In April-May 2018, another public health training course conducted under the supervision of the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine jointly with the O.O.Bogomolets National Medical University (NMU) and the NMU Ukrainian Family Medicine Training Center with the expert and financial support of the USAID HIV Reform in Action Project took place in Kyiv.The training course consisted of four specialized modules:
1. April 16-20: Introduction to Public Health, Systems, Policy, Ethics, Management and Leadership.
2. April 23-27: Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Public Health Professionals.
3. May 21-25: Public Health M&E, Data Quality, Data Use and Informatics.
4. April 28 – June 01: Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.
“The best thing about the course is the demand and waiting lists of those who want to study, there were six candidates per place this year, and this is the fourth training course on modern aspects of public health, and every next course differs from the previous one. We are constantly modifying exercises and updating the topics, as Ukraine reforms its health system and the requirements to public health specialists and their competences are being clearly defined, ” said Mariia Makovetska, Senior Advisor: Outreach and Partnerships, USAID HIV Reform in Action Project.
The training course was attended by 26 participants, including doctors, epidemiologists, M&E people, finance experts, lawyers, etc. from Volyn, Cherkasy, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattia oblasts and city of Kyiv.
Among the faculty were the leading experts from the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, US CDC Representative Office in Ukraine, USAID HIV Reform in Action Project, the NMU Ukrainian Family Medicine Training Center and KCSA Public Health Center who shared practical knowledge about the health reform process, epidemiology and biostatistics, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, building effective communication, policy development. Special attention was paid to the health reform, new approach to health financing and service delivery, and to how the MOH and HCF sub-units at the regional level would be reorganized.
“In mid-2016, when the first public health training course was piloted, we considered it to be an efficient resource for rapid dissemination of understanding of public health principles and implementation of basic public health tools for an important cohort of managers who have already had a great deal of experience at the national and regional level but who needed a quick and quality retraining. The actual purpose of the training course was to bridge this gap” – summarized Natalia Nizova, Advisor to the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine.
The next training course is scheduled for the fall of 2018 as part of the HR capacity building initiatives of the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. In the future, we hope to launch a Public Health Master’s Program the educational standard for which is about to be finalized thus ensuring a solid training for public health professionals