Healthcare Courses

A wholesale restructuring of Africa’s healthcare systems will be necessary over the next ten years, including measures to expand access to healthcare, to focus on primary care and prevention, and to manage chronic conditions. These reforms can be achieved by giving local communities more control over their healthcare, by using mobile technologies, and by committing countries to a form of universal healthcare coverage.

BASIC HEALTH ECONOMICS

COURSE OVERVIEW

In every country (and many sub-national structures such as states and provinces), health economics plays, or should play, an important role in policy and operational decisions.

These decisions include:

  • The appropriate role of government, markets, and the private sector in the health sector
  • Resource allocation and mobilization that affect the equity and efficiency of public spending on health
  • Resource transfer mechanisms to hospitals and health care providers and the incentive systems that underlie them
  • Health system organizational structures and the linkages between the levels
  • Health facility organizational structures
  • Mechanisms to change behaviors of the population and health system providers in order to achieve better health.

Health economists can contribute to better decision making. Most economists train through university degree programs. But there are also short- and medium-term training needs. Furthermore, health economists, even when they exist and are well trained, are not always part of decision making in ministries of health. A clear need exists to train and empower policy and operational decision makers on how health economics can help make health systems more effective, efficient, and equitable.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

1.Expose participants to the potential contribution of health economics to decision making in the health sector.

At the end of the course participants can:

  • Use economic rationale to determine when there is a strong case for government action
  • Apply economics to improve the efficiency with which health resources are allocated
  • Analyse economic arguments to help improve technical efficiency in the health sector
  • Explain how economics can help improve equity in the health sector 

2.Introduce participants to the language of economics and health sector reform so they can communicate  more effectively with the Ministry of Finance. 

By the end of the course participants can:

  • Justify the role of the public sector by correctly identifying market failures 
  • Apply the different dimensions of efficiency to ensure a larger return to investments in the health sector

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Ministry of Planning staff working on the health sector
  • Ministry of Finance staff working on the health sector
  • Civil society advocates who manage or support policy dialogue and monitoring in the health sector
  • International organizations’ staff working on health
BASIC HEALTHCARE FINANCE

COURSE OVERVIEW

The increasing complexity of health care costs can be difficult to decipher. Understanding financial terminology is financial literacy. Reading the numbers and knowing what they represent is financial acumen. Whether you are budgeting and forecasting for a small unit or an entire department, the ability to make sound financial decisions is an essential skill for managers. However, developing financial acumen is not just for managers—a truly innovative organization is comprised of employees who can think critically about the processes and systems in their department. Cultivating employees' knowledge of the financial underpinnings of systems and processes is more likely to encourage critical thinking and lead to new ideas and solutions in health care delivery.

Health Care Finance for Non-Financial Managers offers Delegates who do not have a finance background the opportunity to learn about and practice financial management as those disciplines apply to health care institutions. By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of financial accounting and reporting, financial analysis, managerial and cost accounting, and budgeting. Students will be able to apply financial techniques to the analysis of the health care environment, to improving value in health care services and to organizational decision making.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Health care finance overview
  • Managerial accounting and financial analysis
  • Financial management tools

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Managers of hospitals and health maintenance organizations, nursing professionals who are interested in advancing to more senior management and administrative roles, consultants, HR professionals, and other non-financial healthcare professionals seeking a greater understanding of the financial issues facing hospitals and health care organizations.
MEDIUM TERM EXPENDITURE FRAMEWORK : BUDGETING HEALTH FINANCING

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Course is designed for policy-makers in the health sector or in charge of social policy, senior managers of service-provider organizations and experts involved in health system reform. The course reviews effective policy instruments to improve health system performance through better health financing policy. The course is built around the following modules:

  • Coordinating reform – aligning policy instruments with policy objectives
  • Raising revenues – thinking outside the box
  • Pooling health revenues – the cost of fragmentation
  • Purchasing – getting more health for the money

"This is an amazing course: extremely well rounded yet compact, built on a strong scientific and theoretical base brought to life via a panorama of in-depth, reform-specific country cases and very dynamic, participant-driven presentations.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Health Financing
  • Health Economics
  • Medium term Expenditure Framework
  • Health Financing and Donor Management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Health Policy and Public Health Intervention
  • Practical - Group Presentation

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • This course is designed to be of considerable benefit to project and program teams, leaders/managers responsible for Health and other related sectors in health. Any other cadre or persons wishing to improve their skills in this area can also benefit. Women managers and all health related staff are encouraged to apply.
DIPLOMA IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course introduces students to the foundations of the Health Information Management profession and competencies, along with the management, legal, and ethical challenges that affect healthcare information management systems in Africa. Delegates will be challenged by the dynamic landscape of healthcare, the intricacies of health information management in a diverse environment, and the issues of managing employees within a healthcare organization.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

The course broad objective is to adequately equip delegates with the skills to manage health information

This course also seeks to attain the following goals.

  • create a dynamic forum for examining public health policies and practices in Africa
  • increase knowledge about the role and importance of health information management
  • provide enriched opportunities for information exchange and networking amongst health information management professionals
  • work more closely with other sectors of health systems where actions are important in health information management
  • help understand the role of people and systems in data management.
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Managers of hospitals and health maintenance organizations, nursing professionals who are interested in advancing to more senior management and administrative roles, consultants, HR professionals, and other non-financial healthcare professionals seeking a greater understanding of the financial issues facing hospitals and health care organizations.
PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

COURSE OVERVIEW

The advanced specialty certificate in Health Care Quality Management will prepare managers and health care professionals to plan, develop and implement successful continuous quality improvement/management programs in their organizations and health care regions.

Delegates will enhance their health organizations ability to move into integrated delivery of quality health care services that are accountable to clients of the system, the government and the public.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Manage and lead quality improvement initiatives.
  • Design, organize and analyze information related to quality improvement, risk management and utilization.
  • Apply problem-solving skills to analyze problems and issues related to quality.
  • Determine appropriate personnel and structures to solve quality problems.
  • Facilitate organizational change.
  • Develop integrated systems for quality, utilization and risk management.
  • Develop accountability measures.
  • Design appropriate organizational structures and teams to implement quality solutions
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Healthcare Total quality management
  • Healthcare Supervisors
  • Assurance managers,
  • Junior quality managers, assistant Quality managers,
  • Healthcare Operations managers
HEALTHCARE QUALITY MANAGEMENT

COURSE OVERVIEW

The advanced specialty certificate in Health Care Quality Management will prepare managers and health care professionals to plan, develop and implement successful continuous quality improvement/management programs in their organizations and health care regions.

Delegates will enhance their health organizations ability to move into integrated delivery of quality health care services that are accountable to clients of the system, the government and the public.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Manage and lead quality improvement initiatives.
  • Design, organize and analyze information related to quality improvement, risk management and utilization.
  • Apply problem-solving skills to analyze problems and issues related to quality.
  • Determine appropriate personnel and structures to solve quality problems.
  • Facilitate organizational change.
  • Develop integrated systems for quality, utilization and risk management.
  • Develop accountability measures.
  • Design appropriate organizational structures and teams to implement quality solutions

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Healthcare Total quality management
  • Healthcare Supervisors
  • Assurance managers,
  • Junior quality managers, assistant Quality managers,
  • Healthcare Operations managers