In most organisations, financial management skills tend to be concentrated in a small core of financial management experts. Especially in small organizations and in the public sector, many employees are given responsibilities in financial management for which they have not been trained, be it budgeting, financial record keeping or financial reporting.
This course will address the basics of the financial cycle from budgeting, implementing and recording, through financial reporting. An in-depth look at the workings of bookkeeping, financial reporting, internal controlling, financial management of physical assets and stocks, as well as auditing will be covered.
The course consists of 3 phases combining blended and hybrid learning formats, offering the benefits of both self-paced learning and synchronous real-time interaction.
Phase 1: Preparation
During the preparation phase, participants familiarise themselves with the course topic by studying materials and completing assignments under the guidance of the facilitators.
→ Self-paced distance learning and an introductory online session
→ 4 weeks part-time
→ Approx. 40 hours of student investment
Phase 2: Hybrid Face-to-Face Week
During the hybrid face-to-face week, participants engage in five days of intensive discussions, reflection exercises, case studies, group work, quizzes and presentations, either on-site at the Swiss TPH headquarters in Allschwil, Switzerland, or online. Active participation (online or on-site) is expected throughout the week.
→ On-site in Allschwil or online
→ 5 days full-time
→ Approx. 40-45 hours of student investment
Typically, there are two hybrid/face-to-face weeks with two courses back-to-back to allow participants from abroad to attend two courses on one flight.
Phase 3: Final Assignment
In the post phase, participants consolidate their learning through the development of a final assignment, such as essays, project outlines, presentations or online quizzes, supported by the course facilitators.
→ Distance-based and mostly self-paced
→ 8 weeks part-time
→ Approx. 95-100 hours of student investment
At a Glance
Online Information Session
At the end of the course, participants will have gained the knowledge and skills needed to understand the financial cycle of any organisation and to extract and use relevant management information from the financial management system. Moreover, participants will know how the backbone of the financial management system, the accounting system, is constructed and why. Participants will be able to recognise and use standard financial reports for planning, internal control and financial management.
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.
The course is designed for those working, or wishing to work, in the field of international public health cooperation at all levels. It is of particular interest to (future) leaders and managers addressing the need to combine strong business management skills with a sound public health education.
To enrol, you need a bachelor's degree and at least two years' relevant work experience, as well as a passion for global and public health. As all management courses are taught in English, strong oral and written English skills are also required. In order to attend the course, the fee must be paid before the course starts.
Fee for MBA-IHM students*: CHF 2,450
Fee for Short Course students: CHF 2,850
* The same fee applies to tropEd students and students enrolled in an SSPH+ professional postgraduate Master's or PhD programme.
Course fees must be paid in advance to gain access to the online learning materials. Tuition fees do not cover insurance, travel or personal living expenses incurred during your stay in Basel.
Swiss TPH and the University of Basel do not offer scholarships for management courses.
Disclaimer: In the event of an insufficient number of participants, the course may be cancelled up to 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. Swiss TPH is not responsible for any costs related to flight bookings, etc.