Strengthening post-graduate educational capacity for health policy and systems research and analysis: the strategy of the Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa
The last decade or so have seen significant international momentum around the field of health policy and systems research and analysis (HPSR+A).
This paper reports on a situation analysis and inventory of HPSR+A post-graduate teaching conducted among the partners of the Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA). The analysis highlights: (i) the fluid boundaries of HPSR+A and the range and variability of courses in this field; (ii) the important but not exclusive role of schools of public health in teaching; (iii) large variations in courses' required time investments; (iv) diverse student target audiences; (v) the limited availability of distance and non-classroom teaching; (vi) and the continued importance of old-fashioned teaching styles and activities.
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