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Training Methods and Continuing Education for Health Workers

Summer term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
William Brieger

Introduction to Online Learning.


Identifies the role of training and continuing education as an important component of health service and personnel management. Participants are guided through the steps of planning training and continuing education activities for a range of health workers from managers to village volunteers. Draws on real-life examples from community-directed onchocerciasis control, village health worker programs, and patent medicine vendor training programs, to name a few. Participants prepare a training plan that includes needs assessment instruments, procedures for involving the trainees in their own learning, instructional objectives, appropriate learning methods and delivery modes, resource and budget needs, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, and follow-up supervision.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role that training and continuing education play in personnel development and management
  2. Outline the contributions and limits of training in organizational management
  3. Explain the process of recruiting appropriate participants for a training program
  4. Identify and analyze tasks needed by trainees to perform their jobs
  5. Utilize training diagnosis results to choose appropriate content for training programs
  6. Formulate observable and measurable instructional objectives
  7. Link training content with appropriate training methods
  8. Plan training logistics that are convenient for trainees and match available resources
  9. Budget for training activities
  10. Develop a sample training guide
  11. List approaches and resources for distance education
  12. Describe methods for monitoring the process of training implementation
  13. Define the different levels of evaluation for a training program
  14. Describe various tools for evaluating outcomes
Methods of Assessment:

Methods of student evaluation based on; A major project consisting of designing a detailed training plan; Three quizzes; An interactive Discussion Forum exercise

Instructor Consent:

No consent required