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Teaching and Learning

The Teaching and Learning (T&L) Thematic Working Group (TWG) is organized around ways to improve the teaching and learning of Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR). This is a period of growth of the field of HPSR, with innovation and new developments in a wide variety of HPSR methods and applications. There is a pressing need to better define the field of HPSR and improve the capabilities of teaching institutions and tutors to teach and apply HPSR, and to keep up with these new developments. There is also an increasing demand for qualified HPSR teachers, trainers and practitioners by governments, public health, clinical and other organizations and stakeholders in health systems.

There have been dramatic changes in the learning technologies available to teach and assess learning, forcing educational organizations to re-think how they teach, train or build capacities as well as why they teach the way they do, that are intimately linked to the strategic roles of education in the development of health systems. Furthermore, there is evident gap in teaching and capacity building research in field of HSPR which requires attention proposed by the TWG.

This TWG aims to continue offering spaces where these issues can be discussed, teaching materials and pedagogical tools shared, and the ability to research, network and collaborate with those involved in the educational mission of teaching and learning HPSR. This Thematic Working Group aims to continue providing networking and support to those involved in the educational mission of teaching and learning HPSR as well as create a platform to build the field of HPSR. The TWG aims to support adapting new methods of teaching, building national health system capacities to face the evolving pandemics that challenged health systems.

Objectives

  • Provide an interdisciplinary forum for teachers, students, education administrators, trainers and those interested in the teaching and learning of HPSR to collaborate and share information about the scope of the field, educational approaches, curriculum development, pedagogical techniques, teaching and learning materials, innovations in teaching and learning, HPSR research, and other capacity building issues related to the teaching and learning of HPSR.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to support Health Systems Global membership (particularly early career researchers via the Emerging Voices for Global Health TWG) in the area of teaching and learning HPSR, including the oversight of a section at the biennial Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.
  • Provide a platform for knowledge sharing and dissemination on teaching and learning HPSR, using web-based strategies, and by producing special issues of journals on teaching and learning HPSR.
  • Promote dissemination and exchange of information amongst students and faculty; trainers and learners; between educational institutions; development organizations; and governments in the area of teaching and learning HPSR.
  • Strengthen HPSR in LMICs. There is a critical lack of capacity in many LMICs institutions, which hampers embedding research and program evaluation in the policy process. Retention of young and promising researchers is especially problematic and undermines country capacity.

Activities

Key activities include hosting webinars, workshops, meetings at global events, regional activities, and the development and hosting of the HPSR training database. The T&L TWG also aims to develop and maintain a repository for materials on teaching and learning HPSR, including curricula, syllabi, competencies, lectures, case studies, and other learning and examination materials, seeking to identify their strong points and gaps.

News and views

News and views

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Facilitators

Gina Teddy

Gina Teddy

Co-Chair

Ayat Abu-Agla

Ayat Abu-Agla

Co-Chair

Gina Teddy

Gina Teddy

Co-Chair

Gina Teddy has been the co-chair for the T&L TWG since 2018. She is the founder and former Director for the Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research (CHESPOR) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Gina coordinates HPSR courses and provides capacity training programs targeting health managers and leaders at GIMPA and the University of the Western Cape School of Public Health Winter School. Gina is a health systems practitioner and an implementation researcher with particular interest in promoting Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) across the African Region. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cape Town’s prestigious Health Policy and Systems Division two years after her PhD at the University of York, England. Gina has expertise in HPSR, governance and leadership, health management and capacity building, policy analysis and implementation science, health financing and inter-sectoral action and multi-disciplinarity. Her work has since informed a wide range of actors in the health sector from global to district levels.

Ayat Abu-Agla

Ayat Abu-Agla

Co-Chair

Ayat has a PhD in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin, and is a consultant community physician, public health specialist and implementation research scientist. Ayat has over 15 years specialist expertise in global health, reproductive health, implementation science, health systems (HS) and health workforce (HWF) in post conflict and LMICs gained through positions in healthcare, academia and professional associations. Her work has informed HS and HWF reform through the performance measurement of community midwife and HWF migration management policy in Sudan. Based at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), she currently provides specialised HWF technical support to Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN) and the WHO-led secretariat for the joint OECD ILO and WHO Working for Health Programme, with HS/HWF operations in over 14 LMICs.

Regional champions

Collaboration for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA)

Collaboration for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA)

Champion for the Africa Region

Diana Elizabeth Cuervo-Diaz

Diana Elizabeth Cuervo-Diaz

Champion for the Region of the Americas

Taufique Joarder

Taufique Joarder

Champion for the South-East Asia Region

Fatou Kebe

Fatou Kebe

Champion for the African Region

Surendra Kumar Mishra

Surendra Kumar Mishra

Champion for the South-East Asia Region

Tara Tancred

Tara Tancred

Champion for the European Region

Collaboration for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA)

Collaboration for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA)

Champion for the Africa Region

The Collaboration for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA) was founded in 2011 by seven African and four European universities. CHEPSAA is dedicated to supporting health policy and systems teaching in African and other developing countries. CHEPSAA is best known for its open access, master’s-level courses – Introduction to Complex Health Systems, Introduction to Health Policy and Systems Research, and Understanding and Analyzing Health Policy – which have been used in countries across the world. Additionally, CHEPSAA has produced other important resources, such as a guide to curriculum design, and continues to support networking, knowledge acquisition and ideas sharing through its regular teaching-related blogs. CHEPSAA is currently coordinated by Ermin Erasmus and you can get in touch through the CHEPSAA website.

Diana Elizabeth Cuervo-Diaz

Diana Elizabeth Cuervo-Diaz

Champion for the Region of the Americas

Dr Cuervo is a Physician Public Health PhD. She works as a principal physician at the National Disability Rating Board in Colombia (Ministry of Work).; she is also professor in themes of social security, disability and labour risk at the Faculty of Law at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Colombia. She previously worked in the private insurance sector as Occupational Physician and Director of Disability Pensions and Labour Risk Compensations for 15 years. Dr Cuervo's current interest is being a social actor to encourage the building of public policy in work disability prevention in Colombia. She also is interested in health systems research. She is a member of ICOH (Internacional Commission on Occupational Health) and HSG, and the Board of the Colombian Public Health Association.

Taufique Joarder

Taufique Joarder

Champion for the South-East Asia Region

Dr Taufique Joarder MBBS, MPH, DrPH is serving as the Research Director of FHI 360 in Bangladesh. He completed his Doctorate in Public Health from the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has been involved as an Associated Faculty in its Health Systems Program. He has been teaching Health Systems Management, along with other public health courses, as an Adjunct Faculty at the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. He teaches in several short courses on HPSR and is currently in the process of developing a course on leadership and strategic management for health systems strengthening. His doctoral dissertation, titled ‘Understanding and Measuring Responsiveness of Human Resources for Health (HRH) in Rural Bangladesh’, is one of the pioneering studies on HRH responsiveness and performance. His areas of interest include health policy, health systems, human resources for health, medical anthropology, mixed methods research, implementation research, and psychometrics.

Fatou Kebe

Fatou Kebe

Champion for the African Region

Fatou Kebe is a sociologist, holding a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA). She has extensive research and consulting experience and has participated in several evaluation processes. Themes that Fatou has worked on include poverty, food security, youth sexuality, access to health care and systems, and child-focused nutrition and social transfers (NETS). She is co-author of a book on this theme 'Children and Street Children in Dakar' (published by SAMU Social) and also co-author of the scientific article 'Producing Emotionally Sensed Knowledge'. Fatou researches responses to death with colleagues from the University of Reading and Liège. She is a specialist in both qualitative and quantitative surveys with a good command of several quantitative and qualitative data capture and processing software. Fatou has experience with disaster preparedness and response through health process (planning and contingency planning process).

Surendra Kumar Mishra

Surendra Kumar Mishra

Champion for the South-East Asia Region

Dr Surendra Kumar Mishra, with a double post-graduate in social sciences and doctorate in culture studies, has more than 40 years of field experience in social and behavioral sciences research and communication. He served for nearly 20 years in academic institutions and six years in Europe as a Senior Fellow at UNESCO. He has led several civil society initiatives in health Innovation, research and evaluation, funded by major national and international donor agencies for more than two decades in three continents viz. Asia, Africa and Europe. He has authored three books and published over 65 research articles in national and international journals. Until 2009, he was teaching and training the post-graduate students of the Public Health Faculty at Jimma University, Ethiopia. Since 2010, he has been mentoring many civil society organizations and academic institutions in South Asia and East Africa on social determinants of health in achieving the set targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Besides all these, he is engaged in several advocacy activities and policy initiatives at both local and regional levels as well as teaching in Indian universities as a visiting professor.

Tara Tancred

Tara Tancred

Champion for the European Region

Tara is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Senior Research Associate at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She has more than six years of experience working on interventions with the aim of health system strengthening and research capacity strengthening. She has an interest in interventions that aim to increase local capacity to improve the quality of maternal and newborn health, through action at the community, health facility, and district levels. She participated in the 2014 study coordinated by the Teaching and Learning TWG, which mapped HPSR teaching globally. She is keen to find avenues for collaboration across regions for improved teaching and learning of HPSR.

Publications and resources

As the field of health policy and systems research (HPSR) continues to grow, there is a recognition of the need for training in HPSR. This aspiration has translated into a multitude of teaching programmes of variable scope and quality, reflecting a lack of consensus on the skills and practices required for rigorous HPSR. The purpose of this paper is to identify an agreed set of core competencies for HPSR researchers, building on the previous work by the Health Systems Global (HSG) Thematic Working Group on Teaching & Learning.

This report covers the main activities carried out during 2016 by the Teaching and Learning TWG.

An update from the Teaching and Learning TWG dated the fourth quarter 2017.