Institute for Global Health


Health Management: Planning & Programme design

Expertise in management of health programmes is increasingly important, particularly in district or regional settings.  This module introduces key programme design concepts and combines theory and practice, allowing participants to develop insights and knowledge that can be applied in the field.  Participants examine a range of health management issues, including project financing, human resource planning and the use of data for decision-making.  Students are also taught the logical framework and theory of change approaches to project planning.

This module centres on a simulation exercise of a health programme mission in a resource-poor setting.  You will work in a team using a logical framework approach to define a target population and formulate programme objectives within the context of a country's national development goals.

Module Code: GLBH0014

UCL Credits: 15

Module Organisers: Prof Therese Hesketh Please direct queries to the course administration team in the first instance igh.adminpg@ucl.ac.uk

Who can study this course?

MSc/PG Dip Global Health and Development students, other UCL MSc/PG Dip students, Taster course students, Short course students

Admission Requirements

MSc and PG Dip students: Open to all UCL MSc/PG Dip Global Health and Development, and to any UCL MSc/PG Dip students.

Taster students: UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant/allied subject awarded with a 1st or upper 2nd class Honours or an equivalent qualification.  Two academic or professional reference letters.

Short course students: Professional work experience in a relevant area and/or UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant/allied subject awarded with a 1st or 2nd class Honours or an equivalent qualification.

In addition to the above, all students must demonstrate a GOOD standard of English Proficiency with 6.5 in each of the subtests.

Course length3 weeks 
Course datesTBC
Days and times




  • Introduction to management
  • Human resources and leadership
  • Planning and decision-making
  • Budgeting and preparing grants
  • Data and decision-making
  • Needs Assessment
  • Logical Framework analysis

Practitioners from NGOs and academia will lead some of the lectures.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, private reading, group discussions and group and individual exercises.


Oral presentation (20 min PowerPoint presentation followed by 10 mins of questions) 100%

Assessment Date