Adolescent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries

Overview - Adolescent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries

This course provides the knowledge, conceptual frameworks and tools necessary to strengthen health sector policies and programmes for adolescent health and development in low and middle income countries.

Investing in the health and development of adolescents is essential for achieving the millennium development goals, 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, 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 in low and middle income countries. 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.

Course fee

The fee for 2020 is £2,280.00. This fee will cover participation in the course and the course materials. It will not include travel costs, accommodation and meals.

Course objectives
Course objectives - Adolescent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries

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 and development in low and middle income countries. 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 low and middle income countries where they work.

Course content

  • 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), the Public Health Foundation of India, UNICEF and UNFPA, as well as staff from other institutions.

Teaching will be conducted at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and will include lectures, group work, and opportunities for participatory learning. For some sessions, participants will work in groups on a case study related to either India or Nigeria. The course materials, including lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations, key references and other programme support materials, such as the country case studies, will be provided electronically.

Testimonials - Adolescent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries

Comments by Course Participants

“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.

How to apply
How to apply - Adolescent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries

Applying for this course

Please read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.

    Short courses - visas, accommodation, disclaimer


    The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team can provide supporting documentation if requested.

    Accommodation and meals

    A list of hotels located in the vicinity of LSHTM, along with further resources for short term accommodation, can be found on our accommodation pages. Tea and coffee will be provided during breaks. Lunch vouchers for the LSHTM canteen will also be available.

    Evening meals are not catered for at LSHTM, however there is a large choice of restaurants, cafés and shops nearby.

    Important information

    Please note:

    • If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport) and without having obtained the correct visa if required.
    • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
    • LSHTM may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
    • LSHTM cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.