Strategic Planning for Health Interventions (SPHI) - online

Short Course and Part of the MBA in International Health Management (MBA-IHM)

 In resource poor settings, health intervention managers and planners must give weight to strategies to successfully implement health projects and programmes, without losing sight of the demands and needs of populations. Therefore, the aim of this course is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills relevant to strategic planning, including approaches and tools for analysing the present situation (situation analysis), identifying problems and incorporating relevant stakeholders (priority setting).

To set up interventions in resource poor settings, the first requirement is a sound analysis of the situation, based on existing data and information from primary and secondary stakeholders. Case studies will be used to show participants the process of conducting a situation analysis and setting priorities accordingly. These exercises will be done in small groups, followed by group presentations of results and recommendations to the plenary.

Building on these analyses, participants will learn how to appraise possible interventions using the tools and instruments of project cycle management and the Logical Framework Approach and considering the pros and cons of these approaches and how they fit into a strategic plan. This includes defining and formulating indicators for success and integrating monitoring and evaluation into project plans, as well as budgeting for the interventions.

Course Structure MBA and Short Courses in International Health Management

The course starts with a distance based preparation phase and is followed from an on-campus phase. The post-campus phase is finished with the handing of the final assignment.

Participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills to assess the health situation in resource poor settings in order to set priorities for interventions that are consistent with existing national health policies. Moreover, participants will focus on how best to meet the needs and demands of the population and will be able to design a health programme or project using standard planning tools.

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.

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