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Complex interventions in health care with focus on children and adolescents with long-term illness in Ethiopia

Course leaders
Inger Kristensson-Hallström, Professor of Pediatric nursing, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University
Irén Tiberg, Lecturer, PhD, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University
Degu Jerene, MD, Specialist in epidemiology and HIV, School of public health, Addis Ababa University (AAU)
They will be joined by senior local faculty from the School of public health, Addis Ababa University (AAU).

Target group
Master students preparing for entering a PhD program, late PhD or early post-doctoral level faculty working in the schools of public health and nursing at Addis Ababa University (AAU).

Entry requirements
• Employment status: Present a proof of permanent employment at AAU or other participating Universities.

• Commitment: Willing and have a proof to serve in her/his host institute during the entire period of the course.

• Language: Proof of proficiency in English language.

• Gender consideration: Female applicants are highly encouraged.

7,5 hp

The first module of the course starts week 46 with a 5-day intensive workshop, 13-17 November 2017.
The second module is preliminary scheduled for week 9, 2018 and the third module for autumn 2018.


Number of participants

The aim of the course is to increase the knowledge of complex interventions in healthcare with a special focus on research including children and their families.

Contents and format
The course is based on the Medical Research Councils framework for developing, evaluating and implementing complex interventions to improve child and adolescents health in Ethiopia.

The course is structured as a participatory modular course delivered in three modules. In between the modules, there will be on-line support through a website-based consultation at Lund University.

 1. The first module includes a 5-day intensive workshop introducing principles and methodologies of complex interventions in health care settings. During the workshop participants present their first draft of a research plan.

 2. The second module takes place after about four months and the participants are expected to present their refined research plan.

 3. The third module includes examination of a complete research plan for funding, which may take place at Lund University in Sweden (depending on the availability of resources).

The examination assessment will be a funding application including study budget.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

• explain the relationship between the different steps in planning and evaluating complex interventions and with the basis of this understanding be able to reflect on what kind of knowledge that can be obtained and how planning and implementation sets limits

• assess the usefulness of different research methods in relation to the various steps in planning and implementing complex interventions

• analyze their own and others' research in a way that favors the continued dissertation work

• Evaluate and relate to the ethical, clinical and economic aspects that must be taken into account when children and families are involved in complex interventions and research

In addition to the following literature, a selection of relevant literature and scientific articles will be added and announced at the time of the course.

• Richards D A and Rahm Hallberg I. 2015 Complex interventions of health. An overview of research methods. London and New York: Routledge.

For questions about the course, contact

For questions about the application, contact The Deans office, School of Public Health, AAU.