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E-learning refers to the use of computer-based electronic technologies of Internet, e-mail, websites and CD-ROMs, and their applications, to deliver, facilitate and enhance both formal and informal learning and knowledge sharing at any time, any place and at any pace.

The Health and Aids program has implemented a strategy of expanding access to knowledge and capacity building efforts by converting parts of its training program into Web-Based courses.  This has the potential to greatly widen the reach of critical content to include audiences that otherwise would not have been covered. For participants taking a Web-Based course means that they do not have to travel, they are away from the office less, and because they are taking the course while they are actually on the job, they can immediately apply what they are learning, thus making this truly “action learning”.

The e-learning philosophy that the team has adopted involves participants in a collaborative setting.  This typically entails participants commenting on each other’s work and collaborating to come up with joint products during most of the courses. This fosters peer-to-peer exchanges of expertise and knowledge which are very powerful. Most courses are facilitated, which means there is a facilitator to guide the exchange, but this individual does not lead the discussion but rather stays in the background. This philosophy is grounded in modern adult learning pedagogic theory, which indicates that adults learn more and retain knowledge for a longer period of time if they are in charge of their own learning rather than being a passive consumer.

The program offers four separate courses with multiple offerings each during the year.  Some of them are also offered in multiple languages. 

Health Outcomes and the Poor (January 13 - February 24, 2010) 
This, our oldest course, has been offered in English 9 times over the last 4 years with great success.  It has now been redesigned and updated with materials from the "Reaching the Poor" project  and several of the modules have undergone major revisions and additions to strenghten the equity component.  The course will be offered only in English at this time.  The course consists of 6 modules and lasts 6 weeks. It requires about 8 to 10 hours of dedicated time every week to complete the course. There is a course fee for this course of $500 per participant.
Strengthening the EssentialsStrengthening the Essential Public Health Functions (27 January 2010 - 02 June 2010) 
This course has been developed together with the Pan-American Health Organization on the basis of the work on the Essential Public Health Functions that this organization has done over the past few years. It is offered in English, with translations into Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese being completed. The course consists of 13 modules which are offered in three tracks of five, four and four modules respectively and the entire course duration is 4 months. It requires about 8 to 10 hours of dedicated time every week during the 13 weeks of the course to complete the course. There is a course fee for this course of $750 per participant.

Gender, HealthGender, Health and Poverty 
This course is based on materials that were developed for a series of Video Conference sessions. We have updated and revised this material to be focused on South Asia, but are working to include examples from other regions of the world. It is offered in English only. The course consists of 6 modules and lasts 6 weeks. It requires about 8 to 10 hours of dedicated time every week to complete the course. There is a course fee for this course of $500 per participant.

Basic Health

Basics of Health Economics (17 February - 24 March, 2010) 
This course is slightly different from the other courses in that there will be only very limited facilitation. The basic nature of the material, and the way it is presented lends itself to a “self-paced” approach. There will be three clusters of modules focusing on (1) why health economics is important, (2) how markets function and what is particular about markets for health services and finally on (3) who pays for what. The participant is taken through this material by way of real-life scenarios which involve a problem that the participant will need to solve by the end of each cluster of modules. The 10 modules require about 2 to 6 hours of dedicated time to complete the course, depending on the prior knowledge of (health) economics.


















Information on all other events, including video-conferences and other such distance learning events, can be found in Learning Events.

Click on the course title you are interested in to find more information (to find latest information about courses are offered next, please go to the Web Based Courses page)


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