant challenges health professionals and managers face in public health involve convincing individuals to change and adopt behaviors and decision making processes. The mere dissemination of information is often insufficient to convince people to take action. In addition, the growing spread of misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and rumors through online platforms has become a major challenge in public health activities. The course will introduce participants to social and behavioural communication and change principles, as well as to social marketing approaches in LMICs in practice. Aspects of health communication in classic media and in digital and social media will be discussed.
This part-time and flexible study programme caters to the needs of working professionals. More than 75% of all learning takes place at a distance, giving students the opportunity to learn and progress at their own pace. All courses adopt a blended learning approach, offering the advantages of both self-directed and face-to-face phases. Participants benefit from a wide range of learning methods designed to achieve the best possible individual learning experience: lectures, seminars, case studies, group work, pre-recorded videos, self-directed learning with feedback from lecturers and/or the course coordinator as well as practical exercises.
During the preparation phase course materials are accessed via our Learning Management Platform at the participants’ own pace with guidance from course coordinators and facilitators.
The preparation phase is followed by a hybrid face-to-face week at the Swiss TPH headquarters. Active participation (online or in person) is expected from 9:00-17:00 CE(S)T. At least one facilitator is always on site and in-person teaching is prioritized whenever possible, although in exceptional circumstances facilitators may join online. Online spaces for participation is limited. These spaces are allocated based on student need (i.e. travel restrictions, etc.).
Learning outcomes are consolidated during the post phase with a final assignment that is introduced during the hybrid face-to-face week. This phase is self directed and guided via our Learning Management Platform. The post phase is finished when the final assignment has been handed in.
At the end of the course, current and future health professionals and administrators will be able to design strategies to persuade various segments of the population, other professionals, as well as key decision- makers to adopt behaviours and policies in support of health and organisational goals.
Participants are assessed during both, the distance-based and on-campus phases of the courses, through individual and team assignments, professional presentations, quizzes or short tests, reflective papers and proposed projects.