The World Health Organization organises an Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for low- and middle-income countries annually. This one-week-long advanced training program is based on the Barcelona Course on Health Financing currently offered by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, with materials developed to reflect the context of low and middle income countries globally.
The course is structured around the different elements of health financing policy and their role in improving health system performance, in particular progressing towards universal health coverage. Reaching households outside the formal sector is an important theme of the course, which is built around the following core topics:
- Raising revenues – opportunities and constraints
- Pooling health revenues – the cost of fragmentation
- Purchasing – more health for the money through payment reforms
- Designing a benefit package – equity, affordability and transparency
- Health financing and public finance management – enabling implementation
- Coordinating reform – aligning policy instruments with policy objectives
The course is designed for policy makers, advisors and analysts in the health and social sectors, senior managers of service provider organizations and health insurance funds, and other relevant actors in government (e.g. finance ministries, Parliamentarians), the private sector and civil society. The focus is on policy and strategic decision making, rather than the details of how to implement reforms.
This is an advanced course and participants are expected to have extensive and relevant work experience and knowledge of health financing policy, and previous training in health systems and policy (e.g. participation in a Flagship Course). This course is currently delivered exclusively in English.
The faculty is comprised of a core training team of WHO staff together with leading international experts. High profile guest keynote speakers are also invited to address and discuss with participants; to date, keynote speakers have included Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Diane McIntyre, Chris Atim, Adam Wagstaff, Sarah Bennett, and Eduardo Gonzalez-Pier.
Dates and deadlines for the course will be posted on this webpage during the first quarter of each year. An open application process is followed in which interested candidates complete and submit the online application form. A Course Selection Committee then selects participants based on a number of criteria including the relevance of the applicant’s current position and work functions, evidence of previous training on health policy and/or systems strengthening, and English language ability. Teams from the same country representing different policy perspectives (e.g. health and finance) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications and deadlines
Step 1: Interested candidates complete and submit the online application using the following link:
The deadline for applications is Thursday 4 July 2019 at midnight (Geneva, Switzerland time). Places on the course are limited and demand is extremely high; this is an advanced course and not all applicants can be guaranteed a place.
Step 2: A Course Selection Committee will select participants based on a number of criteria. Please note that this is an advanced course, and hence the relevance of the applicant’s current position and work functions, and evidence of previous training on health policy and/or systems strengthening are particularly important. English language ability is also taken into account. Unfortunately, those who have already attended the course cannot be offered a place. Completion of the WHO e-learning course and submission of the certificate will be used as part of the selection proves. Teams from the same country representing different policy perspectives (e.g. health and finance) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants will be informed of the decision of the Course Selection Committee by email within approximately four weeks of closure of applications.
Step 3: Accepted applicants will then be requested to confirm their participation in order to secure a place on the course; proof of funding to attend the course is an important consideration at this stage.
Costs and registration fee
There is no tuition fee to attend the course. However, in order to secure attendance, accepted participants may be asked to pay a non-refundable Registration Fee.
Participants must cover the cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence. WHO covers all other costs related to the organization of the training course which includes course materials, coffee breaks and lunches on each of the five days of the course, plus an evening Dinner Reception.
Applicants are responsible for obtaining a visa if required. A formal invitation and visa support letter will be provided by WHO.
For further questions about the course please email: [email protected]
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e-Learning Course on Health Financing Policy for universal health coverage