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Rebuilding Health Systems - Analysing the challenges in fragile and disrupted states (Online module) (MSc module/Short Course)

Course content

Strengthening Health/Health Systems in Fragile/Conflict-affected states

In countries affected by political and social conflict, particularly protracted crises, health and well-being of displaced and vulnerable populations are at high risk: health systems have deteriorated and emergency assistance provided by humanitarian organisations often constitutes the main source of care. Decisions made in the early post conflict period can often set the long-term direction of development for the health system. Issues and questions around legitimacy, coherence and capacity of new governmental authorities and the changing roles of different actors need to be understood and analysed. Hence the content will critically assess approaches to health and social sector reconstruction in specific contexts.

This module aims to provide participants with an overview of the current challenges and policy debates in local/national/global responses to meeting the health needs of populations affected by or recovering from instablity and conflict. Through critical analysis, accepted theory and practice and alternative approaches. frameworks explored and foundations for good practice identified.

Content includes:


-nature and causes of conflict: political economy of war/globalisation/ethnicity

-international humanitarian system - current issues and trends


-analysing impact of conflict on health and health systems

-assessing impact on livelihoods - coping strategies and resilience


-needs assessment strategies

-coordination, standards, accountability

-gender analysis and planning

-humanitarian priorities in health and basic needs



-key issues in policy and planning

Credit Rating: 15 SCOTCAT/5ECTS

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.

Course dates: 25 February 2019 - 28 March 2019






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Recipient: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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