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Building health systems capacity in global health graduate programs: reflections from Australian educators

Joel Negin1*, Alexandra Martiniuk23, Chris Morgan4, Philip Davies5 and Anthony Zwi6

Author Affiliations

1 Senior Lecturer in International Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Edward Ford Building (A27), Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia

2 Senior Research Fellow, George Institute for Global Health, and Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

3 Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

4 Principal Fellow, Burnet Institute, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne School of Population Health, Melbourne, Australia

5 Professor of Health Systems & Policy, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Australia

6 Professor of Global Health and Development, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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BMC International Health and Human Rights 2012, 12:14  doi:10.1186/1472-698X-12-14

Published: 24 August 2012

Abstract

There has been increasing focus on the role of health systems in low and middle-income countries. Despite this, very little evidence exists on how best to build health systems program and research capacity in educational programs. The current experiences in building capacity in health systems in five of the most prominent global health programs at Australian universities are outlined. The strengths and weaknesses of various approaches and techniques are provided along with examples of global practice in order to provide a foundation for future discussion and thus improvements in global health systems education.