Health System Strenghtening in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Der Kurs vermittelt, welche Schlüsselelemente dazu beitragen, die Gesundheit der Bevölkerung in wirtschaftlich schwachen Ländern zu verbessern und finanziellen Risiken vorzubeugen.

Catalytic role of health systems strengthening (HSS) for improving population’s health and protecting against health-related financial risks in low/middle-income countries (LMICs) is welldocumented. During the last few decades international donor and technical agencies intermittently used the disease-specific (“vertical”) and system-specific (“horizontal”) strategies for providing health support to LMICs. While the epidemiologic impact of the former has been impressive, sustaining results, due to poorly performing health systems, has been a challenge. The integrated approach has recently emerged as a more effective strategy, where investments in disease-control programs and HSS complement each other. The ‘diagonal’ approach, which implies designing system-related solutions to address disease-related challenges, has been embedded in the global Sustainable Development Goals framework (SDGs 2016-2030), which places increased emphasis on achieving universal health coverage through improved performance of countries’ health systems.

This course aims to provide students with the necessary tools to develop and to successfully implement HSS interventions in LMICs in order to maximize impact of national disease-control programs, such as HIV, TB, malaria and maternal & child health.


  • Global Public Health
  • HIV und Aids
  • Malaria
  • Public Health Methods
  • Sonstige - Public Health

Datum / Uhrzeit


Veranstalter und Veranstaltungsort

Institut für Public-Health, Heidelberg

Target Group and Prerequisites

This course equals 60 hrs of student investment time (19.5 hrs of lectures, 12 hrs of tutored group work and assessed presentations, 26.5 hrs of self-study time). It is open to tropEd students, graduate students enrolled in global health programs, as well as health practitioners in LMICs (e.g. Ministry of Health staff, health facility managers, national disease program managers, provincial/district health authorities), and technical/operational staff of international organizations based in LMICs (e.g. WHO, UNICEF, NGOs). Full time attendance required. 

Course participants should have excellent command/high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English.

2 ECTS for tropEd Students

Course Fees

General Admittance: € 750.-

tropEd students: € 500.-

Information and Registration


Anchal Sharma, MSc.
Assistant Short Courses Coordinator
Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365, D-69120 Heidelberg
Fon: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 43 12 
Fax: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 49 18

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