HMP673 Health Program Management and Evaluation in Resource Poor Countries
2 Credit Hour(s)
Not offered 2017-2018
Description: This course will introduce future leaders to the skills and techniques required in order to become effective program managers of health projects in resource poor countries. The course covers a diverse set of topics within the context of health programs in resource poor countries that include: project and process management; project sustainability and quality assurance; proposal/grant writing; human resource management; project and process management software and technology; and financial budget development and monitoring. Each session of two hours will consist of a one hour seminar followed by one hour of practical exercises through group discussion and application of skills/techniques to real world scenarios. The course will primarily rely on case study analysis, readings from a variety of management, global health other social science journals and personal experiences of invited SPH faculty/guest speakers.
Course Goals: The overall goal of the course is to introduce students to the fundamental skills and techniques required in order to become effective program managers of health projects in resource poor countries. Other course objectives are for students to: 1) develop an understanding of health program management and monitoring in resource poor countries through real world case study analyses; and 2) identify any technical, financial, political and human resource factors required to implement and sustain successful health projects with particular reference to resource-constrained environments.
Competencies: Students will gain competencies in 1) applying program management and evaluation tools/techniques to health programs in resource poor countries; 2) applying project and process management software; 3) understanding the fundamental principles of successful proposal preparation/grant writing techniques; and 4) improve knowledge, ability and skills levels in health program management in a resource poor country context.
Learning Objectives: Students will have an understanding of the language and application of program management and evaluation tools/techniques to health programs in resource poor countries. Students will also appreciate the challenges of health program management in resource poor countries and how to identify appropriate tools/techniques to mitigate them through interactive exercises and hands-on applications. Other learning objectives are: 1) develop and enhance professional skills in program design, program monitoring and evaluation and resource allocation; 2) acquire the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to become effective program managers in global health practice; 3) equip students with the skills that are necessary to work effectively as a team member or team leader/facilitator; and 4) enable students to design, manage and evaluate health programs in resource poor countries.