Certificate Adolescent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Tuition fee:
  • £ 2,020 / Module (EEA)
  • £ 2,020 / Module (Non-EEA)
Start date: June  2015
Duration full-time: 10 days
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
Entry level: Bachelor

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Course Dates: 8 - 19 June 2015
A short course of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organisation, in collaboration with Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, the Public Health Foundation of India, UNFPA and UNICEF.

Investing in the health and development of adolescents is essential for achieving the millennium development goals, promoting public health and ensuring economic development. Not only do adolescents suffer significant mortality and morbidity, but most adult health problems, from HIV to lung cancer and heart disease, have their roots in attitudes and behaviours that start during the second decade of life.

There is increasing evidence for effective interventions to improve adolescents health and development, and growing consensus about priorities for action, in terms of what needs to be done and how. However, there is an urgent need to develop the capacity to do what needs to be done, particularly in countries where the needs are greatest and the resources most limited.
In 2010 a two-week course in Adolescent Health was developed to help fill this need. The first four courses in 2010 - 2013 were very successful. The fifth course will be run from 9 - 20 June 2014. It will focus primarily on the health sector, whilst recognising that many other sectors need to contribute to the health and development of adolescents. It will have a special emphasis on low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The course will be organized and taught by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the Public Health Foundation of India, UNFPA, and UNICEF.

Aims and objectives
The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge, conceptual frameworks and tools necessary to strengthen health sector policies and programmes for adolescent health and development in LMICs. Specifically, the course will:

* Provide grounding in the epidemiology, evidence-based interventions and strategies for responding to adolescents priority health problems
* Guide participants through the steps necessary for the development and integration of adolescent health interventions into national health
* sector policies, programmes and plans
* Outline key challenges and solutions in developing and implementing interventions for adolescent health in the health sector, including issues of quality, coverage and costs
* Equip participants to critically analyse and improve policies and strategies for adolescent health in the LMICs where they work

Teaching methods and course materials
Faculty for the course will include staff who have extensive expertise in health sector programming for adolescent health and development from the School, WHO, the Obafemi Awolowo University (Ile-Ife, Nigeria), the Public Health Foundation of India, UNICEF and UNFPA, as well as staff from other institutions.

Teaching will be conducted at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and will include lectures, group work, and opportunities for participatory learning. For some sessions, participants will work in groups on a case study related to either India or Nigeria. The course materials, including lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations, key references and other programme support materials, such as the country case studies, will be provided electronically.


Course content * Adolescence and adolescent development
* Theories of risk, vulnerability, resilience and behaviour change
* Epidemiological methods and data specific to adolescent health
* Frameworks for understanding and prioritizing health sector interventions for adolescent health
* Steps to develop and improve health sector policies and plans for adolescent health: situation analysis, surveillance, monitoring, evaluation and adolescent participation
* Approaches to reviewing evidence and carrying out research on adolescent health and development
* Challenges in adolescent health: including sexual and reproductive health, drugs and alcohol, mental health, nutrition, injuries, violence, infectious and non-communicable diseases
* Current focus and priorities of international agencies

Course fee

The fee for 2015 is £2,020. This fee will cover participation in the course and the course materials. It will not include travel costs, accommodation and meals.


The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team, in the Registry, can provide supporting documentation if requested.

Accommodation and meals

A list of hotels and other accommodation located in the vicinity of the School can be supplied on request to the Registry. Lunch can be purchased from the School's Refectory in the Keppel Street building or the cafe on the Tavistock Place building. Evening meals are not catered for at the School, but there is a large choice of restaurants, cafes and shops nearby.


The course has been designed for mid-career professionals who have experience in adolescent health and current responsibilities for health sector interventions in LMICs. This may include health professionals, programme implementers and policy makers, as well as researchers with a specific interest in adolescent health. The course will have a public health rather than a clinical medicine orientation. Applicants should have a good command of English, as all teaching will be in English.


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