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Short Courses in International Health ­ Schedule 2004!
at the University of Heidelberg, Germany

We would like to announce again the following Short Courses of-
fered by the Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health of
the University of Heidelberg.

All courses are accredited within the European tropEd Master
Programme in International Health, but can also be taken indi-
vidually for specific further qualifications. Please forward
this e-mail also to interested colleagues. Thank you.

For further information, organisation and application forms

You can also consult the web site:

Quality Management in International Health
15 ­ 26 March 2004 (fully booked)
13 ­ 24 September 2004

In cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusam-
menarbeit (GTZ) mbH.

This course covers the general principles and frameworks for de-
fining and promoting the quality of health systems and services
including processes, models and tools for assuring and evaluat-
ing quality, using case studies from Germany and other coun-
tries. Included in the course is a two day training in an inter-
national quality management model.

Rational Drug Management in International Health
03 ­ 14 May 2004

In cooperation with Swiss Tropical Institute (STI)

The goal of this course is to enable health professionals to un-
derstand and apply the concepts of essential drugs and rational
drug management, considering national and international drug
policy and financing options, and to improve their knowledge and
skills for rational drug management. Drugs are an essential tool
for preventive, curative and rehabilitative health care. How-
ever, holistic health care has to consider drugs just as one
tool among many others and avoid the irrational overuse of phar-
maceuticals. The number and type of drugs is constantly increas-
ing, while the financial resources for health care services in
general remain limited. Therefore rational drug management has
become an increasingly important topic in order to make optimal
use of the drug budget and to offer health services of the high-
est possible standard.

Financing Health Care
07 ­ 18 June 2004

The overall objective of this module is to learn experiences and
lessons learnt from different countries in the area of financing
health care, which can then be applied to different contexts. In
addition, discussion of cases will enable the students to de-
velop an analytic approach to problem solving and apply theo-
retical knowledge to a real life context.
1. Describe the basic tools used in development and assessment
    of financing mechanisms and critically analyze the advantages
    and weaknesses of these tools
2. Critically analyze the roles of the public and private sector
    in health financing in different contexts
3. Compare and analyze the basic features of health financing
    mechanisms in developing countries and in developed countries
4. Design a scheme of health financing based on current theories
    and case study examples

Consultancy Skills in International Cooperation in Health Pro-
posal Development targeting international donors
21 ­ 25 June 2004

At the end of the course the participants will be able to de-
velop and write a project proposal targeting international do-
1. Describe the health sector of the country in which the pro-
    posal will be developed
2. Describe different approaches to planning
3. Define and apply the principles of effective writing of a
    project proposal
4. Describe the principles of assessment and evaluation of pro-

Consultancy Skills in International Cooperation in Health
Evaluation of Health Projects and Programmes
28 June ­ 09 July 2004

The goal of this module is to enable the participants evaluate a
health service project or programme and write an evaluation re-
port for a Ministry of Health and a funding agency.
1. Describe the health care sector of the country in which the
    evaluation takes place
2. Apply the principles of effective writing on evaluations
3. Describe the basic principles and processes for the evalua-
    tion of health projects and programmes
4. Explain basic skills to evaluate a project or programme as a
5. Demonstrate knowledge about the important steps to set up a
    consultancy unit

The Consultancy Skills modules can be taken together or sepa-

Health of Unstable Populations
12 ­ 23 July 2004

In cooperation with the Centre of Research on the Epidemiology
of Disasters (CRED), University of Louvain/Belgium.

The goal of the course is to provide a better under-standing of
the issues related to the health care of refugees, internally
displaced persons and the affected host population in developing
countries and to the health care of migrants.
1. To sensitize participants for health of unstable populations
2. To create awareness about the relief and development context
    in which the international organisations work
3. To enable participants to prepare for disasters and to better
    design health programmes focusing on unstable populations

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