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.
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, 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.