Courses

You can search for a course offered by SSPH+ partners by title, topic, and/or location.

  • L’assurance maladie (obligatoire et privée)

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Assureurs intervenants (LAMal)
    • Prestations (LAMal)
    • Condition de remboursement, OPAS, liste des spécialités
    • Condition de remboursement des maladies rares
    • Condition de remboursement de l’hospitalisation à l’étranger
    • L’assurance-maladie privée / Loi sur le contrat d’assurance
    • Exercices
    1. Dates: 19.05.2021 – 21.05.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: G. Longchamp 
    5. Topics: Health Insurance
  • Décision politique en santé

    Construction des politiques de santé au niveau cantonal, national et international. Des interventions d’acteurs politiques aux différents niveaux complèteront les éclairages théoriques.

    1. Dates: 20.05.2021 – 18.06.2021
    2.  Course dates: Thursdays-Fridays
    3. Registration: 11.01.2021
    4. Location: Unisanté, Lausanne
    5. Facilitator: Pierre Stadelmann 
    6. Topics: Health Politics, Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Analyse de survie

    Ce cours présente la problématique de l’analyse statistique de données censurées, lorsque la variable d’intérêt est la durée entre un premier événement (par exemple une opération) et un second événement (par exemple la mort ou la récidive), et que ce second événement n’est pas observé chez tous les patient·e·s de l’échantillon durant le temps de l’étude (il y a des survivant·e·s au terme de l’étude). Ces analyses, en particulier la méthode de Kaplan-Meier, les modèles exponentiels et le modèle de Cox, sont très fréquentes dans les sciences biomédicales. Les méthodes sont illustrées avec le logiciel statistique Stata.
    Introduction à la problématique de l’analyse de survie, méthode de Kaplan-Meier
    Inférence à partir de Kaplan-Meier, test du log-rank, exercices sur papier
    Concept de taux de mortalité, modèle exponentiel, lien entre modèle de Poisson et modèle exponentiel, modèle exponentiel par morceaux, exercices avec Stata
    Modèle de Cox, exercices avec Stata
    Exercices récapitulatifs avec Stata

    1. Dates: 26.05.2021 – 28.05.2021
    2. Registration: 11.01.2021
    3. Location: Unisanté, Lausanne
    4. Facilitator: Valentin Rousson 
    5. Topics: (Bio)Statistics
  • Advanced Methodologies for Clinical Trial

    In evidence based medicine, randomized clinical trials (RCT) is considered as the most scientifically rigorous method of hypothesis testing. RCT is the gold standard trial for evaluating the effectiveness of interventions. However, there is no “one-size-fits-all” when designing an RCT.

    The aim of this workshop is to provide a comprehensive review of various designs of RCT ranging from traditional designs to the state-of-the-art adaptive designs (ADs), including both frequentist and Bayesian approaches.
    Key points will be illustrated through several case studies from presenters experience across the whole development space from early development through to late phase confirmatory studies. A wide range of therapeutic areas will be covered. Frequent practical sessions will be organized to ensure attendees will be able to apply new concepts for their own studies.
    The more advanced part of the course is devoted to adaptive designs, a novel approach to improving the efficiency and flexibility of clinical trials. As well as learning about how to design adaptive trials, practical aspects and interactions with the regulators will also be discussed. Real examples will be used to illustrate how frequentist or Bayesian methods work. A strong emphasis will be placed on learning how to use the R package to implement such methodology in practice.


    Day 1: Methodological Introduction
    Day 2: Bayesian methods in clinical trials
    Day 3: Adaptive designs using R
    Day 4: Adaptive designs using R
    Day 5: Adaptive designs using R

    1. Dates: 01.06.2021 – 30.09.2021
    2.  Dates TBC!
    3. Registration: 15.04.2021
    4. Location: University of Geneva
    5. Facilitator: François Curtin, Stephane Heritier 
    6. Topics: General Scientific Skills, (Bio)Statistics
  • Data Analytics - Modular Course

    Through this modular course of four weeks, data analytics skills are developed with emphasis put in their different dimensions (see detailed descriptions for each course). The statistical software R, a flexible and efficient language that builds a bridge between software development and data analysis, is the main support for the acquisition of the relevant data analytics skills. Depending on the student background, each week can be taken independently of the other, although for those with little experience, it is recommended to follow the proposed order.

    This course is a modular Course:
    • Module 1 Computing with R (2 weeks)
    • Module 2 Statistical and Machine Learning for Big Data (1 week)
    • Module 3 Time-Based Analytics (1 week)
    1. Dates: 01.06.2021 – 30.09.2021
    2.  Dates TBC!
    3. Registration: 15.04.2021
    4. Location: University of Geneva
    5. Facilitator: Matthew Beckman, Si Konda 
    6. Topics: (Bio)Statistics, Epidemiology
  • Global and Regional Migration Governance

    • Learn about migration governance from leading international organizations and experts
    • Gain an interdisciplinary perspective
    • Network with experts working in the field
    • Visit the leading organizations in international Geneva
    • Learn about regional migration initiatives


    At the end of this course, participants will have a profound understanding of the state of play of international (regional and global) migration policy, politics and law today and will have established a network of contacts with academics and practitioners working in the field. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge.

    1. Dates: 01.06.2021 – 30.09.2021
    2.  Dates TBC!
    3. Registration: 15.04.2021
    4. Location: University of Geneva
    5. Facilitator: Sandra Lavenex 
    6. Topics: Global / International Health
  • Policy Evaluation

    Does welfare spending reduce poverty? Does the minimum wage destroy jobs? Does trade liberalisation increase inequality? Does development aid really help poor countries? Do longer sentences reduce crime? Policy makers around the globe are confronted with these questions on a daily basis and effective policy interventions can only be designed with good answers.

    Measuring and understanding the effect of policies is now more important than ever in any field, from development to labour, from finance to education and beyond. The Geneva Summer School in “Policy Evaluation” offers students a comprehensive understanding of the most advanced techniques of policy evaluation through a powerful combination of theoretical classes and applied examples.

    1. Dates: 01.06.2021 – 30.09.2021
    2.  Dates TBC!
    3. Registration: 15.04.2021
    4. Location: University of Geneva
    5. Facilitator: Stefan Sperlich 
    6. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Prejudice, discrimination, and the diversity challenge

    At the end of this summer school, the participants will be able to:

    • define the basic concepts and theories about stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and diversity from the perspectives of different disciplines (social psychology as well as economy, law, social work, gender studies etc).
    • use this theoretical framework to critically analyze societal and social phenomenon involving ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and unemployment etc
    • identify policies to prevent and reduce prejudice and discrimination in different settings (the workplace, university) and assess potential transfer of these policies to their own context
    • prepare and deliver a presentation about a specific form of stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination taking into their own cultural, professional, and educational background.
    1. Dates: 01.06.2021 – 30.09.2021
    2.  Dates TBC!
    3. Registration: 15.04.2020
    4. Location: University of Geneva
    5. Facilitator: Klea Faniko, Olivier Desrichard 
    6. Topics: Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Study Design and Research

    How to design and conduct research without sex/gender bias: This module aims at identifying, understanding and minimizing sex/gender bias in the different research phases, including research design, population choice and sampling, data collection, data analysis, results interpretation, and recommendations drafting for clinical practice.
    Further, to understand and act on sex and gender inequalities in clinical practice and health research, it is essential to have data that correctly reflect factors and pathways that induce differences. Is biology driving inequalities? Or social factors? How can we detangle the effects of sex on health, of gender on health, or of both sex and gender combined?

    1. Dates: 02.06.2021 – 03.06.2021
    2. Registration: 30.04.2021
    3. Location: University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Joel Schwartz, Ineke Klinge 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills
  • Analyse comparative et performance des systèmes de santé

    Présentation des différentes formes des systèmes de santé ainsi que des méthodes et des instruments pour comparer leur performance.

    1. Dates: 03.06.2021 – 17.06.2021
    2.  Course dates: Thursdays-Fridays
    3. Registration: 11.01.2021
    4. Location: Unisanté, Lausanne
    5. Facilitator: Carlo de Pietro 
    6. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Disaster management

    Practical interdisciplinary disaster management. Students will learn and practice controlling and managing mid- to large-scale industrial accidents in collaboration with external partners.


    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
    • Select and properly use the suitable PPE
    • Select, mobilize and cooperate with external partners, e.g. fire brigade troops, rescue troops, police, state government
    • Evaluate personal contamination and perform decontamination
    • Manage contagious lab spills
    1. Dates: 07.06.2021 – 10.06.2021
    2. Registration: 19.04.2021
    3. Location:
    4. Facilitator: Sven Hoffmann, Tom Hofmann 
    5. Topics: Occupational Health, Hygiene, and Medicine
  • Sciences sociales et économiques, droit/éthique

    • Utiliser les méthodologies des sciences sociales pour récolter et interpréter des données
    • Intégrer les dimensions socio-culturelles dans l’analyse des questions de santé
    • Analyser les fonctionnements des systèmes de santé (économie, management)
    • Identifier et analyser les enjeux éthiques et du droit dans la santé publique
    1. Dates: 07.06.2021 – 11.06.2021
    2. Registration: 14.09.2020
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: Social and Behavioural Sciences, Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Life Course Epidemiology and Public Health

    Population health is shaped by a complex set of determinants occurring throughout the life course. Life Course Epidemiology (LCE) aims to causally link exposures across the life course to long-term health outcomes via longitudinal studies. LCE investigates the dynamic of exposures at different periods of life (from conception to old ages), at various levels (social, environmental, behavioural, and biological) and historical periods (birth cohorts), and how these exposures influence population health.
    For this course, we focus on LCE in public health whereby unravelling the complex origins of disease and health aims at informing preventive strategies. Life course epidemiology informs public health interventions via i) identification of windows of opportunity (life periods), ii) identification of target exposures and iii) assessment of potential intervention strategies.

    1. Dates: 07.06.2021 – 09.06.2021
    2. Registration: 07.05.2021
    3. Location: University of Fribourg
    4. Facilitator: Cristian Carmeli, Arnaud Chiolero 
    5. Topics: Epidemiology, Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Recherche sur les services de santé : évaluation et implémentation

    Ce module a pour but d’introduire les participant·e·s aux enjeux et spécificité de la recherche évaluative et d’implémentation. Un mélange de cours, d’exercices et lectures, ainsi que d’exemples concrets du terrain permettra d’enseigner les différents aspects et concepts décrits. Ceci sera favorisé par l’interdisciplinarité et l’interprofessionnalité des intervenant·e·s du module. Il s’adresse aux professionnel·le·s de santé, chercheurs et chercheuses, décideur·se·s , toute personne intéressée par/impliquée dans la recherche évaluative et d’implémentation.
    Thématiques abordées
    Types d’étude en recherche sur les services de santé
    Types et méthodes d’évaluations
    Modèles logiques et théories de programme
    Interventions complexes: définition et spécificités de leurs évaluations
    Méthodes mixtes, un outil d’évaluation
    Données de routine et données reportées par les patients (PROMs, PREMs)
    Concepts et cadres conceptuels d’implémentation
    Etudes hybrides efficacité-implémentation
    Participation & implication du patient et des différents acteurs de santé – Evidence-based policy-making

    1. Dates: 09.06.2021 – 11.06.2021
    2. Registration: 11.01.2021
    3. Location: Unisanté, Lausanne
    4. Facilitator: Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux, Marie-Annick Le Pogam 
    5. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Biosafety

    This course is equivalent to the official Biosafety level I course.

    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
    • Work as a biosafety officer on level I
    • Instruct lab workers on biosafety issues
    • Manage contagious waste
    • Manage contagious lab spills

    1. Dates: 11.06.2021 – 11.06.2021
    2. Registration: 09.05.2021
    3. Location: Institut für Virologie und Immunologie (IVI), University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Sven Hoffmann 
    5. Topics: Occupational Health, Hygiene, and Medicine
  • Risikobeurteilung und Risikohandling, Underwriting, Risk-Management, Longevity

    Zur Versicherungsmedizin gehört die Erarbeitung von Grundlagen und die Einzelfallbeurteilungen, wie vorbestehende
    Gesundheitsrisiken in einer privaten (Zusatz-) Versicherung versicherbar sein können und wie mit Grossrisiken umzugehen ist. Im Fokus des Moduls stehen einerseits die individuelle Risikoabschätzung und Risikohandhabung für Krankheit, Invalidität und Tod. Die Teilnehmenden lernen die Versicherungsprodukte in der privaten Personenversicherung, die in der Praxis angewendeten Tools und Unterlagen, sowie deren medizinische Grundlagen und die rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen kennen und anhand praktischer Fallübungen anwenden. Das Thema der Langlebigkeit wird mathematisch beleuchtet und in den Kontext gestellt. Ziel ist, dass die Teilnehmenden in der Lage sind, selber Risikoeinschätzungen vorzunehmen, die rechtliche Korrektheit des Umgangs mit der Risikoeinschätzung beurteilen zu können, Produkte mitentwickeln und Konzepte im Umgang mit Grossrisiken mitgestalten zu können.


    Themen
    • Prinzipien der individuellen Risikoprüfung
    • Tarifierungsrichtlinien, Evidence-based Rating
    • Risk Management
    • Rechtlicher Rahmen der Risikoprüfung, Diskriminierungsverbot
    • Longevity
    • Medizin aus versicherungsmedizinischer Perspektive: Diabetes, HIV
    1. Dates: 14.06.2021 – 18.06.2021
    2. Registration: 30.06.2019
    3. Location: Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel
    4. Facilitator: Herbert Lüthy, Kurt Pärli 
    5. Topics: Social Security, Health and Accident Insurance
  • Global Health, Drugs, Policy and Power

    The main objectives of the Summer School are for students to:

    • acquire a strong understanding of the major health and human rights issues related to drug use and drug policy;
    • become familiar with and gain insight into the functioning and implications of international drug control regime and its intersection with public health and human rights ;
    • understand the historical, sociological and policy perspective of three major present day drug issues: opiates overdose epidemics; cannabis and tobacco.
    • understand the power dynamics of how various substances are dealt with in our societies; and explore solutions for better governance.
    1. Dates: 21.06.2021 – 25.06.2021
    2.  Dates TBC!
    3. Registration: 15.04.2021
    4. Location: University of Geneva
    5. Facilitator: Jennifer Hasselgard-Rowe, Barbara Broers 
    6. Topics: Global / International Health, Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Children at the Heart of Human Rights

    The Summer School ‘Children at the Heart of Human Rights’ is a unique opportunity for students and young professionals to engage with leading experts in a dynamic scientific interdisciplinary environment. It is the perfect academic and professional preparation experience for those students interested in children’s rights and international human rights organizations.

    The course is shaped to bring out the best of current issues in the international debate on children’s rights studies and policies. It will examine these issues with an interdisciplinary perspective and investigate different international legal instruments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights treaties and standard-setting instruments. This programme is characterized by a deep dive into the following :
    • the interplay between theory and practice in the field of children's rights,
    • the international perspective promoted by the lecturers from different regions of the world,
    1. Dates: 21.06.2021 – 02.07.2021
    2. Registration: 30.04.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Philip D. Jaffé, Jean Zermatten 
    5. Topics: Global / International Health
  • Digital Law

    Topics that will be covered include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, big data, digital privacy and online surveillance, free speech, consumer protection, legal issues of social media, Internet and telecom infrastructure, data protection, intellectual property, antitrust, and much more...
    This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the framework of a Digital law clinic and to discuss cutting edge Digital law and policy issues with academics (including researchers participating in the Digital Law Research Colloquium), practitioners, representatives of global policy makers, international organizations and leading institutions, including the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP).

    1. Dates: 21.06.2021 – 02.07.2021
    2. Registration: 30.04.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Jacques de Werra, Yaniv Benhamou 
    5. Topics: Health Law and Regulations
  • International Cultural Heritage Law

    The summer school aims to develop the students’ awareness and general understanding of the main substantive themes of international cultural heritage law, namely: the trade in cultural objects; the restitution of stolen or looted artworks; the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict.
    The lecturers will examine the legal instruments adopted by UNESCO and other international organizations, such as the ‘Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict’, the ‘Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property’, and the ‘Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage’.
    In order to offer an up-to-date glance at international cultural heritage law, the lecturers will describe its complex relationship with other fields of law – namely general international law and human rights law – and with the issue of dispute settlement. Moreover, the lecturers will provide an overview of the different ideological positions of the relevant stakeholders and of the risks and liabilities in the art trade.

    1. Dates: 21.06.2021 – 02.07.2021
    2. Registration: 30.04.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Marc-André Renold, Alessandro Chechi 
    5. Topics: Health Law and Regulations
  • Writing a Journal Article… and Getting it Published

    PhD students, like any other researchers, are required to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals. Many students (and other researchers) consider this a difficult, or even the most difficult part of the research process. Understanding the changing landscape of journals and publishing is important. This course concentrates on the processes of writing and getting published, using students’ actual research studies.

    The goal of this course is simple: to enable PhD students to get their articles written and sent off to a journal.

    1. Dates: 23.06.2021 – 25.06.2021
    2. Registration: 23.05.2021
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Claudia Kühni 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills
  • Régression logistique

    L’analyse de régression logistique est plus complexe que celle de régression linéaire, car le modèle logistique est non-linéaire et la variable dépendante n’est pas quantitative mais qualitative. Ce module permet de bien comprendre les différences fondamentales en démontrant le parallèle entre l’analyse de régression linéaire et celle de régression logistique.
    Thématiques abordées
    Principes de l’analyse de régression
    Concepts fondamentaux de la modélisation des variables qualitatives dichotomiques
    Formulation mathématique du modèle et son estimation, ainsi que les différentes procédures de tests
    Interprétation des coefficients de régression (sur l’échelle logit)
    Calcul des mesures de risque les plus utilisées en épidémiologie (Odds Ratio, Risque Relatif, différence de risque, etc.)
    Calcul du risque associé aux différentes covariables
    Stratégie de modélisation, analyse des résidus et évaluation de la qualité de l’ajustement du modèle aux données

    1. Dates: 23.06.2021 – 25.06.2021
    2. Registration: 11.01.2021
    3. Location: Unisanté, Lausanne
    4. Facilitator: Patrick Taffé 
    5. Topics: (Bio)Statistics
  • Prestataires de soins dans l’assurance- maladie

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Institutions
    • Professionnels de la santé
    1. Dates: 24.06.2021 – 24.06.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: Damian König 
    5. Topics: Health Insurance, Administration Health Institutions
  • Financement et planification des soins

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Financement des soins
    • Planification hospitalière
    • Réseaux de soin
    1. Dates: 25.06.2021 – 25.06.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: Patricia Albisetti, Adrien Bron 
    5. Topics: Administration Health Institutions, Health Services Administration
  • L’assurance-accidents

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • La prise en charge des soins dans l’assurance-accidents
    • L’assurance-accidents / Evaluation médicale
    1. Dates: 26.06.2021 – 26.06.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: A.S. Dupont, P.A Buchard 
    5. Topics: Accident insurance
  • Science Communication in the Post-COVID19 Era

    This course is meant to bring awareness and perspectives towards the shifting paradigms related to the global events that we are living in. We want to provide an exhausting overview of the pillars that we believe ought be the foundation of a correct and meaningful science communication.
    MODULE 1 – Build an online community to foster science education
    MODULE 2 – Navigating fake news and alternative facts
    MODULE 3 – Risk communication and community engagement
    MODULE 4 – Science communication writing

    1. Dates: 27.06.2021 – 01.07.2021
    2. Registration: 30.04.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Christoph Renner, Massimo Caine 
    5. Topics: Communication in Public Health, Transferable Skills
  • International Law & International Humanitarian Law

    This course is made for students who are intrigued by international law or marvel at its day-to-day interactions with international politics, affairs and business. This is the opportunity for such students to get a crash course to introduce them to this fast moving, intellectually thrilling and profoundly humane field of the law. The course is shaped so as to bring out the best of current issues in international law, while remaining accessible to non-specialists and seeking to broach the main principles of “International Law 101”, so as to allow enthusiasts to go further.

    At the end of this course, participants will have a general understanding of some of the cutting-edge issues in international law today. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge.

    1. Dates: 28.06.2021 – 16.07.2021
    2. Registration: 30.04.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Makane Mbengue, Thomas Schultz 
    5. Topics: Health Law and Regulations
  • Intellectual Property (WIPO - UNIGE)

    The objective of the Summer School is to provide an opportunity for advanced students or young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of Intellectual Property (IP), and to gain an appreciation of IP as a tool for economic, social, cultural and technological development and the role WIPO plays in the global administration of IP.
    The Summer School program covers all main areas of IP (namely, patent law, trademarks, designs and copyright) through a pragmatic, interactive approach. Lecturers are IP experts at WIPO, the University of Geneva, or other institutions.

    1. Dates: 28.06.2021 – 09.07.2021
    2. Registration: 31.03.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva; WIPO
    4. Facilitator: Jacques de Werra, Irene Calboli 
    5. Topics: Health Law and Regulations
  • Foresight and Digital Technologies

    Foresight is based on the assumption that the future is still in the making, and that we can contribute to its creation. An increasing number of organizations and governments apply foresight methods to identify weak signals and capitalize on the opportunities they portend, as well as prepare contingency plans for adverse scenarios. Foresight also presumes the participation of a number of stakeholders with different views and perspectives. This is our approach to exploring the future of global governance from the perspective of digital technologies.
    Today, digital technologies constitute one of the strongest transformational forces on the international stage. Internet, social media platforms, artificial intelligence, and blockchain to name only few have unleashed powerful forces that shape and reshape local, national, and international life. Digital technologies change the way individuals, communities, and societies interact with one other. They affect the performance of information-based activities and offer new modes of information flows, of interactions between people and organizations.
    This Summer School will give you the tools and methods to envision the future, and contribute to co-creating it in a group. You will also gain insights on digital technologies and their impact of the international stage.

    1. Dates: 28.06.2021 – 09.07.2021
    2. Registration: 30.04.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Jérôme Duberry 
    5. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management, Global / International Health
  • Sustainability Transitions & Resilience: Design, Diplomacy and Data

    • Boost your sustainability and resilience skillset with a 10-days intensive experience while learning about city-wide as well as national and international dynamics of change, response mechanisms and policy frameworks based on ongoing projects and best practices in Switzerland and beyond.
    • Understand multiple interactions between various stakeholders (Municipalities and local governments, National governments, International Organisations) in developing new solutions within a 2021 Post-Pandemic Recovery Scenario.
    • Understand the role of infrastructures (Grey and Green Infrastructures ) and new strategies such as Nature-Based Solutions to meet sustainability goals while reinforcing societal and systemic resilience.
    • Learn cutting-edge solutions for designing, implementing and monitoring sustainability transitions at the Local / City, National and International Level
    • Improve or bootstrap your sustainability data management skills from collection to disclosure.
    • Enjoy focused knowledge packages provided by guest experts from UN and non UN International Organisation, State and City of Geneva
    • Network with International Organisations, professionals and experts.
    1. Dates: 28.06.2021 – 09.07.2021
    2. Registration: 30.04.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Matteo Tarantino, Alexandre Hedjazi 
    5. Topics: Transferable Skills, Global / International Health
  • Oncology

    • Rationale for considering gender in cancer prevention and treatment
    • Sex chromosomes and their impact on cancer susceptibility
    • Impact of sex on systemic determinants of cancer development
    • Clinical implications of sex and gender differences in cancer
    1. Dates: 28.06.2021 – 29.06.2021
    2. Registration: 20.05.2021
    3. Location: University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Paolo Dotto, Berna Özdemir 
    5. Topics: Biomedical Sciences
  • Cost Effectiveness Modeling for HTA

    The course will introduce the concepts of health technology assessment (HTA) and economic evaluations in health covering the history of their development and rationale for their use. The use of HTA for policymaking and reimbursement will be covered and we will discuss alternative frameworks for economic evaluation. A focus will be placed on cost-utility analyses and cover both trial-based and model-based analyses, including decision tree and Markov models. The outputs of economic evaluations will be discussed and we will cover the importance of uncertainty and how to assess this in sensitivity analyses. There will be hands-on exercises through-out the course to enable students to try out modeling in Excel and to generate results. Finally, the course will also cover emerging fields in HTA such as the use of real-world evidence and key debates such as: should we include spillover effects in economic evaluations? how much should we be willing to pay for health gain (and how should we determine this)?

    1. Dates: 28.06.2021 – 02.07.2021
    2. Location: University of Luzern
    3. Facilitator: David Meads, Peter Hall 
    4. Topics: Health Economics
  • Introduction into multilevel modelling of clustered data

    Real data are often clustered such as repeated measurements on the same subject or measurements in grouped subjects (e.g. family or school studies). Failure to allow for clustering results in erroneous standard errors and confidence intervals. The aim of the course is to provide participants with an under-standing of the basic concepts and general techniques in the analysis of clustered data. Valid analysis methods appropriate for clustered data will be introduced. The course software will be Stata. Main concepts to be covered include: clustering, random intercept, random slope, linear and logistic random-effects models (multilevel models, mixed models, hierarchical models), robust standard errors, generalized estimating equations (GEE), modelling strategy, model diagnostics.

    Objectives: By the end of the course participants will be able to define the appropriate analysis method for a clustered data set. Participants will be able to perform and evaluate own analyses of clustered data.

    1. Dates: 30.06.2021 – 02.07.2021
    2. Registration: 30.05.2021
    3. Location: University of Basel
    4. Facilitator: Martin Röösli 
    5. Topics: Epidemiology, Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative: Innovating for a Sustainable Post-Pandemic World : Open Seventeen (O17) Summer Challenge by the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative

    Students will work in teams under the guidance of mentors from UNIGE and International Organizations.

    1. Dates: 05.07.2021 – 30.07.2021
    2. Location:
    3. Facilitator:  
    4. Topics: Global / International Health
  • Applied Bayesian Statistics in Medical Research

    The Bayesian approach to medical research offers a powerful framework allowing for the incorporation of externally available information. Although Bayesian statistics is sometimes perceived and discussed as controversial, this course is not about controversies, but about pragmatic ways of integrating available information in a coherent way in analyses of epidemiological and clinical studies. The course builds on applied problems and exercises. It is aimed at epidemiologists, statisticians and others who wish to use Bayesian approaches. Participants should have a good understanding of basic statistical and epidemiological principles and be able to interpret parameters and results from standard data analyses.

    Objectives:

    • To understand the role of Bayesian statistics in clinical research and health-care evaluation.
    • To introduce computational tools for Bayesian analysis.
    • To highlight challenges and dangers of naïve use of Bayesian methods.
    • To provide the basis for a unified statistical approach that allows approaching problems of analysis and design in a structured way.
    1. Dates: 06.07.2021 – 08.07.2021
    2. Registration: 06.06.2021
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), Bern
    4. Facilitator: Marcel Zwahlen, Simon Wandel 
    5. Topics: Epidemiology, (Bio)Statistics
  • Observational epidemiology workshop: advanced methods for data and exposure-response analyses

    This workshop will introduce innovative methods for exposure-response analyses in observational epidemiological research. The following topics will be covered:

    • regression analyses with generalized linear models (glm)
    • use of smoothing and splines in generalized additive models (gam)
    • Poisson time series analysis
    • quantile regression

    During the workshop we will discuss research questions and analytical problems of the students’ datasets. In that way we will deal with common issues in epidemiological data analysis and provide analytic solutions for dealing with complex issues like selection bias, control for confounding, clustering of data, complex data distributions. etc.

    1. Dates: 12.07.2021 – 16.07.2021
    2. Registration: 12.06.2021
    3. Location: Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel; University of Basel
    4. Facilitator: Joel Schwartz, Martin Röösli 
    5. Topics: Epidemiology
  • Experimental Health Economics

    The experimental method has become an important tool for research in health economics. The course introduces the method of experimental economics and then focuses on three selected topics, which are at the core of current research in experimental health economics (i.e., individual decision-making, bargaining, and competition). For each topic, the lecture gives an overview of major findings that have been obtained through laboratory experiments. With the help of presentations, more de-tailed aspects of experimental health economics will be discussed. Participants should be familiar with game theory at least at a basic level.

    Objectives:

    • To give students an understanding of the experimental method
    • To make students competent in applying this method in health economics
    • To motivate students to conduct their own research in the field of experimental health economics
    1. Dates: 01.08.2021 – 31.08.2021
    2.  No exact dates available yet!
    3. Location: Basel
    4. Facilitator: Jeannette Brosig-Koch 
    5. Topics: Health Economics
  • Panel data and non-linear models

    This course introduces participants to methodological tools for conducting empirical analysis with panel data observations. Panel data consist of repeated observations over time for a group of individuals. This observational structure characterizes many empirical studies in social sciences, e.g. when data on individual workers in the labor market are collected across time, or health surveys are conducted in a population, and in many other fields where statistical analysis with individual-level data is used. In addition to continuous data, many applications involve observations in the form of binary or polytomous data (discrete choices), counts and duration data. The course will therefore cover the necessary tools for analyzing those data types in a panel framework. At the end of the workshop the participants would know how to (1) specify a suitable model for investigating the problem under study; (2) compare the theoretical model with empirical observations; and (3) draw proper conclusions based on the results. The workshop will address the key issues of unobserved individuals’ heterogeneity (with either fixed, or random effects), endogeneity, dynamic models, sample selection, and nonlinear modeling, e.g. when the outcome variable is dichotomous and represents a discrete choice of the individuals. Among the workshop objectives is the discussion of a series of empirical studies conducted with panel data, notably in the field of labor and health economics. Finally, part of the workshop is devoted to offering participants the possibility to discuss their research work related to the topics of this course, and econometric analysis in general, with the instructor and the class.

    1. Dates: 16.08.2021 – 20.08.2021
    2. Location: Lugano
    3. Facilitator: Patrick Gagliardini 
    4. Topics: Health Economics, General Scientific Skills
  • Social media in global health: potentialities, risks, and new developments

    Social media use is an ever-increasing phenomenon that impacts and transforms global and public health, bringing about unprecedented opportunities and significant risks. This course will begin by illustrating the underlying principles that make social media powerful and perilous at the same time. It will then provide an overview of the uses of social media in global health and will look at the evidence, examples and characteristics of successful social media campaigns. In another part, the dangers of social media, such as the proliferation of “fake news”, will be highlighted and measures to ameliorate negative consequences will be discussed. Finally, current advancements, especially the integration of conversational artificial intelligence in social media and its use in health care settings will be introduced.

    Learning objectives: Participants will be able to:
    • Describe the underlying mechanisms that make social media “persuasive” and powerful;
    • Characterize and differentiate the ways in which social media are used in the context of public health;
    • Outline the evidence that underpins these practices;
    • Describe the risks and challenges linked to social media use;
    • Illustrate different forms and opportunities of embedding conversational AI in social mobile media channels.
    1. Dates: 16.08.2021 – 18.08.2021
    2.  Course dates: 16 + 18 August 2021
    3. Registration: 02.08.2021
    4. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    5. Facilitator: Christoph Pimmer 
    6. Topics: Communication in Public Health
  • Basic Biostatistics

    In this module you learn how to transparently describe data that was collected for a given study. In addition you learn how to make inferences and draw conclusions that go beyond the current data set and make statements about the underlying population of interest. Furthermore, the information in the data set has to be condensed and presented in an understandable fashion.

    Objectives: Quantities of descriptive statistics and the fundamentals of statistical inference
    − Uncertainty due to randomness
    − 95% confidence intervals
    − Calculating and transforming probability statements
    − The interpretation of a p-value

    1. Dates: 19.08.2021 – 31.08.2021
    2.  Course dates: 19 - 20 August 2021 and 30 - 31 August 2021.
    3. Registration: 19.06.2021
    4. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    5. Facilitator: Marcel Zwahlen 
    6. Topics: Epidemiology, (Bio)Statistics
  • Führung und Kommunikation, Management/Selbstmanagement, Verantwortlichkeiten

    Dieser Praxistransferworkshop fokussiert primär auf die Selbstkompetenz und Kommunikationsfähigkeit der Teilnehmenden in Situationen mit vielen Beteiligten mit unterschiedlichen Aufgaben und Funktionen und unterschiedlichen Hintergründen. Themen können sein: Arzt - Patient; Case Managerin – behandelnde Therapeuten; Versicherung – Patientenanwalt; Mediziner – Jurist; Arzt – Explorand uam. Ebenso wird wichtiges Handwerk für Führung und Management, insbesondere auch zu Selbstmanagement und Umgang mit Wandel, vermittelt. Persönliche Zielentwicklung, Selbstreflexion, persönliche Weiterentwicklung und Selbstorganisation werden reflektiert und eigenständig bearbeitet. Flankierend werden im Modul ökonomische/finanzielle, ethische und rechtliche Verantwortlichkeiten behandelt.


    Themen
    • Führung: sich selbst führen, andere führen, sich führen lassen
    • Selbstmanagement, Changemanagement
    • Kommunikation an Schnittstellen
    • Konfliktmanagement
    • Corporate Governance
    • Wirtschaftsethik
    • Finanzdaten lesen
    1. Dates: 23.08.2021 – 27.08.2021
    2. Registration: 30.06.2019
    3. Location: Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel
    4. Facilitator: Stephan Fuhrer, Stefan Grotefeld 
    5. Topics: Transferable Skills, Social Security, Health and Accident Insurance
  • Medical decision making - A health economic perspective

    In this course, we present the theory of medical decision making from a health economics perspective. In the first part of the course, the focus is on prescriptive theory. We combine informative test theory with the expected utility hypothesis to derive thresholds for treatment decision under diagnostic and therapeutic risk. Furthermore, the cost of treatment is incorporated in the analysis. In the second part, principle-agent models will be presented which are concerned with the implementation of optimal medical decision making in the presence of asymmetric information. The focus is on financial incentives which give proper incentives to use diagnostic tests and to provide adequate treatment.

    1. Dates: 23.08.2021 – 27.08.2021
    2. Location: University of Basel
    3. Facilitator: Stefan Felder, Mathias Kifmann 
    4. Topics: Health Economics
  • Is Breathing killing us? Tackling Air Pollution using science for policies to protect health.

    Ambient air pollution is a leading cause of morbidities and premature death. This online course provides basic insights into the measurement, modelling and monitoring of exposure to air pollution, it’s health effects and the overall impact and costs for public health. Clean air policy solutions will be introduced with success stories, “low hanging fruits” and global challenges for the implementation of these policies. Students will explore global examples of policy approaches and strength and limitations in their own countries. In online break-out groups students will work hands-on on real live challenges to adopt clean air policy.

    Objectives:

    By the end of the online course participants will understand properties and sources of ambient air pollution, its health effects, and the link of these effects with the burden of disease locally, regionally and globally. Students will train and discuss how research can be linked to policy making to improve air quality and public health.

    1. Dates: 23.08.2021 – 25.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Nino Künzli 
    5. Topics: Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Strategic Project Management

    The course will be an introduction on Project Cycle Management and the Logical Framework Approach. Besides Theoretical inputs participants will work in small groups on a provided case study and will develop a first draft of a health-related project. Facilitators will coach the students during this process.
    Pre-recorded sessions will be made available always prior to a course day, so that the online time is reserved for in-depth discussions and feedback.


    Objectives: At the end of the course participants will:
    • Know about the basic principles of project cycle management (PCM) and strategic project management.
    • Have the first experiences with the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) and its utilization for writing a project proposal
    1. Dates: 23.08.2021 – 25.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Axel Hoffmann, Bernadette Peterhans 
    5. Topics: Transferable Skills
  • Community-based participatory methods in public health

    This course aims to provide participants with knowledge about the key principles, methods, concepts and techniques of community-based participatory methods and the practical application of CBPM in the context of public health. Participants will learn how CBPM can be applied in the design, implementation and evaluation of public health programmes (i.e. health promotion, prevention of disease and management of chronic illness). It will also facilitate a space of reflection to examine how CBPM can be used to support the response to the Covid-19 pandemic including vaccination efforts and interventions to tackle health inequalities.


    Objectives: At the end of the course participants will be able to:
    • Understand why and for which purposes community-based participatory methods are useful;
    • Understand key concepts, methods, and applications of community-based participatory methods;
    • Understand how to apply community-based participatory methods in health programmes;
    • Understand which participatory methods are appropriate for community-based interventions;
    • Be able to critically assess the strengths and limitations of community-based participatory methods in public health.
    1. Dates: 23.08.2021 – 25.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Maria Amalia Pesantes, Nadina Luca 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills
  • Applied Digital Health for Health Systems strengthening Foundations in Digital Health and Clinical Decision Support Systems

    Digital Health (the application of information and communication technology to health) has now a major role in strengthening health systems around the world, including in low and middle income countries. Governments, NGOs and donors are increasingly resorting to digital health interventions to improve access and quality of health information, enhance healthcare processes, achieve better quality of care and improve patient outcomes.

    Learning objectives:
    Understand the implications, constraints and opportunities in the application of digital health in a health system
    Be able to influence and steer eHealth initiatives for maximal results
    Be aware of international best practices and success factors in digital health
    Clinical Decision Support systems as means of strengthening primary care workforce and enhancing the quality of care.
    Have the essential knowledge required to take managerial decisions related to digital health

    1. Dates: 23.08.2021 – 25.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Martin Raab 
    5. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • NCD control in a global health perspective: Public health and systems strengthening approaches

    The course addresses public health strategies to curb NCDs, and changes needed in the health care system, with regards to the most cost-effective, affordable and scalable interventions (“best buys”) and health service strengthening approaches. The respective contributions of multisectoral public health interventions vs. changes needed within the health care system are identified and discussed. The focus is on discussing, exposing and contrasting the respective contributions of public health interventions targeting the whole population (relying largely on non-health actors) and measures to strengthen the health system (involving mainly health care actors and focusing on individuals at risk) toward NCD prevention and control.


    Objectives: At the end of the course participants will:
    • Know effective, efficient, equitable and sustainable approaches for NCD prevention and control, with a focus on middle- and low-income countries.
    • Be aware of major cost-effective and affordable public health interventions for the prevention and control of NCDs and relate them with multisectoral interventions and health system strengthening.
    • Be aware of the critical elements and successful approaches to strengthen health systems to deliver NCD services.
    • Identify the rationale, benefits and resources needed for implementing, respectively, the “public health” approach versus the “health services” approach for the prevention and control of NCDs.
    1. Dates: 23.08.2021 – 25.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Kaspar Wyss, Pascal Bovet 
    5. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management, Global / International Health
  • Public Mental Health: Keeping people mentally healthy

    Promoting mental health has become increasingly important in the field of public health. This course focusses on academic knowledge combined with practical projects on four subjects:
    Promotion of mental health through positive psychology and mind body medicine.
    The impact of campaigns on knowledge and behaviour on promoting mental health in Switzerland.
    How do our neighbours go about promoting their mental health?
    The influence of good practice mental health programmes on the Swiss population.

    Objectives: The transfer of expertise (scientifical methods and data combined with good practice examples) sharing the learnings and experience and enable exchange between both areas.

    1. Dates: 24.08.2021 – 24.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Annette Hitz, Fabienne Amstad 
    5. Topics: Mental Health
  • An Introduction to health economics: how should we finance and organise our health care systems

    This day-long course shows how the tools of health economics can be used to understand the health and welfare implications of how our health care systems are funded and organised.

    Learning objectives: At the end of the course students will be able to:
    • Explain the constraints that resource scarcity places on health care decision-making;
    • Outline varied forms of funding and financial protection in the healthcare system;
    • Calculate resource capacity to meet the health needs of the population;
    • Interpret the interrelationship between health and income at the individual and national level.
    1. Dates: 26.08.2021 – 26.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Andrew Street 
    5. Topics: Health Economics, Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Fragile Health Systems: Making sense of troubled healthcare arenas

    This course intends to introduce participants to healthcare provision in crisis, with examples and lessons drawn from violent and impoverished settings, misruled states, migrant populations, divided societies, and degraded environments.

    Objectives: To raise awareness about:
    • the main issues shaping the health field, highlighting differences alongside commonalities,
    • the analytical tools to be used to obtain valuable insights,
    • the engagement approaches to be adopted in troubled healthcare arenas, and
    • the relevant literature to be studied after the course.
    1. Dates: 26.08.2021 – 28.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Enrico Pavignani, Barbara Profeta 
    5. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Harnessing systems modelling and simulation to guide strategic health investments and actions

    This 3-day course will expose students to:
    The ‘what and why’ of systems modelling and simulation
    Real-world applications that informed policy and planning through the participatory development of decision support tools
    Exposure to systems modelling methods including their practical application
    A hands-on approach to building simple- and intermediate-level prototype models with interactive user interfaces.

    Objectives: By the end of the course participants will:
    • Be familiar with the concepts, methods and applications of systems modelling and simulation in the context of population health;
    • Be able to define and describe the modelling methods, including their appropriate use for answering different questions;
    • Understand the value of systems modelling and simulation in the global health toolkit;
    • Be able to build, calibrate, and run simple and intermediate level prototype models using off the shelf software and conduct scenario testing;
    • Understand the value of participatory approaches to model development.
    1. Dates: 26.08.2021 – 28.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Jo-An Occhipinti, Ante Prodan 
    5. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management, General Scientific Skills
  • Policy Options on Mental Health

    The course will address:
    Pending and pressing issues and challenges in public mental health
    Mental Health Policy and Plans, and Mental Health Services
    Identification and use of policy options for the implementation of mental health policies
    The impact of the COVID19 epidemic on mental health


    Objectives:
    At the end of the course participants will:
    Know the key pending mental health issues and challenges in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Understand and master the principles, approaches, and objectives of the 2013-2020 WHO Mental Health Action Plan
    Be familiar with the existing experiences, evidence, and good practices to inform the public health response to the population’s mental health needs
    Be able to contribute to the design of mental health policy, plans, and programs
    Be able to identify barriers and facilitators to inform and guide local implementation of mental health policies and plans
    Acquire competences for the design and assessment of complex interventions for mental health
    Know the relevance and implications of the COVID19 epidemic for public mental health

    1. Dates: 26.08.2021 – 28.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Emiliano Albanese, Benedetto Saraceno 
    5. Topics: Mental Health, Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Generating Demand for better public health goods and services: A systems and consumer centred approach

    Day 1 of this course provides an introduction to social marketing. Days 2 and 3 will take participants through the planning process and explore the key principles. Although delivered virtually, the 3-day workshop will be highly interactive with a lot of group activities and breakout sessions, live polls, Q&A time, and case examples used to illustrate key concepts. Participants will also get a chance to work in teams as well as applying the behaviour change tools to their own projects.

    Objectives:
    • Explain the core elements of successful social marketing demand creation
    • Learn how to “pitch” social marketing demand creation ideas and sustainable business models to senior management, stakeholders, and donors to gain buy-in.
    • Explore how innovations in behavioural science and consumer insights are used to create demand for better public health goods and services.
    • Understand the planning process used in developing successful demand creation initiatives.
    • Identify, prioritise and segment the target audience.
    • Understand the importance of formative research in demand-creation work and how to ask the right questions.
    • Discuss important issues related to public-private partnerships in trying to reach public health goals.
    • Develop a social marketing intervention mix based on insights.
    • Critically appraise at least two programmes in which public-private partnerships have been used to achieve public health outcomes.
    • Understand why putting on your ‘business hat’ is important when thinking of improving nutrition and public health goods and services at scale.
    • Explain at least three programmes in which social and behaviour change was used as a tool for development and discuss the strengths of those particular applications.
    1. Dates: 26.08.2021 – 28.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Rowena Merritt, Kalpana Beesabathuni 
    5. Topics: Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Multisectoral approaches for health: Implications for Policy and Practice

    This course provides an introductory perspective on determinants of health, equity and multisectoral approaches. Building on earlier debates on determinants of health it will discuss why multisectoral approaches and collaboration are needed to advance the Agenda 2030 health goal. Practical examples of multisectoral collaborations will be reviewed in form of group work and case studies to provide the participants with an understanding of different models of multisectoral collaboration, their implications as well as the challenges and ways to overcome them. Participants will be asked to identify and analyse incentives and opportunities for multisectoral action within their own local context.

    Objectives: At the end of the course, the participants
    • are familiar with the various terms used to convey a holistic approach (e.g. intersectoral, multisectoral, Health in All Policies) and their meanings in policy, implementation and practice
    • have an understanding of how multisectoral action can improve health outcomes and equity through addressing determinants of health
    • are aware of approaches, key entry points, incentives and opportunities, tools and models to support multisectoral collaboration for health
    • identify existing locally relevant multi-sectoral mechanisms and explore ways these can be better harnessed
    • understand challenges and implications of multisectoral approaches.
    1. Dates: 26.08.2021 – 28.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Carmel Williams, Nicole Valentine 
    5. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • L’assurance-invalidité

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • L’assurance-invalidité (introduction)
    • Détection précoce / Mesures de réinsertion / Mesures de réadaptation / Révisions des rentes
    1. Dates: 26.08.2021 – 26.08.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: Philippe Graf, Karin Gentile 
    5. Topics: Accident insurance
  • Designing Health Care: Improving health care through Evidence-based Design

    Covid19 has shown us very clearly that design plays an important role in healthcare: whether it is to communicate messages clearly and effectively or to design safe and efficient environments. The pandemic has also shown us that we need to gain a better understanding of the impact of design and architecture in order to improve our facilities and communications in the field of health care. Hence we need processes, tools, and infrastructures that allow us to learn more about the needs and behaviors of healthcare users.
    Evidence-based design takes psychological, social and physical aspects into account when designing products, communication material, environments, processes or services within the health care sector. This leads to more effective communication, reduces patient and staff stress and injuries, promotes well-being and supports the healing process of patients.
    In this one-day course, participants will gain an insight into evidence-based design in the healthcare sector and learn more about its processes and tools. In the first part, members of the interdisciplinary research group Health Care Communication Design HCCD of the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH and the newly founded Swiss Center for Design and Health, will provide participants with some theoretical background. They use recent examples from the pandemic crisis and from their own work to show what effects design measures can have in the context of health care. In the second part, the course’s participants will take on a concrete case and work on it in groups. The goal is to develop an understanding of the respective context and to formulate appropriate solutions with the help of design methods. In a final round, the various approaches will be presented and discussed in plenary.
    Objectives:
    Raising awareness of the impact of design and architecture in the field of health care
    Basic theoretical knowledge of evidence-based design in the field of health care
    Exercising methods and tools from design research

    1. Dates: 27.08.2021 – 27.08.2021
    2. Registration: 02.08.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] SSPH+ Lugano Summer School
    4. Facilitator: Minou Afzali, Arne Scheuermann 
    5. Topics: Communication in Public Health, Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Personnes âgées et assurances

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Dépendances et assurances
    • Dépendance et personnes âgées (démographie, faits, économie)
    • Les prestations complémentaires à l’AVS et à l’AI
    • Proches aidants
    • Gérontologie / Aspects médicaux
    1. Dates: 27.08.2021 – 28.08.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: A. Previtali, S. Pellegrini 
    5. Topics: Aging, Social Security
  • Evaluation of occupational health interventions

    To assure effectiveness, occupational health interventions need to be subjected to evaluation. Considering the original concept of the intervention, students will analyze, evaluate, and report on the context, process, and outcomes of implemented interventions.

    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

    • Define the scope, intended uses and primary users of evaluation results
    • Design an evaluation project, select appropriate methods, and specify data sources
    • Collect, analyze, and interpret data
    • Draw conclusions based on evaluation data and develop recommendations
    • Communicate evaluation results to the stakeholders (incl. reporting) and induce follow-up activities
    1. Dates: 30.08.2021 – 01.08.2021
    2. Registration: 21.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Zurich
    4. Facilitator: Gregor Jenny 
    5. Topics: Occupational Health, Hygiene, and Medicine
  • Neurology and Psychiatry

    The module neurology and psychiatry combines the specialities of neurology, sleep research, psychiatry and developmental paediatrics. In all these areas, clear sex and gender differences can be observed.

    1. Dates: 03.09.2021 – 04.09.2021
    2. Registration: 30.07.2021
    3. Location: Center for Continuing Education, University of Zurich
    4. Facilitator: Susanne Wegener, David Garcia Nuñez 
    5. Topics: Biomedical Sciences, Mental Health
  • Einführung Public Health

    Ziel: In diesem Einführungsmodul werden grundlegende Begriffe, Konzepte, Sichtweisen und Werte aus der Public-Health-Perspektive behandelt und vermittelt.

    Inhalte:
    Einführung in Definitionen und Konzepte von Public Health
    Einblick in die Versicherungssysteme im schweizerischen Gesundheitswesen
    Überblick über Finanzierung und Kosten des Gesundheitswesens in der Schweiz
    Einführung in Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
    Überblick und das Spektrum der möglichen Massnahmen im Kontext Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
    Einführung in relevante Werte und Theorien der Public-Health-Ethik

    Ask the expert zu einem Public Health relevanten Thema

    1. Dates: 06.09.2021 – 08.09.2021
    2. Registration: 06.07.2021
    3. Location: Institut für Epidemiologie, Biostatistik und Prävention, Universität Zürich
    4. Facilitator: Monika Bührer Skinner, Rolf Heusser 
    5. Topics: Health Promotion and Prevention, Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Writing a Journal Article… and Getting it Published

    PhD students, like any other researchers, are required to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals. Many students (and other researchers) consider this a difficult, or even the most difficult part of the research process. Understanding the changing landscape of journals and publishing is important. This course concentrates on the processes of writing and getting published, using students’ actual research studies.

    The goal of this course is simple: to enable PhD students to get their articles written and sent off to a journal.

    1. Dates: 07.09.2021 – 09.09.2021
    2. Registration: 07.08.2021
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Nicola Low 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills
  • Global Citizenship Education

    UNESCO defines global citizenship as a “sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity”. Global citizenship education, in this context, concerns learning to recognize and respect multiple levels of identity and collective identity that transcend individual cultural, religious, ethnic and other differences. The strength of Global Citizenship Education comes from the fact that it takes a long-term, root cause approach to the social problems we are experiencing today. This is why this concept has been integrated into the Education-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, this notion has been criticized for its conceptual fuzziness and for embodying Western, privileged perspectives.

    Programme Objectives:
    Understand the history and theoretical foundations of Global Citizenship Education;
    Develop the ability to create institutional projects in the area of Global Citizenship;
    Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to set up research projects on Global Citizenship;
    Prepare for a critical analysis of pedagogical projects in international, national and local contexts aiming to promote Global Citizenship Education.

    1. Dates: 13.09.2021 – 17.09.2021
    2. Registration: 30.04.2021
    3. Location: [ONLINE] University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Abdeljalil Akkari, Laura Engel 
    5. Topics: Global / International Health, Transferable Skills
  • Fundamentals of randomized controlled clinical trials

    This basic and intermediate level course covers design, conduct and analysis issues of clinical trials with a focus on randomized-controlled trials. We will only briefly discuss clinical studies without randomization. We will cover design issues such as the identification of the target population, choice and definition of the interventions and comparators, of study outcomes and assumptions needed to determine the size of the trial. Regarding the conduct and implementation of clinical trials we will cover the choice of randomization strategies and procedures, the role of blinding, issues on
    prevention and handling of missing data, (safety and efficacy) monitoring of the study, and the standards for the reporting of the trial results. For all topics, focus is on fundamentals and principles rather than practical/implementation aspects.

    Objectives: By the end of this 3 day course, students will be able to:
    - critically assess the design, conduct, and analysis and reporting of a (randomized) clinical trial
    - identify and design the fundamental characteristics of a clinical trial to address a clearly specified clinical question
    - understand the challenges related to selected aspects of the implementation and conduct of a clinical trial.

    1. Dates: 20.09.2021 – 22.09.2021
    2. Registration: 20.07.2021
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Sven Trelle, Marcel Zwahlen 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills
  • Épidémiologie

    • Maîtriser les concepts de base en épidémiologie et biostatistique
    • Collecter, analyser et interpréter des données épidémiologiques pour une prise de décision professionnelle en santé publique
    • Discuter de manière critique les études épidémiologiques
    1. Dates: 20.09.2021 – 24.09.2021
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: Epidemiology
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis: a Practical Approach

    As part of their PhD, many students will have to do one or several systematic reviews, and some students will also want to combine results from severalstudies in meta-analysis. This intensive 3-day course will cover the principles and practical steps of systematic reviews, including the design and conduct of comprehensive literature searches, data extraction and presentation, assessment of bias in the included studies, synthesis of data and examination of publication bias and other biases. The statistical methods for combining results in meta-analysis will also be covered and the course will include practical exercises in R.


    Objectives: To enable PhD students to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses as part of their PhD work, under the supervision of experienced reviewers.

    1. Dates: 22.09.2021 – 24.09.2021
    2. Registration: 22.08.2021
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), Bern
    4. Facilitator: Georgia Salanti, Matthias Egger 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, Epidemiology
  • Management of health in organizations

    In this module, students learn to manage work and health activities and define key health indicators.


    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
    • Select and implement an absence and case management system
    • Design and implement a health campaign/event to foster individual health behavior change
    • Write a health report for an organization
    • Integrate organizational health as a central value in the culture of an organization
    1. Dates: 27.09.2021 – 30.09.2021
    2. Registration: 16.08.2021
    3. Location: University of Zurich
    4. Facilitator: Holger Dressel 
    5. Topics: Occupational Health, Hygiene, and Medicine
  • EMS et assurances sociales

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Planification médico-sociale et séjour en EMS
    1. Dates: 29.09.2021 – 29.09.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: Y. Grosclaude 
    5. Topics: Aging, Disability
  • Santé, pauvreté, migration

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Santé et pauvreté – les enjeux pour l’aide sociale publique
    • L’aide sociale et la santé : la pratique dans le canton de Neuchâtel
    • Santé et migration
    1. Dates: 30.09.2021 – 30.09.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: R. Fasano, D. Efionayi-Maeder 
    5. Topics: Migration health, Social Sciences in Public Health
  • Introduction to the Statistical Software R

    This course is a practical introduction to R, a free open-source software environment for statistical computing. Besides an introduction into the software, the following topics will be covered: data import and export, data manipulation, statistical analysis, graphical representation and advanced programming concepts as conditional branching and loops.


    Objectives: By the end of this 3 day course, students will be able to use R for statistical analysis and graphical representation. They will be aware of the common mistakes and will get familiar with additional tools to use R more efficiently.

    1. Dates: 04.10.2021 – 06.10.2021
    2. Registration: 04.09.2021
    3. Location: Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel
    4. Facilitator: Jan Hattendorf 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, (Bio)Statistics
  • Risk policy, management, and communication

    Occupational hygiene specialists should understand human risk perception and risk behavior, legal boundary conditions for chemicals handling, and risk management. This course will introduce students to human risk perception, the applications of Swiss legal framework in work and health, and the training of workers in the application of safety rules.

    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
    • Apply current national and international regulatory systems (e.g. REACH, MSDS)
    • Apply OEL values and substance documentation for further interpretation of measurement data
    • Write risk assessment reports according to recipients’ expectations and regulations
    • Communicate critical results to organizations and community («breaking bad news»)
    1. Dates: 04.10.2021 – 07.10.2021
    2. Registration: 30.08.2021
    3. Location: University of Lausanne
    4. Facilitator: David Vernez 
    5. Topics: Occupational Health, Hygiene, and Medicine
  • Applied Logistic Regression

    This course provides theoretical and practical training on the popular logistic regression model, which has become the standard analytical method for use with a categorical response variable. This is a hands-on, applied course where students will become proficient at using computer software (Stata or R) to analyze data drawn from the fields of medicine, epidemiology, and public health.

    Objectives: By the end of this course, students should:
    • Master methods of statistical modeling when the response variable is binary.
    • Be confident users of Stata or R computing binary logistic regression models.
    1. Dates: 11.10.2021 – 15.10.2021
    2. Registration: 11.09.2021
    3. Location: University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Stanley Lemeshow, Ben Spycher 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, (Bio)Statistics
  • Grundlagen der Gesundheitswissenschaft und Sozialepidemiologie

    Der Besuch dieses Moduls befähigt Sie, Entstehungs- und Verlaufsprozesse von Gesundheit und Krankheit in der Bevölkerung unter Berücksichtigung kultureller, sozialer und psychologischer Einflussfaktoren zu beschreiben. Hierbei wenden Sie gesundheits- und sozialwissenschaftliche Theorien und Konzepte an. Dazu

    • formulieren Sie Public-Health-Fragestellungen zu Entstehung und Verlauf von Gesundheit und Krankheit
    • ziehen Sie relevante gesundheits- und sozialwissenschaftliche Theorien und Konzepte zur Beschreibung und Erklärung von Problem- und Aufgabenstellungen im Bereich Public Health bei
    • verstehen und analysieren Sie das Zusammenwirken verschiedener Faktoren, die die Entstehung und den Verlauf von Gesundheit und Krankheit beeinflussen
    • verbinden Sie erkenntnisleitend Public-Health-Fragestellungen mit gesundheits- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Theorien und Konzepten.
    Inhalte
    • Gesundheits- und sozialwissenschaftliche Paradigmen, Modelle, Theorien und Konzepte von Gesundheit und Krankheit, ihre Entstehung und ihre Bedingungen (Salutogenese, biopsychosoziales Modell, Theorien der sozialen Ungleichheit, soziokulturelle Einflussfaktoren)
    • Sozialepidemiologische Grundlagen zur (sozial-)räumlichen und zeitlichen Verteilung von Gesundheit und Krankheit (Altersdemografie, Schichtzugehörigkeit)
    • Soziale und personale Bedingungen von Gesundheit und Krankheit (gesundheitsrelevante Lebensstile, soziales und kulturelles Kapital, Gesundheitskompetenz, Gesundheitsverhalten)
    1. Dates: 11.10.2021 – 13.10.2020
    2. Registration: 11.08.2021
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Thomas Abel, Thomas Kohlmann 
    5. Topics: Social Sciences in Public Health
  • Études randomisées

    • Principes généraux des essais cliniques randomisés
    • Tests statistiques simples
    • Taille d’échantillon et puissance
    • Principes en éthique de la recherche médicale
    1. Dates: 13.10.2021 – 15.10.2021
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, (Bio)Statistics
  • Social Science Research Methods in Public Health

    With this module, students will learn how to design a research project to address a public health issue. The major stages of the research process - ie research design, data collection and data analysis - will be examined, through concrete examples and personal work. Upon completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • Formulate a relevant research question
    • Select an appropriate data collection method
    • Define an appropriate sample
    • Plan data collection
    • Select an appropriate data analysis method
    Content:
    • Characteristics of good research questions
    • Quantitative and qualitative social science research methods
    • Sampling issues (types of sampling, recruitment of participants)
    • Ethical issues related to field work
    • Data collection methods (individual interviews and focus groups, questionnaire)
    • Data analysis methods (statistical analysis, content analysis)
    • Feasibility of a planned project with respect to available resources (time, staffing, budget)
    1. Dates: 18.10.2021 – 20.10.2021
    2. Registration: 18.08.2021
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern; University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Kristen Gray Jafflin, Stéphane Cullati 
    5. Topics: Social Sciences in Public Health
  • Santé au travail

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Introduction générale
    • Introduction au droit du travail
    • Droits et devoirs des employés
    • Application de la LTr en milieu hospitalie
    • Atteintes à la santé – le cas du burn-out et du mobbing
    • Devoirs et responsabilités des employeurs
    • Nature et valeur probante d’un certificat médical
    1. Dates: 20.10.2021 – 21.10.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: P. Mahon, J.P. Dunand 
    5. Topics: Occupational Health, Hygiene, and Medicine
  • Réglementation de la médecine du travail

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Réglementation de la sécurité et de la santé au travail
    • Inspection du travail du canton de Neuchâtel
    • Santé et sécurité au travail
    1. Dates: 22.10.2021 – 22.10.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: V. Lagger, P. Rognon 
    5. Topics: Occupational Health, Hygiene, and Medicine
  • Umwelt und Gesundheit

    In diesem Kurs analysieren Sie komplexe Problemstellungen aus dem Themenbereich Umwelt und Gesundheit aus der Public-Health-Perspektive und setzen sich mit den besonderen Schwierigkeiten bei der entsprechenden Forschung auseinander. Dazu

    • interpretieren Sie die umweltepidemiologische Forschung und bewerten diese hinsichtlich ihrer gesundheitlichen Auswirkungen aus individueller und aus Public-Health-Sicht
    • führen Sie eine Gesundheitsrisikoabschätzung zu einem bestimmten Umweltthema durch
    • diskutieren und erfahren Sie, wie Sie sich als Public-Health-Experte hinsichtlich der Prävention oder Begrenzung von gesundheitlichen Umweltschäden einbringen können
    Inhalte
    • Gesundheit und Lärm, Luftschadstoffe, Radon, ionisierende und nicht-ionisierende Strahlung
    • Gesundheit und Klimawandel
    • Umweltepidemiologische Studiendesigns
    • Kausalität bei beobachtenden Studien
    • Methoden zur Einschätzung von Umweltexpositionen in der Bevölkerung
    • nationale und internationale Datenquellen im Bereich Umwelt und Gesundheit
    • Gesundheitsrisikoabschätzung (Impact Assessment): Methoden zur Quantifizierung gesundheitlicher Auswirkungen von Umweltschadstoffen auf individueller und gesellschaftlicher Ebene
    1. Dates: 25.10.2021 – 12.11.2021
    2.  Course dates: 25 - 26.10.2020 and 12.11.2021
    3. Registration: 25.08.2021
    4. Location: Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel; University of Basel
    5. Facilitator: Martin Röösli, Martina Ragettli 
    6. Topics: Environmental Health Sciences
  • Pharmacology, Anesthesia and Intensive Care

    This module teaches important differences between women and men in drug therapy, in selected areas of anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. The participants learn to take these into account in their daily work.

    1. Dates: 28.10.2021 – 29.10.2021
    2. Registration: 15.09.2021
    3. Location: Center for Continuing Education, University of Zurich
    4. Facilitator: Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, Ursula Amstutz 
    5. Topics: Biomedical Sciences
  • Musculoskeletal System and Rheumatic Diseases

    In this module, the influence of sex and gender on various aspects and pathologies affecting the musculoskeletal system is conveyed. In addition to the points that directly affect the musculoskeletal system, the immune system as well as trainability and performance will be examined more closely.

    1. Dates: 01.11.2021 – 02.11.2021
    2. Registration: 01.10.2021
    3. Location: Center for Continuing Education, University of Zurich
    4. Facilitator: Johannes Scherr, Mazda Farshad 
    5. Topics: Biomedical Sciences
  • Fundamental Concepts in Epidemiology

    This course will provide an orientation to health and medical research from a quantitative and epidemiological viewpoint. It will give an introduction to the design of public health and clinical research, and it will discuss measures of disease frequency and association, and the validity of research in medicine. The course will discuss recent developments in epidemiologic methods for public health and clinical research. It will review the various study designs and major issues in the validity of epidemiologic studies. It will give an overview of elements of epidemiologic data-analysis.


    Objectives

    The purpose of this introductory class is to discuss the principles and methods of epidemiology for quantitative health research; to demonstrate their applicability in research in public health and clinical medicine; and to demonstrate the interrelations of public health and clinical research.

    1. Dates: 08.11.2021 – 12.11.2021
    2. Registration: 08.10.2021
    3. Location: University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Albert Hofman, Oscar Franco 
    5. Topics: Epidemiology
  • GIS for Public Health

    The physical and social environment that surrounds us plays an important part in our health and wellbeing. The geography concept of ‘place’ thus cannot be ignored in public health. Whether investigating the level of environmental pollution, access to recreation or health services, or the patterns or spread of disease, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide the standard platform for exploring spatial attributes and relationships between our environment and health.
    This course offers an introduction to GIS and how it is used in public health and epidemiological research. It will introduce students to the basics including: working with and integrating spatial and non-spatial data; geographic scale and spatial precision; projections; geocoding; visualisation; thematic mapping; and understanding spatial relationships.
    Specific skills and tools will also be introduced in relation to methods for route analysis and for spatial linkage of exposure, contextual and confounder information for epidemiological or health risk assessment studies. Students will apply their new skills in a case study based either on their own data or on available datasets for defined topics.
    This course will be a mix of lectures, demonstrations and practical time for hands-on data analysis in ArcGIS and QGIS (emphasis on ArcGIS). No prior knowledge of GIS is required, though completion of pre-course work is essential preparation for this intensive course.

    1. Dates: 08.11.2021 – 12.11.2021
    2. Registration: 08.10.2021
    3. Location: Biozentrum, University of Basel
    4. Facilitator: Danielle Vienneau, Kees de Hoogh 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, Epidemiology
  • Études transversales

    • Généralités sur les enquêtes
    • Élaboration d’un questionnaire
    • Échantillonnage
    • Confusion versus biais
    • Corrélation et régression linéaire
    1. Dates: 10.11.2021 – 12.11.2021
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, (Bio)Statistics
  • Qualitative Health Research: BASIC module: Defining and developing qualitative research in public health

    Objectives:

    Provide participants with the necessary epistemological and scientific background, as well as a practical training, using tools such as interviews, focus groups, participant/non-participant observation, with a refined indepth use of them.

    This basic module will guide participants in understanding and defining the main specificities of qualitative methods and approaches. It will help them plan and organize the data collection and cross-check computer-assisted thematic coding with peers. An emphasis will be put on the importance of the theoretical frameworks underlying the interpretive process of researchers.
    It will focus on the choice of tools and the concrete use of interviews, focus groups and participant observation.
    Learning outcomes: define qualitative research, choose between several designs and tools and develop a qualitative research protocol.

    1. Dates: 17.11.2021 – 19.11.2021
    2. Registration: 15.10.2021
    3. Location: Haute École de Santé Vaud, Lausanne
    4. Facilitator: Rose-Anna Foley , Christina Akré 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Atelier de micro-informatique

    Utiliser les outils micro-informatiques de base dans la recherche d’information, de récolte, d’analyse et/ou de gestion de données

    1. Dates: 17.11.2021 – 19.11.2021
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills
  • Gestion de la qualité - Gestion des risques

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Défis de gestion de la qualité en milieu hospitalier
    • Gestion des risques et sécurité des patients : l’exemple valaisan
    1. Dates: 18.11.2021 – 18.11.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: A. Staines, D. Koenig 
    5. Topics: Health Services Administration
  • Responsabilités des établissements de soins

    Objectives:

    • Comprendre la complexité du système des assurances sociales et identifier les enjeux.
    • Connaître la réglementation relative à la santé au travail
    • Bénéficier d’une approche pluridisciplinaire et orientée sur la pratique
    • Construire un réseau en santé publique


    Courses:

    • Responsabilités des établissements de soins
    • Cas pratique
    1. Dates: 19.11.2021 – 19.11.2021
    2. Registration: 31.01.2021
    3. Location: Institut du droit de la santé (IDS) - University of Neuchâtel
    4. Facilitator: R. Christinat 
    5. Topics: Health Services Administration, Administration Health Institutions
  • Communication

    • Communiquer clairement autour de problématiques de santé publique avec différents groupes de population (animation de groupes de travail, communications de résultats scientifiques pour les non-professionnels, présentations scientifiques brèves et rédaction des rapports et d’articles scientifiques pour des professionnels)
    • Concevoir, produire et diffuser du matériel de communication en santé publique
    1. Dates: 22.11.2021 – 26.11.2021
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: Communication in Public Health
  • Qualitative Health Research: ADVANCED module: Appraising qualitative health research

    In continuation of the basic module and addressed to (semi) experienced researchers in qualitative research, this advanced module will be based on the coding analysis process with discussion building and derived theory, as
    well as quality criteria discussions. Participants will categorize and hierarchize the emerged themes and will be led through the whole analysis process, from classification and contrasting, to the writing of results and discussion of qualitative dissertations and manuscripts.
    Learning outcomes: discuss and appraise quality in research protocols and papers; conduct a qualitative study themselves, as well as put emphasis on the importance of the theoretical framework underlying the interpretive process of researchers.

    1. Dates: 25.11.2021 – 26.11.2021
    2. Registration: 25.10.2021
    3. Location: Unisanté and Haute École de Santé Vaud, Lausanne
    4. Facilitator: Rose-Anna Foley , Christina Akré 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Introduction to Statistical Software Stata® and Electronic Data Capture Software REDCap

    This course is divided in two parts:

    • Part 1 is a short introduction to the electronic data capture software REDCap, a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. The course offers a basic introduction to clinical data management and covers the basic steps involved when building up a small study database. Additionally, useful tips regarding the design of Case Reports Forms (CRFs) are provided.
    • Part 2 is a practical introduction to Stata, a statistical analysis software (www.stata.com). The following topics will be covered: data import and export, data manipulation, statistical analysis, graphical representation and an introduction on loops (repetitive tasks). We will also show how to use additional user written commands that are not “official Stata”.


    Objectives:

    • By end of part 1, students will be able to set up their own database in REDCap.
    • By the end of part 2, students will be able to run a typical Stata project: import data from text or Excel files, perform data manipulation (including using labels), save manipulated data, perform simple statistical analysis and graphical representation of the data.
    1. Dates: 01.12.2021 – 03.12.2021
    2. Registration: 01.11.2021
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), Bern
    4. Facilitator: Adrian Spoerri, Yves Bochud 
    5. Topics: (Bio)Statistics, Epidemiology
  • Primary Care/Health Services

    Sex and gender specificities in primary health care are well known and documented. Cardiovascular symptoms are less recognized in women for example, whereas depression is not addressed and undertreated in men. Referral to specialists can also be gender biased. Furthermore, gender specific issues such as intimate violence or LGBT+ specificities may only be recognized and addressed in the intimacy of a general practice.This module aims at providing an overview on sex and gender differences in the vast domain of primary health care and bring tools to address gender-specific questions in the privileged setting of the general practice.

    1. Dates: 06.12.2021 – 07.12.2021
    2. Registration: 05.11.2021
    3. Location: University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Carole Clair, Joëlle Schwarz 
    5. Topics: Health Services
    1. Dates: 06.12.2021 – 08.12.2021
    2. Location:
    3. Facilitator: Daniel H. Paris, Yves-Laurent Jackson 
    4. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management, Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Études de cas-témoins

    • Principes des études cas-témoins
    • Appariement et ajustement
    • Odds ratio
    • Régression logistique simple et conditionnelle
    1. Dates: 15.12.2021 – 17.12.2021
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: (Bio)Statistics, General Scientific Skills
  • Études de cohortes; tests et scores

    • Principes des études prospectives
    • Taux d’incidence
    • Analyse de survie (méthode de Kaplan-Meier et modèle de Cox
    • Tests diagnostiques: généralités
    1. Dates: 12.01.2022 – 14.01.2022
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: (Bio)Statistics, General Scientific Skills
  • Infectious Diseases

    The module combines the fields of infectiology, pneumology and urology. Different risk behaviour, the influence of gender roles, differences in anatomy and sex-specific characteristics of the immune system lead to important differences in the epidemiology, expression, course and treatment of diseases.

    1. Dates: 13.01.2022 – 14.01.2022
    2. Registration: 10.12.2021
    3. Location: University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Christine Thurnheer, Hansjakob Furrer 
    5. Topics: Biomedical Sciences
  • Bonnes pratiques des essais cliniques

    • Introduction aux essais cliniques sur les médicaments
    • Développement préclinique et clinique d’un médicament
    • Considérations éthiques
    • Lecture critique d’un protocole
    • Exercices pratiques
    1. Dates: 19.01.2022 – 20.01.2022
    2. Registration: 15.06.2011
    3. Location: Hôpitaux Universitaires Genèves (HUG), Geneva
    4. Facilitator: Jules Desmeules 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, Ethics and Privacy
  • Integrationsmodul Medizin für Nichtmediziner

    • Ziele:
      • Verstehen des Aufbaus und der Organfunktionen des menschlichen Körpers
      • Erfassen und Übertragen der medizinischen Terminologie
      • Aufzeigen wichtiger Krankheitsbilder
      • Ableiten der Denkstruktur der medizinischen Leistungserbringer
    • Inhalt: Anatomie, Physiologie, Diagnostische Denkweise, Medikamentenlehre, Terminologie, Krankheitslehre (Rheumatische Erkrankungen, Gefässerkrankungen, Unfälle/Verletzungen, Entzündungen/Infekte, Tumore/Krebs und Psychiatrie), Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention, Trends/Entwicklungen Medtech
    • Methodik: Selbststudium, Präsenzunterricht (Referate, Fallbeispiele, Einzel- und Gruppenarbeiten, Präsentationen, Plenumsdiskussionen u.a.m.), Lernplattform
    1. Dates: 20.01.2022 –
    2.  7 days over 4 months
    3. Location: Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Winterthur
    4. Facilitator: Daniel Baumgartner, Benjamin Dubno 
    5. Topics: Biomedical Sciences
  • Politique de gestion en santé publique

    • Planifier un programme de santé publique, le mettre en œuvre et l’évaluer
    • Promouvoir une politique favorable à la santé et adaptée aux besoins prioritaires de santé d’une population
    1. Dates: 24.01.2022 – 25.01.2022
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Biostatistics II Regression Models in Clinical Epidemiology

    In Biostatistics II you will learn to apply the acquired knowledge that was introduced in the module basic biostatistics in more advanced settings. Instead of simple calculations using a pocket calculator, you now will use the statistical software package Stata® in order to perform analysis on your own with your license for Stata15.


    Objectives: To extend your toolbox for statistical analysis to settings in which regressions are used. You will become familiar with one statistical software that helps you to perform more refined statistical analyses.
    - Participants are able to provide descriptive statistics graphical summaries of concrete data sets
    - They can use Stata to provide summary estimates and 95% CIs, and to conduct hypothesis testing in certain situations
    - Participants are able to perform logistic and linear regression analyses
    - Participants are able to perform basic survival and time-to-event analyses (analysis of incident rates, obtaining Kaplan-Meier survival estimates, Cox proportional hazards regression)

    1. Dates: 26.01.2022 – 29.04.2022
    2.  Course dates: 26-28 January + 4-6 April + 8 April + 29 April 2022
    3. Registration: 26.11.2021
    4. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    5. Facilitator: Marcel Zwahlen, Cinzia Del Giovane 
    6. Topics: (Bio)Statistics, Epidemiology
  • Revue systématique et méta-analyse

    • Principes des revues systématiques
    • Recherche de littérature
    • Lecture critique
    • Collaboration Cochrane
    • Méta-analyse
    1. Dates: 09.02.2022 – 11.02.2022
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: G. Haller, C. Combescure 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills
  • Soziokulturelle Kontexte, Migration und gesundheitliche Chancengleichheit

    In diesem Modul lernen Sie Erklärungsansätze zu den Zusammenhängen zwischen soziokulturellen Kontexten und gesundheitlicher Chancengleichheit kennen und nutzen diese bei der Entwicklung von Policies, Programmen und Projekten im Bereich Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention.

    Inhalte
    • Gesundheitliche Ungleichheit: Erklärungen zu Entstehung und Reproduktion
    • Nationale Policies in der Schweiz und im Ausland
    • Erklärungsansätze für die Bedeutung des soziokulturellen Kontextes in Interventionen
    • Rahmenbedingungen für Policies, Programme und Projekte, die Chancengleichheit verbessern
    • Konzepte für Interventionen mit Chancengleichheit im Zentrum
    • Beispiele ausgewählter Interventionen
    • Barrieren und Erfolgsfaktoren für nachhaltige Interventionen
    1. Dates: 23.02.2022 – 25.02.2022
    2. Registration: 23.12.2021
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Thomas Abel 
    5. Topics: Social and Behavioural Sciences, Migration health
  • Ein Public-Health-Problem erkennen und lösen

    In diesem Modul setzen Sie sich vertieft mit der Frage auseinander, wann und warum ein aktuelles Gesundheitsproblem überhaupt ein Public-Health-Problem ist, welche Überlegungen für die Wahl einer geeigneten Lösungsstrategie relevant sind und mit welchen Massnahmen das Problem gelöst werden kann.

    Inhalte
    • Wann ist ein Gesundheitsproblem ein Public-Health-Problem?
    • aktuelle Prinzipien der Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
    • Strategieentwicklung
    • Spektrum der möglichen Massnahmen in Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
    • Normen und Werte in Public Health
    • Instrumente der Qualitätssicherung und Evaluation

    1. Dates: 28.02.2022 – 15.03.2022
    2.  Course dates: 28.02.2022 and 14. - 15.03.2022
    3. Registration: 28.12.2021
    4. Location: Institut für Epidemiologie, Biostatistik und Prävention, Universität Zürich
    5. Facilitator: Roger Staub, Beatrice Annaheim 
    6. Topics: Global Health, Health Promotion and Prevention
  • Santé internationale

    • Identifier les enjeux prioritaires de santé dans un contexte de globalisation
    • Développer des plans d’action adaptés aux réalités locales, régionales ou globales
    1. Dates: 07.03.2022 – 11.03.2022
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: Global / International Health
  • Mesures répétées, données corrélées

    • Description des designs d'études menant à des données corrélées
    • Tests statistiques pour données répétées
    • Modèles linéaires à effets mixtes
    • Illustration et exercices pratiques
    1. Dates: 23.03.2022 – 25.03.2022
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: C. Combescure 
    5. Topics: (Bio)Statistics, General Scientific Skills
  • Communication scientifique

    • Rédaction d’un protocole, rédaction d’un article et réponse au reviewers
    • Règles d’authorship
    • Financement d’une étude de recherche
    • Communication aux médias
    • Trucs et astuces pour la rédaction scientifique en anglais
    1. Dates: 27.04.2022 – 29.04.2022
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills
  • Introduction to the Statistical Software R

    This is a one-day introduction course in the R programming language. R is a freely available programming language which is widely used for data analysis. Attending the course requires no prior experience in R. Participants will learn how to use R for performing statistical analyses in the context of life sciences. We will start by describing very simple functionalities and we will then use real datasets in order to explore visualization techniques, perform statistical tests and fit simple regression models. In this course we will utilize R-studio, a freely available environment that greatly facilitates the use of R. We will also show how to use R markdown to easily create reports from data analyses.


    Objectives:

    • To familiarize with the R-studio environment
    • To learn basic functionalities such as downloading libraries, open and use R scripts
    • To understand the basics of R programming language
    • To run commands in order to perform descriptive statistics, statistical tests and simple regression models
    1. Dates: 26.05.2022 – 26.05.2022
    2. Registration: 26.04.2022
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Georgia Salanti, Orestis Efthimiou 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, (Bio)Statistics
  • Études diagnostiques, pronostiques et scores cliniques

    • Principes généraux des études diagnostiques et pronostiques
    • Qualité des études diagnostiques
    • Performances de marqueurs diagnostiques / pronostiques
    • Seuil optimal
    • Développement et validation de scores prédictifs (discrimination, calibration)
    • Exercices pratiques
    1. Dates: 01.06.2022 – 03.06.2022
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator: C. Combescure 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, (Bio)Statistics
  • Sciences sociales et économiques, droit / éthique

    • Utiliser les méthodologies des sciences sociales pour récolter et interpréter des données
    • Intégrer les dimensions socio-culturelles dans l’analyse des questions de santé
    • Analyser les fonctionnements des systèmes de santé (économie, management)
    • Identifier et analyser les enjeux éthiques et du droit dans la santé publique
    1. Dates: 06.06.2022 – 10.06.2022
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: Social and Behavioural Sciences, Health Policy, Systems, and Management
  • Diagnostic Studies

    This course will focus on the design, analyses and interpretation of diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) studies. DTA studies evaluate the performance of a diagnostic test, for example to gauge how good a test is at discriminating between diseased and non-diseased persons.
    This course starts with a basic introduction to what a DTA study is and what estimates such as sensitivity and specificity mean. Practicals will be used to calculate estimates of diagnostic accuracy on paper and using STATA. Some calculations to plan study size will be addressed. Thereafter, the course participants are introduced to variations in designs explaining the merits but also pitfalls of specific design choices. Sources of bias and variation will be discussed in detail.

    Objectives:

    • Understand the different objectives and designs of DTA studies
    • Understand the main ways to quantify diagnostic test accuracy and reliability
    • Understand potential risks of bias and concerns regarding applicability of DTA study results
    • Understand design options in case no generally accepted reference standard is available to compare your test of interest to (e.g. latent class analysis)
    • Understand the concepts underlying different approaches to statistical analyses of DTA studies, including sample size calculations
    • Describe estimates and interpret results from DTA studies appropriately
    • Understand necessary element for high quality of reporting (STARD)
    1. Dates: 08.06.2022 – 10.06.2022
    2. Registration: 08.04.2022
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Anne W.S. Rutjes, Marcel Zwahlen 
    5. Topics: (Bio)Statistics
  • Writing a study protocol

    Researchers are required to write various types of protocols. Many researchers consider this a difficult, or even the most difficult part of the research process. Understanding the differences between various types of protocols is important. This course concentrates on the processes of writing different protocols (not on the study design), using researchers’ actual studies.


    Objectives: The goal of this course is to enable researchers to know the different types of protocols (study protocol, grant proposal, submission to ethics committees) and to get them written and sent.

    1. Dates: 22.08.2022 – 24.08.2022
    2. Registration: 22.06.2022
    3. Location: University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Nicola Low, Sven Trelle 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills
  • Prognostic Research: Concepts and Models

    In the statistical sessions we will guide you through the main steps in prognostic modelling. As well as using Cox and simple parametric survival models, you will be introduced to flexible parametric survival models in Stata as a powerful tool for fitting prognostic data. We will present methods to select prognostic variables and investigate their form with fractional polynomials, compare and choose candidate models using information criteria, and validate the chosen model. We will use splines to model prognostic factors whose effect varies over follow up time and will investigate interactions between predictors. Although statistical theory will be discussed in the lectures, the emphasis will be on practical application of the statistical methods. The practicals will give you experience of selecting prognostic factors and assessing them, choosing between different models, and fitting and validating a prognostic model.

    Objectives: By the end of this course participants will have:

    • An understanding of different types of prognostic research
    • An understanding of how prognosis is used in clinical decision making and in discovering new approaches to managing patients
    • Practical experience of analysing and assessing potential prognostic factors
    • Practical experience of developing and validating a prognostic model
    • An understanding of the quality of prognostic research and how it can be improved
    1. Dates: 31.08.2022 – 02.09.2022
    2. Registration: 30.06.2022
    3. Location: University of Bern
    4. Facilitator: Matthias Egger, Georgia Salanti 
    5. Topics: (Bio)Statistics
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis: a Practical Approach

    Many researchers will have to do one or several systematic reviews, and some will also want to combine results from several studies in meta-analysis. This intensive 3-day course will cover the principles and practical steps of systematic reviews, including the design and conduct of comprehensive literature searches, data extraction and presentation, assessment of bias in the included studies, synthesis of data and examination of publication bias and other biases. The statistical methods for combining results in meta-analysis will also be covered and the course will include practical exercises in R.


    Objectives: To enable participants to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses as part of their work, under the supervision of experienced reviewers.

    1. Dates: 17.10.2022 – 19.10.2022
    2. Registration: 17.08.2022
    3. Location: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), Bern
    4. Facilitator: Georgia Salanti, Matthias Egger 
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, Epidemiology
  • Principes généraux de la recherche clinique

    • Protocole de recherche
    • Principaux designs d’étude
    • Revue de la littérature
    • Statistiques descriptives
    • Estimation statistique
    • Introduction à l’utilisation du logiciel STATA
    1. Dates: 15.09.2031 – 17.09.2021
    2. Registration: 15.06.2021
    3. Location: University of Geneva
    4. Facilitator:  
    5. Topics: General Scientific Skills, (Bio)Statistics