Online courses

Addressing corruption in the health sector

2021 (Dates TBA) 3 weeks, expert-led course. Improve your understanding of how corruption hinders access to health care – and what can be done about it. Suitable for development practitioners, public officials, and civil society activists working on health issues.


Facilitated, expert-led course.

Free of charge.


3 weeks.

Participants will need 3 hours per week to go through the material and complete a short assignment.

Committed participants wanted

You can take this course for free, but we use taxpayers' money coming from our partner agences to deliver this course. We are committed to offering value for money and therefore expect that if you are allocated a space on this coures, you are also committed to completing it.


The next course will run in 2021. Dates to be announced.

Who can apply

This course is primarily for U4 partner staff and their guests in government and civil society who work on implementing health programmes. Partner staff can sign up directly, see below.

We have some spaces available for anti-corruption practitioners from NGOs and multilateral organisations. E-mail us at if you are interested, or if you are a U4 partner inviting a guest. Please include your name, position and organisation with a note on your professional background and why you think you can benefit from this course.

We will do our best to include all relevant applicants in the course.

Course prerequitsites

In order to ensure a shared basic knowledge of definitions, terminology and concepts of corruption and anti-corruption, prospective participants must complete our self-paced Essentials of Anti-Corruption I module before they can take this course.

What you'll learn

  • What constitutes health sector corruption and its effect on service delivery and population health outcomes.
  • What drives corruption and which methods you can use to assess corruption risks.
  • How to analyse corruption and governance related surveys, barometers, and indices, and determine what they tell us about corruption in the health sector.
  • How risk assessments can guide anti-corruption approaches, the value of the sectoral approach and ways to mainstream anti-corruption into health systems, programmes and projects.
  • Deep dives into critical corruption and health themes including informal payments, health procurement and the role of the pharmaceutical industry.

Questions about the course? Contact our course coordinator, Vera Devine.

View course leaflet (PDF)

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We’re the team responsible for this course

Vera Devine

U4 online course coordinator