CHEPSAA publishes its first course outline
The Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA) today published the first in a series of materials through which it hopes to contribute to enhancing postgraduate teaching and learning related to health policy and systems. CHEPSAA is a project funded by the European Union which aims to extend sustainable African capacity to produce and use high quality health policy and systems research by harnessing synergies among African and European universities.
The resource published today is an outline of a course entitled Introduction to Complex Health Systems. This course, as with others CHEPSAA is busy developing, is intended for inclusion in a master’s programme, but could also be offered as stand-alone short course. The plan is for it to be an open educational resource which will be freely available to others to use and adapt in their own organisational contexts.
This outline was developed during, and after, two week-long workshops held in Cape Town in May 2012 and 2013, in which experienced educators intensively discussed the curriculum and content.
CHEPSAA would very much appreciate feedback on the outline as developed thus far, in order to incorporate as much relevant input as possible during the process of finalising the full course. The full course will be available online later in 2013 and will include facilitators’ notes, resources and more detail.
- Please click here to view the Microsoft Word version of the course outline.
- Please click here to view the PDF version of the course outline.
Feedback can be provided via the comment function embedded in this article, by contacting CHEPSAA through this website or by interacting with CHEPSAA via Twitter (@hpsa_africa).
Who is the target audience for this and other courses being developed by CHEPSAA? And what types of graduates are we looking to develop?
As one of the bases of designing a curriculum, CHEPSAA has considered and listed the attributes or qualities that graduates of a master’s degree in Health Policy and Systems should ideally have. The intended audience of such a master’s programme are health systems managers in state and NGO environments, and those planning to do research in the field. The attributes listed are fairly generic and are in line with graduate attributes proposed by various higher education institutions, including the universities of the Western Cape, Ghana and Nigeria.
Graduates of the courses should be:
- Inquiry-focused and problem-solving;
- Critically and relevantly literate, with good analytical skills;
- Aware of the complexity and inter-connectedness of public health system components;
- Ethically, socially and environmentally aware and active;
- Autonomous thinkers and actors;
- Team workers able to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders;
- Skilled communicators;
- Capable leaders;
- Change strategists and agents;
- Confident to engage across difference, and able to be flexible in interpersonal relations.
What additional materials will CHEPSAA be making available?
A course developed earlier, Introduction to Health Policy Analysis, is already available on the CHEPSAA website. Click here to download.
New resources that will become available over the next few months include:
- The fully-fledged version of the course Introduction to Complex Health Systems, which will include facilitator notes, tasks and activities, readings, case studies and other resources to support the teaching of the course.
- A set of notes on principles of curriculum development in this field, based on the CHEPSAA experience and discussions in our workshops. This is designed to support colleagues involved in curriculum development in their institutions.
- An overview and outline for a course called Introduction to Health Systems Research and Evaluation. This will be followed by a fully-fledged version of the course.
- CHEPSAA partners will also be preparing a discussion document on what a master’s qualification in the field might comprise, to stimulate broader thinking on this, with a view to developing a specialist master’s programme in health policy and systems within the next few years, as well as further courses and modules in the field.