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Planning and Managing Global Health Programmes: Promoting Quality, Accountability, and Equity

Address the concepts, theoretical frameworks and practical details involved with planning and managing global health programmes.

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A toddler is given an oral immunization in Mozambique by a preventive medicine technician

Discover the inner workings of how to plan and manage a global health initiative

Planning and managing a global health initiative involves a complex set of issues. At every level from global to national and sub-national, there are a wide range of considerations to take into account.

Using the polio eradication effort as a case study, you’ll address the foundational concepts, theoretical frameworks and practical details involved within this complicated process.

Identify the logistical details of an effective global health programme

Planning and managing a global health initiative involves many steps and many actors.

These include establishing a robust supply chain, addressing corruption, thinking about the intersectionality of poverty and gender and considering how the programme may advance or hinder the larger goal of health equality.

Using the global polio eradication initiative as a case study, you’ll explore all of these stages and will decipher how to address each of them within the context of global health.

Discuss the best practices for human resources management in disease control programmes

You’ll also learn about how to acquire, train and deploy appropriate human resources to each individual stage of the global health programme, and will again use the polio eradication effort to put this into context.

Learn from the experts at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Convening the Synthesis and Translation of Research and Innovations from Polio Eradication (STRIPE) - a project bringing together polio experts from around the world - you’ll be learning from the best minds at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; a leading global institution in healthcare, as well as global health experts from STRIPE partner institutions.

Many lecturers who teach the course are partners as part of STRIPE, and these partnerships are recognised within every lecture.

What topics will you cover?

• Planning and management of vaccination programs

• Accountability and corruption

• Health commodities, logistics, cold chain and supply management

• Human resources for health and the role of human resources in the road to eradication

• Health equity and social justice

• Eradication and the challenge of reaching the last 1%

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss best practices for program planning
  • Identify the logistical details of an effective program
  • Discuss best practices for human resources management in a disease eradication program
  • Apply and reflect on social justice frameworks to a disease eradication program

Who is the course for?

This course is for people working on or who are aspiring to work on global infectious disease control programmes and health initiatives.

This may include those working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public health agencies and academic institutions.

Who will you learn with?

Svea is Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a medical anthropologist who studies health systems.

Olakunle Alonge's teaching and research focuses on advancing the field of implementation research and applying its methods to improve the implementation of complex public health interventions globally

Dr. Kalbarczyk is a faculty member in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Assistant Director of the Hopkins Center for Global Health.

I am a public health physician currently working in health systems strengthening research projects in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Who developed the course?

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, America’s first research university, is committed to the pursuit of lifelong learning, independent research, and sharing the benefits of discovery with the world.


The Synthesis and Translation of Research and Innovations in Polio Eradication (STRIPE) project seeks to map, synthesize, and disseminate knowledge from the polio eradication initiative using an implementation science lens.


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