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Addressing corruption in the health sector

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.

Globally, substantial amounts of health funds are lost every single year due to corruption – more than enough to achieve Universal Health Coverage. Corruption in the health sector is the ignored pandemic and stands in the way of upholding the human right to health.


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 agencies to deliver this course. We are committed to offering value for money and therefore expect that if you are allocated a space on this course, you are also committed to completing it.


2 – 22 November 2020.

Who can apply

This course is primarily for U4 partner staff and their implementing partners in government and civil society working on health programmes.

We also accept guest applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations, such as the World Health Organisation, Global Fund, United Nations Development Programme, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Committee of the Red Cross and other agencies.

Guest applicants can apply by e-mail to . Please include your name, position and organisation with a note on your professional background and why you think you can benefit from this course.

U4 partner staff can apply by using the form below.

Course prerequisites

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

  • An overall picture of health sector corruption, its effect on service delivery, population health outcomes, and the unique challenges that present during global health emergencies.
  • Understanding what drives corruption and which methods you can use to assess corruption risks.
  • How to analyse corruption and governance related surveys, barometers, and indices – determining what they tell us about corruption in the health sector.
  • A conceptual framework for anti-corruption strategies and reforms, and the utility of political economy analysis in designing and applying anti-corruption approaches.
  • Lessons from cases where corruption related to informal payments, health procurement and pharmaceutical sector corruption have been addressed.

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

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We’re the team responsible for this course

Vera Devine

Senior Adviser and Online Course Coordinator