Five years have passed since CHEPSAA’s first curriculum development workshop, where we began the development of our first open access course, Introduction to Complex Health Systems (ICHS). Since 2014, ICHS and Introduction to Health Policy and Systems Research (IHPSR), our second open access course, have been run in July each year as part of the Winter School of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Understanding and Analyzing Health Policy (UAHP), a third open access course in the CHEPSAA stable, has been running for much longer.
This year, we asked a handful of Winter School students from Ghana, Zambia and South Africa to tell us about their jobs and to reflect on their experiences of attending the week-long IHPSR and UAHP courses, as well as the relevance of these courses to their careers.
This is what they had to say.