Policy and Practice of Global Child Health

Short courses in Global Health/ tropEd at the Witten/ Herdecke University
14 Tage
Witten Herdecke University

Content overview

  • Evolution of Global Child Health, main actors and global initiatives, burden of disease, epidemiological trends and Goals
  • Key concepts (e.g. life course approach, social and environmental determinants of child health, developmental origins of health and disease, Convention of the Rights of the Child and child health advocacy)
  • Major contributors to child morbidity and mortality across the life course (most, but not all of the examples used in the sessions come from settings with limited resources)
  • Clinical and public interventions to improve child health and well-being (e.g. promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, nurturing care, immunisations, oral rehydration solution and zinc, use of triage systems and emergency care (e.g. ETAT), Integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI)

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Analyse a child health related clinical or public health problem and apply main concepts of Global Child Health
  2. Describe communicable and non-communicable diseases that are major contributors to global morbidity and mortality in new-borns, children and adolescents
  3. Explain key clinical interventions and public health strategies to address these conditions

Target group

Health professionals with at least a Bachelor’s degree (e.g. in nursing, midwifery, medicine, public health), health managers, social scientists, tropEd students 

Teaching and assessment

A mix of interactive lectures and seminars, and more student- driven methods such as supervised and self-directed group work guided by specific questions form the basis of most sessions. Lectures and seminars draw on essential and optional prior reading. In addition, brief presentations of group work results, role-play, a clinic simulation and a debate will promote active learning. Assessment of learning is by a mini-Essay (60%) and a single best answer MCQ (40% of the final mark) at the end of the course.

Prerequisites and facts

The course is in English and excellent command of the language is a requirement.



  • Duration and accreditation: 2 weeks (6th to 17th July 2020), 90 hours, 3 ECTS
  • Place: Witten Herdecke University, Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50, 58448 Witten, Germany
  • Course fee: € 600
  • Course coordinator: Prof Dr Ralf Weigel ralf.weigel@uni-wh.de
  • Course Details


tropEd is an international network of member institutions for higher education in international/global health from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America. tropEd provides postgraduate opportunities for education and training contributing to sustainable development. It focuses on improving the management of health services for disadvantaged populations. The innovative approach rests on mobility of people, the exchange of experiences in different disciplines and the establishment of a common standard in education and training.



  • Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Ralf Weigel

    Professional background:

     Since 10/2017: Friede Springer Endowed Professorship of Global Child Health at Witten/Herdecke University and Honorary appointment as a Paediatrician of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

    10/2010 – 09/2017: Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK and Honorary Consultant at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool

    10/2002 – 09/2010: Integrated Specialist and Clinical Consultant at the Lighthouse Clinic / Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi (Centre for International Migration)

    10/2000 – 09/2002: Scientific Assistant (C1) at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin, HIV Children’s Day Clinic

    10/1992 – 09/2000: Junior Doctor and Research Associate at the Paediatric Clinic of the Charité University Hospital, Berlin and short term medical missions in Maiduguri, Nigeria, and Kolkata, India

    Further professional qualifications:

    2013: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Liverpool

    2012: PhD, “Responding to HIV in Malawi: towards a continuum of care”, Faculty of Medicine, University of Amsterdam

    2004: Masters (MSc) in Infectious Diseases and Postgraduate Diploma, University of London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Registration & Contact

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For any further questions please contact:

Mrs Christiane Boos

Friede Springer endowed professorship for Global Child Health

Tel +49 (0) 2302 926 774

E-Mail: globalchildhealth@uni-wh.de