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Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in Countries in Crisis (ADHS) - Amsterdam

KIT (Royal Tropical Institute)

Certificate / Diploma Short course Amsterdam

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Health care, social services and care services
Course summary Complex emergencies, assessment of disrupted health systems, health systems components, governance, humanitarian aid and politics, human rights, policies, strategies and plans, recovery process
Course description Protracted crises, mainly those labeled complex emergencies, have a severe impact on health systems, including policy development, human resources, financing, management, and support systems. Unreliable, incomplete information hampers sound decision making, and fast evolving conditions increase uncertainty. They suffer from damage at all levels and from the limited legitimacy and capacity of national authorities, yet there are unique opportunities for addressing their main weaknesses and disruptions during the recovery period. Using participatory learning approaches, this course focuses on analyzing the major features and distortions of disrupted health systems, explores the concept of complex emergencies, and discusses challenges in obtaining and using data and information in these contexts. It takes a critical look at humanitarian aid and its politics as well as the recovery and rebuilding of the health system, including governance, financing, and pharmaceutical supply. Case studies explore successes and failures in rebuilding health sectors of conflict-affected countries, analyse key actors' agendas and the health sector strategies, plans and monitoring and evaluation approaches
Study subjects Complex emergencies: trends, impact and challenges, Conflicts, health status and health systems, Humanitarian aid and its politics, Data and information challenges in crises, Health services delivery in crises. International Humanitarian Law, human rights, conflict and health, Policies, strategies and plans, Main components of health system in crisis, Recovery processes, Case studies
Course objectives Use adequate tools for health system analysis in crises and adapt them, whenever it is relevant, to the local context; Assess a disrupted health system’s structure and features; Identify their adaptation during crises and formulate measures to develop effective strategies and plans; appreciate key health sector actors agendas and how to influence them; Present findings of health systems analysis
ECTS credits 4.00
Duration 10 day(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, group assignment, group discussion, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, self study, tutorial, working group
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) MIH, CROHO code 70048
Information about the institution KIT is a not-for-profit knowledge and expertise organisation for international and intercultural cooperation. Through master programmes, short courses and institutional support, KIT equips health professionals to be leaders in addressing public health challenges around the world. KIT has offered training programs on international public health since 1963. Currently this includes two International Masters Programs and a wide range of short courses and online courses. The courses respond to current global developments in the health field. KIT’s courses are known for their practical applicability, the multidisciplinary approach and the interactive, participatory training methods. Courses at KIT are followed by health professionals from all over the world. KIT’s Masters courses are given in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and are accredited the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). In addition advanced courses are all accredited by TropEd, an international network of institutions for higher education in international health.


Admission requirements
  1. at least 5 years of work experience in humanitarian action or health systems development, preferably in complex emergencies
  2. Academic training or professional qualification in a relevant area. Health related
Language requirements
IELTS listening 6.0
IELTS overall band 6.0
IELTS reading 6.0
IELTS speaking 6.0
IELTS writing 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 5.5
Professional experience required -
Duration 10 day(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
17 Aug 2020 17 Jun 2020 17 Jun 2020
16 Aug 2021 16 Jun 2021 16 Jun 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2000n.a.n.a.

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