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Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

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Build alliances in global health using polio eradication as a case study

This hands-on course will prepare you to overcome the challenges associated with alliance building within the global health sector.

Using The Global Polio Eradication Initiative as a case study, you’ll address the themes of political advocacy, policymaking, health communications and wider community engagement.

Discuss the value of and best practices for building alliances in global health

You’ll gain an in-depth look at the process of alliance building using The Global Polio Eradication Initiative; an exemplar of global partnerships between UN agencies, the private sector, non-governmental actors, civil society organisations and local communities.

You’ll learn about the wide variety of stakeholders present throughout the policy and planning processes, and will also get an insight into the challenges that can sometimes occur due to resistance, opposition and even hostility.

Apply communication and community engagement strategies to disease control programmes

Using the polio eradication effort as a case study, you’ll address political advocacy and community engagement, and will also explore the politics and interpersonal relations required to build a global health programme.

You’ll also reflect upon the lessons learned from the polio eradication effort.

Study with experts from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Convening the Synthesis and Translation of Research and Innovations from Polio Eradication (STRIPE)- a project bringing together polio experts from around the world – you’ll be learning from the best minds at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; a leading global institution in healthcare.

Many lecturers who teach the course are partners as part of STRIPE, and these partnerships are recognised within every lecture.

What topics will you cover?

• Building global alliances and engaging national governments
• Policy, process, stakeholders, and context for vaccination programs and eradication
• Policy engagement in conflict settings
• Health communications and behavior change
• Community engagement and social mobilization
• Applying lessons from polio eradication to non-polio efforts

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people working or aspiring to work on global infectious disease control programmes.

It is suitable for people working in non-governmental organisations (NGOs), ministries of health, public health agencies, international organisations, healthcare systems, and academic institutions.

Who developed the course?

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, America’s first research university, is committed to the pursuit of lifelong learning, independent research, and sharing the benefits of discovery with the world.


The Synthesis and Translation of Research and Innovations in Polio Eradication (STRIPE) project seeks to map, synthesize, and disseminate knowledge from the polio eradication initiative using an implementation science lens.