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Addressing corruption in the health sector

9–27 September 2019. 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.


3 weeks.

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


9–27 September 2019.

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

Week 1

Examine the effects of corruption in each of the World Health Organisation’s Building Blocks for Health: leadership/governance; health care financing; health workforce; medical products and technologies; Information and research; and service delivery. Participants will also consider the consequences of corruption in the health sector, how to use Vulnerability to Corruption Analyses in this sector, and the role of power and influence in addressing health corruption risks.

Week 2

We take an in-depth look at informal payments, which are a substantial barrier to access to health care in the developing world.

Week 3

Learn how corruption effects the pharmaceuticals sub-sector and what can be done to reduce its impact.

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

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We’re the team responsible for this course

Vera Devine

U4 online course coordinator