HIV/AIDS - Prevention, Care, Treatment and Advocacy
- with special emphasis on programming
Despite promising developments in improved treatment and prevention programmes to address the HIV epidemic, the number of people living with HIV continues to grow, as does the number of deaths due to AIDS. To address the ongoing epidemic there is an urgent need for professionals with specialised expertise in HIV prevention, care, treatment and advocacy.
The University of Copenhagen is offering an intensive course on HIV/AIDS programming to professionals working in or aiming at a career in the field. The course covers the main aspects of HIV prevention, care, treatment and advocacy with special focus on global and national HIV strategies, social interpretation of the epidemic, preventive strategies as well as care and treatment strategies.
Upon completion of the course, participants will have strengthened their capacity to become better planners, managers, trainers and implementers of HIV programmes and integrated HIV and health activities.
This course will run next time in Spring 2014
Copenhagen School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen
The course takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark
This is an optional advanced course in the Master of International Health programme.
This course will run next tiem in Spring 2014 - exact dates tba.
Full time lectures and exercises, including a few days of individual or group study.
This course aims at providing participants with an in-depth theoretical and practical insight into how national HIV and AIDS programmes can be developed, integrated and maintained in a local, national and global perspective.
On completion of the course, participants should be able to:
- Critically appraise existing international and national HIV policies and strategies utilising appropriate modes of research and analysis (f. inst. epidemiological, socio-economic, etc.);
- Critically analyse and discuss barriers to testing, counselling, prevention and treatment at international, national, and community level in a systems perspective;
- Apply relevant theories and concepts to formulate an HIV/AIDS programme targeting a specific population group as part of an existing national response in a given country;
- Design and develop appropriate management strategies for HIV/AIDS programmes, including planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, in national and local contexts.
With improved access to ARV therapy in low- and middle income countries the response to the HIV pandemic has changed towards a more bio-medical approach. Whereas the international community has focused much on improving access to ARV therapy for people in need, often through vertical programmes, there is an increasing need to strengthen the capacity of professionals to translate protocols and guidelines into workable programmes for local health care systems and with a renewed focus on prevention.
The course content reflects local, national as well a global perspectives and is structured around the following themes:
- Programmatic responses to HIV
- Expanded access to ARV treatment programmes
- Involvement of civil society, such as NGOs, faith-based organisations and HIV-positive networks
The module is based on interdisciplinary teaching and problem oriented learning. Both lectures and group work are important components. Group work will mainly be used in relation to specific case studies. For each session, we consider the current state of research, as well as policy and practice and critically examine the underlying paradigms. In addition, site visits to relevant private, public or voluntary-sector organisations will form part of the course programme.
Thus, students are expected to actively participate in the learning process and prepare for the sessions by studying distributed and recommended reading materials. Students are encouraged to find and study additional literature themselves and extra-curricular ‘journal clubs', where participants present and discuss the results of their searches are organised. A group assignment will be initiated in the first course week, to be presented for other students and the course leader in the last week of the course.
Accredited 2010 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Four-hour open-book written examination using essay questions.
Grading according to the Danish 7-scale - internal moderation.
The applicants must live up to the Master of International Health admission criteria.
The number of participants is limited to 40. The course may be cancelled if there are less than 12 participants.
Reduced fee: DKK 18,500
For students from EU/EEA, and students with a DIS, Fulbright or Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Normal fee: DKK 25,000
For all other students.
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