The role of private health providers, distributors, retailers and other actors in health systems has grown significantly in the past 20 years. Consequently, market forces influence health systems of developing countries more than ever before. Still, many countries are struggling to devise strategies to effectively influence health markets and engage private providers.

Have you felt frustrated by the challenge of influencing health markets through policy? Are you not sure how to effectively include private sector partners in your national health strategy or Global Financing Facility Investment Case?  Do you seek to support policymakers to better understand and establish dialogue with private entities but don’t know how? Are you interested in pursuing public-private partnership such as contracting and other types of PPPs, but are not sure where to start?  Then this course is for you!

This online course is delivered through instructor-led learning, group work and self-study to health policy practitioners working in low- and middle-income countries. It introduces participants to the Managed Markets for Health (MM4H) approach for systematically analyzing the domains within a mixed delivery system, and to formulate and test policies to steer private actors to contribute to sustained health and equity outcomes, with a focus on service delivery and supply chains solutions. See more on The Impetus for the MM4H Course video.  

The course is delivered by experts on private sector health policy with a mix of academic and practical experience. Faculty will guide you through case studies and individual/group exercises that showcase the challenges of implementing policies to bring about changes in a health market. For unreliable internet connections, course material can be downloaded. The course is instructed in English but all material will also be available in French.

The online course will be followed by a face to face workshop for a limited number of countries, where multi-stakeholder teams will be guided to put the learning from online modules to practical use to define private sector engagement best suited to their country context.

Please indicate your interest in the online or face to face components by email to (please note that the online course is a pre-requisite to be considered for participation in the face to face workshop).

*No fees or tuition are required. You should expect to spend about 6-8 hours each week on course work. Following successful completion, you will receive a certificate.


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