Leadership is a vital part of achieving international health goals and is critical to the success of efforts to reduce inequality and improve health. However, the rapidly changing environment and huge variations in available health resources make leadership in health a complex and constantly evolving issue. This course seeks to impart key concepts and experiences of leadership in health to those engaged in or entering public and international health roles basing it on leadership theories, professional leadership reflective practice based on self-awareness of personality traits as well as ability to deal with power and distance, solve conflicts and collaborate with stakeholders across sectors for the population health benefit.
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 an in-depth understanding of leadership in an international health context. They will be able to better understand the leadership behaviour of others and of themselves using system thinking, emotional intelligence and appreciative inquiry and know what it takes to lead an organisation or work group through a change that others want to be part of.
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 ((TOEFL Paper 550/ TOEFL Computer 213/ TOEFL internet 79 – 80/ IELTS 6.0 or native speaker or completed higher education in English). 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.