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Decision-Making in Public Health: Evidence, Politics or Diplomacy

May 20 - May 24, 2019

Tuition Fees: General Admission €750, tropEd €500


The course meets for 5 days and pre-reading for a total of 60 hours of SIT: 40 hours contact time and 20 hours self-study time, of which 10 hours are allocated for pre-reading before course start and 5 additional hours for individual assignment after course end.. TropEd students can earn 2 ECTS points.

Entry Requirements

"Decision-Making in Public Health: Evidence, Politics or Diplomacy" is held in English. Course participants should have excellent command/high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English.

Content Overview

This course aims to provide students with the necessary tools to develop and to successfully implement evidence-informed decisions in health.

  • First - the module aims to equip students with the skills to systematically assess and critically appraise existing information (literature, reports, websites, databases - building on simple searches for high level authoritative evidence, or (if this is not available) developing concepts how to establish evidence-informed technical overviews). Students learn to provide evidence for their own managerial decision-making, but also for communicating and translating such evidence into the process of changing and improving policy and practice.
  • Second - With case studies other approaches of decision-making in health, as often applied in practice, such as political or diplomacy-driven approaches will be identified. This aims to raise awareness of students to the different motives of stakeholders in decision-making.
  • Third - strategies for ensuring the use of evidence-informed decisions will be discussed, with a focus on:
  • methods and tools that increase evidence relevance for practice, e.g.: involving decision – makers and communities, using effective communication strategies, action research case studies (current examples are given)
  • Synthesis and presentation of evidence-informed analysis

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Establish and critically discuss evidence-informed concepts and identify different approaches for health policy decisions
  • Develop strategies for evidence-based decision-making and pertinent evidence-informed decisions on a given problem in the field of health, including prioritization of information, critical appraisal and synthesis of information
  • Identify and involve stakeholders influencing health research, policy and practice

Course Fee

  • General Admittance: € 750.-
  • tropEd students: € 500.-

Included in the course fee is a non-refundable registration fee of € 200.-
Please register as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited.
Unfortunately, no Scholarships are available.
If the participant withdraws from the course

  • less than 6 weeks prior: 25 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 4 weeks prior: 50 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 2 weeks prior: the whole course fee will be charged.

The tuition fee does not include accommodation, insurance or other personal living costs during the stay.

Contact Registration

Dirk Reinhardt
Assistant Short Courses Coordinator
Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365, D-69120 Heidelberg
Fon: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 43 12 
Fax: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 49 18

 Short Courses Coordinator/tropEd Coordinator

Nandita Rothermund-Bucher, M.A.
Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365, D-69120 Heidelberg
Fon: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 46 48 
Fax: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 49 18

Course Coordinator

Dr. Olaf Horstick
Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg

Teaching Coordinator

Dr. Pauline Grys

Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Fon: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 50 48