This course provides the knowledge, conceptual frameworks and tools necessary to strengthen health sector policies and programmes for adolescent health and development.
Investing in the health and development of adolescents is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promoting public health and ensuring economic development. Not only do adolescents suffer significant mortality and morbidity, but most adult health problems, from HIV to lung cancer and heart disease, have their roots in attitudes and behaviours that start during the second decade of life.
There is increasing evidence for effective interventions to improve adolescents’ health and development, and growing consensus about priorities for action, in terms of what needs to be done and how. However, there is an urgent need to develop the capacity to do what needs to be done, particularly in countries where the needs are greatest and the resources most limited.
The course is organised and taught by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Institute of Child Health, University of Ibadan, the Public Health Foundation of India, UNFPA, and UNICEF.
Who is this course for?
The course has been designed for mid-career professionals who have experience in adolescent health and current responsibilities for health sector interventions concerning adolescent health. This may include health professionals, programme implementers and policy makers, as well as researchers with a specific interest in adolescent health. The course will have a public health rather than a clinical medicine orientation. Applicants should have a good command of English, as all teaching will be in English.
The fee for 2022 is £1,500. This fee will cover participation in this online course and the course materials.
Aims & objectives
The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge, conceptual frameworks and tools necessary to strengthen health sector policies and programmes for adolescent health. Specifically, the course will:
- Provide grounding in the epidemiology, evidence-based interventions and strategies for responding to adolescents’ priority health problems
- Guide participants through the steps necessary for the development and integration of adolescent health interventions into national health
sector policies, programmes and plans
- Outline key challenges and solutions in developing and implementing interventions for adolescent health in the health sector, including issues of quality, coverage and costs
- Equip participants to critically analyse and improve policies and strategies for adolescent health in the countries where they work.
- Adolescence and adolescent development
- Theories of risk, vulnerability, resilience and behaviour change
- Epidemiological methods and data specific to adolescent health
- Frameworks for understanding and prioritizing health sector interventions for adolescent health
- Steps to develop and improve health sector policies and plans
for adolescent health: situation analysis, surveillance,
monitoring, evaluation and adolescent participation
- Approaches to reviewing evidence and carrying out research on adolescent health and development
- Challenges in adolescent health: including sexual and reproductive health, drugs and alcohol, mental health, nutrition, injuries, violence, infectious and non-communicable diseases
- Current focus and priorities of international agencies
Teaching methods and course materials
Faculty for the course will include staff who have extensive expertise in health sector programming for adolescent health and development from the School, WHO, the Obafemi Awolowo University (Ile-Ife, Nigeria), Institute of Child Health, University of Ibadan, the Public Health Foundation of India, UNICEF and UNFPA, as well as staff from other institutions.
Teaching will be conducted online and will include pre-recorded lectures, live sessions, panel discussions, case studies, and seminars. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a group project task. The course materials, including lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations, and key references will be provided electronically.
Live plenary sessions are expected to be held once a week 11:00-13:00 BST (GMT+1). Participants can attend seminar groups at 10:00-11:00 (GMT+1) or 13:00-14:00 (GMT+1) depending on time zone. The final timing of sessions may vary slightly.
“Taking part in this course is the best way to launch into programming for adolescent health.” Tochie Odele working for UNFPA in Nigeria.
“The course provided the opportunity to explore various theories and concepts related to adolescent health in a very participatory way." Elaine King working for UNICEF in Barbados.
“A very good investment, and I will never forget or regret doing this course. I will recommend this course to colleagues as well as to my ministry.” Hannah Taylor Abdulai, School Health Education Programme, Ghana Education Service.
“If you need to understand or confirm why adolescent health should be defined as a priority then this short course will help achieve this.” Sarah Godfree working for an International NGO based in UK.
“A wonderful experience and a good balance between research findings and their application.” Elsona Agolli working for UNFPA in Albania.
"This course was great! The mix of teaching on concepts and frameworks for thinking about adolescent health, and up-to-date information on evidence-based interventions for adolescent health programming will be extremely useful for my future work." Lissa Kaarto, UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Istanbul, Turkey.
"I had wanted to reach out to adolescents in my community and just didn't know how. Coming to this course gave me a great head start!" Amole Taiwo, Public Health Physician, BUK/AKTH, Nigeria.
"This short course was very participatory with lively discussions." Anadita Philipose, UNESCO Headquarters, France.