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Spring 2 2007

Dr. M. Mitchell, Dr. T. Bossert
2.5 credits
Lectures, seminars, cases. Two 2-hour sessions each week, one 2-hour lab each week.

The adoption of exciting and innovative health reform policies and programs have little impact on health unless they are effectively implemented. Implementation involves continuing political support, reorganization of key institutions, strengthening regulation and enforcement and the adoption of new and appropriate management techniques. Few reforms are designed with implementation requirements in mind and few health planners or managers in Middle and Low Income Countries have any formal training in management and as a result many excellent global, national and local health initiatives do not achieve their goals in a reasonable time frame or at an affordable cost.

This course looks at the political, governance, organization and management issues necessary for effective implementation of a health program. It is intended for MPH and MS students who will be working in a developing country environment at either a policy or program level. Topics will include fundamentals of management, planning and monitoring tools, assessing system capacities, dealing with donors and politicians, and evaluation of success. The course will have an emphasis on the learning of practical skills and applications using a case based method of teaching.



Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

Spring 2006

Dr. M. Mitchell, Dr. T. Bossert
2.5 credits
Lectures, seminars, cases. Two 2-hour sessions each week, one 2-hour lab each week.

The adoption of exciting and innovative health reform policies and programs have little impact on health unless they are effectively implemented. Implementation involves continuing political support, reorganization of key institutions, strengthening regulation and enforcement and the adoption of new and appropriate management techniques. Few reforms are designed with implementation requirements in mind and few health planners or managers in Middle and Low Income Countries have any formal training in management and as a result many excellent global, national and local health initiatives do not achieve their goals in a reasonable time frame or at an affordable cost.

This course looks at the political, governance, organization and management issues necessary for effective implementation of a health program. It is intended for MPH and MS students who will be working in a developing country environment at either a policy or program level. Topics will include fundamentals of management, planning and monitoring tools, assessing system capacities, dealing with donors and politicians, and evaluation of success. The course will have an emphasis on the learning of practical skills and applications using a case based method of teaching.



Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

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