Strengthening the Essential Public Health Functions – Part I
Course Delivery Dates
At the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000, the 189 states of the United Nations reaffirmed their commitment to work for sustainable development and an end to poverty. The World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) are among the many organizations committed to an unprecedented global effort to work towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But many countries are not on track to achieve the MDGs.
Several MDGs directly or indirectly concern health. Poor health reduces income and productivity, and undermines efforts to reduce poverty. Trends in health indicators need to improve faster to achieve the MDG targets. Effective and proven interventions exist. The challenge is to apply them, to improve policies, institutions, financing, household practices; and service delivery; ease human resources and pharmaceutical market constraints; and strengthen core public health functions.
The World Bank is part of a growing consensus that stronger public health capacity in national health systems is indispensable for better health outcomes. PAHO, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Latin American Center for Health Systems Research (CLAISS), defined 11 Essential Public Health Functions that capture the role of national health authorities in public health. A tool was developed to assess performance of these functions, and used in 42 countries and territories in the Americas -- a rich experience and strong empirical basis for plans of action. This experience and analysis is the basis for the content of this course.
To ensure its relevance and quality, this e-learning course was designed and organized by leading experts in public health and distance learning. Along with these technical content experts, the course designers have ensured that the course blends technical knowledge and policy relevance with interactivity and practical examples to stimulate the learner.
The course objective is to develop leadership and competencies in performing and assessing the Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF), as a critical component in strengthening national capacity in public health. At the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Apply the conceptual framework that supports the Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF)
- Describe and analyze each EPHF
- Apply the methodology and diagnostic tools to assess and monitor performance of the EPHF at national and sub-national levels
- Design plans of action and strategies to strengthen public health functions and capacities within a specific country context
- Analyze the contribution of health systems and EPHF to achieving the MDGs using the framework provided
- Employ strategies for encouraging participation of key stakeholders in achieving public health objectives and reorienting health care services
- Identify health problems that require cross-sectoral strategies to address
The course is offered in three separate parts. This Part I covers Introductory Module and Track 1: Basis and Organization: (i) Health Situation Monitoring; (ii) Surveillance and Risk Control; (iii) Human Resource Development; (iv) Emergencies and Disasters.
|Target Audience:||This course targets the technical cadre of Ministries of Health, mid- level policy makers, World Bank staff, development agency and donor agency staff, and other agents of change for better health outcomes.|
|Course Theme:||Health Systems|
|Sub-Theme:||Organization and Delivery of Health Services|
|Time Commitment:||8 hours per week for 5 weeks|
|Amount:||US $ 250|
|Contact Name:||World Bank Health Learning|