Take a look at the SPH article by Michelle Samuels on GH 804: Using Mobile Technologies to Improve Health Outcomes.
Using Mobile Technolgies to Improve Health Outcomes
Planning and Managing Maternal and Child Health Programs in Developing Countries (with an emphasis on child health)
This course examines the health needs of women and children in developing countries and the problems faced in providing maternal and child health services in both urban and rural areas. The course emphasizes child health. Theoretical and practical aspects of designing, administering, and evaluating these services are discussed. Specific topics include nutrition and growth, immunizations, diarrhea and oral rehydration, traditional beliefs and practices, use of health auxiliaries, and primary health care. Two sessions are devoted to maternal health issues. Students prepare, critique, and present a group proposal.
Program Design for Global Health
Most future public health professionals will be asked to design and implement public health programs at some time in their career. Developing a structured approach to program design is an important public health skill for public health professionals.
The course provides many opportunities to apply the key steps of program design. The course invites students to work together in a team to design a program for a public health intervention. Students will form consulting teams and develop programs for Circle of Health International, a small non-profit international health organization. Part of this work requires the accurate analysis and diagnosis of public health problems in a developing country and the development of evidenced based solutions to address these problems. Part of the work requires knowledge and skills for working effectively in a team and leading the development of a high performing team. In this course you will have the opportunity both to build your individual knowledge and skills as well as to work in a team, develop your team skills, and reflect on your own and your team’s performance.
Three years from now after the course is over we hope that you will able to articulate the steps involved in developing a public health program and feel confident in applying a structured approach to create a strong program for a public health intervention. We hope that you will happily recall the work that you did in the course to develop your program and draw on that experience to create other programs for the public health organizations for whom you work.
Take a look at the BUSPH Insider Article: BUSPH Summer Class Partners with NGO on Global Health Programming
Take a look at the article about the course from the ASPH Friday Letter #1626 18 June 2010
Making Programs Work: Program Implementation for Global Health
As professionals working in low and middle income countries, we often end up running programs we did not design, which are under-financed, and which face enormous implementation challenges. In this course, students will work with a specifically identified health program that is currently being implemented and conduct systems analyses, undertake problem solving exercises, and propose solutions to real implementation challenges in the field. Ultimately they will be able to prioritize the interventions necessary to effectively run a complex health program in such diverse situations as urban slums and dispersed rural areas in developing countries and be prepared to plan the actions to effectively run those programs. This course is directed towards students in the health management emphasis area and is not suitable for students in their first semester of studies. Students who will particularly benefit from this course are foreign nationals returning to their own countries and U.S. citizens/residents who will provide technical assistance through NGOs or other agencies to implement existing health programs
After completing this course the student will be able to:
- Identify the essential elements of a health program and describe how these elements relate to each other in a well-functioning health program.
- Create an implementation plan for a program or project activity.
- Describe an existing health program and create a system map to identify where the program is functioning well and where problems exist.
- Analyze the problems identified in a health program, conduct a program diagnosis through a root cause analysis, and propose specific programmatic interventions to address the problems.
- Propose specific solutions to a variety of program implementation challenges related to Human Resource Management, Drug Management, Health Information Management Systems, Quality Improvement, Financial Management, Transport Logistics, and Supervision.
- Use two or more means of communication (telephone, e-mail, fax, Skype, e-room) to work with remote partners to conduct team exercises.
- Lead a group of one’s peers to address a challenge as evidenced by their ability to scan the environment, focus interventions, align resources, and inspire colleagues to act.
- Document implementation experience in a descriptive format such that others can replicate their work.
The challenge of the UN Millennium Development Declaration is to promote “a comprehensive approach and a coordinated strategy, tackling many problems simultaneously across a broad front.” Meeting this challenge will require inspired managers with strong leadership skills. Boston University School of Public Health and Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a leading international public health nonprofit organization, have collaborated to offer this certificate program to prepare health managers and consultants to lead organizations to face priority health challenges and achieve results. Participants will learn practical skills for mobilizing and aligning groups in the complex conditions of health in the developing world. The curriculum will integrate the leadership practices of scanning, focusing, aligning/mobilizing, and inspiring with the management practices of planning, organizing, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the practices, values, and methods needed to lead and manage groups and organizations to face a priority health challenge and achieve results. Throughout the program, participants will interact virtually with field-based MSH teams in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America to solve real-world program issues.
Communicating with individuals and groups is an essential Public Health skill. It is extremely unlikely that you will pursue a career in Public Health without a significant portion of your work involving teaching or training practitioners, agencies and/or communities. While your discipline training has provided learning opportunities to develop
content expertise and practical skills, the work needed to teach effectively is left pretty much to you. You may consider that teacher who you thought taught well had some gift which enabled them to communicate clearly and foster your learning through both more and less structured interactions. However, when you set out to teach you will most likely only have second hand knowledge of teaching. You may hope the luster of your model teachers will wear off and by teaching a section of university course with a little of his/her guidance, you may gain valuable exposure to the craft. More often than not the opposite happens. A person who has to rely on their own interest in teaching finds that the pressures to publish, to conduct research, and practice public
health, limit the attention that can be paid to developing insights into teaching and learning. This is a risky way to promote public health education and provide for healthy communities.
This course is aimed at MPH graduates who are interested in an academic career beyond research to include teaching and training. You may think that good teaching something you either can do or you cannot do, as if you could not be both with and without the talent. What is good teaching anyway? You can definitely tell it when you see it, but otherwise it is hard to explain. We believe we can not only help you describe good teaching, but also help you develop the knowledge and skills to create a successful learning environment where your gifts for the discipline and for public health practitioners can be both enjoyed and further refined. We see teaching as an ongoing and reflective process. This process is further enabled in a community of scholars sharing concerns and insights and opening a space where improved public health teaching can be discussed. To see program materials, examples of participant work, and comments from program participants about the course recorded during a follow up visit to IIPH at Hyderabad click on this link. sph.bu.edu...
Leading Community Health Initiatives: Medicine and Public Health as Partners
This course is designed for medical and public health students who seek to gain the leadership skills needed to develop and implement community health initiatives. Students will work in theory and practice to address the question, “How can we as young physicians and public health professionals work with community partners to lead change for better health?” By the end of the course students will demonstrate the ability to work in teams to apply the Challenge Model to develop and implement a community-based health initiative in the context of and in partnership with a community health center or organization.
Principles of International Health
This certificate program teaches the public health perspective underlying health service delivery. The curriculum addresses issues faced by both developing countries and countries undergoing economic transition. Through course activities, participates cultivate the skills needed to analyze problems and apply current advances in international health to programs and policies. Controversial issues are explored and debated, drawing on scientific research as well as the experience of participants and instructors. Underlying the program is a deliberate political approach to public health advocacy and community-based development for better health.