TVEE Publishes Open Source Health Economics Courses on OpenCourseWare
The Teaching Vaccine Economics Everywhere (TVEE) project is pleased to announce that three modules from its vaccine economics curriculum are now available to the public for free on the JHSPH OpenCourseWare (OCW). The modules published are Health Economics for Vaccines, Costing in Vaccine Planning and Programming, and Economic Evaluation and are available here. Anybody can now download lecture slides, syllabi and exercises from this curriculum. Instructors can freely adapt this material for their own courses with attribution under the terms of Creative Commons licensing.
“I think anyone who has to teach or study health economics and economic evaluation will find something useful whether or not they are specifically interested in vaccines, “said David Bishai, the leader of the TVEE project. The courses cover general principles and illustrate them with examples from decisions typically facing vaccine policy makers in low and middle-income countries.
This curriculum uses a mix of training methods including lectures, guided discussion, case analysis, group work, assignment, and experiential learning. It is designed for mid-career professionals who are involved in planning and implementation of immunization programs and projects as well as early career students in health economics.
The TVEE curriculum is currently being taught at training workshops in South Africa, Uganda, Pakistan and India. Each module requires about 16 to 20 hours to complete.
Later this year the project will release three additional courses on Program Evaluation; Systems, Logistics and Operations; Financing, Resource Tracking, and Affordability of Vaccine Programs. Learn more about the TVEE project, workshops and activities at immunizationeconomics.org/tvee.
The Teaching Vaccine Economics Everywhere project’s focus is on capacity building in applied vaccine economics and includes a multi-disciplinary team of experienced economists, health systems specialists and vaccine program experts from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), WITS School of Public Health, Makerere University, Aga Khan University and Indian Institute of Hospital Management Research. The project’s curriculum is customized with examples based on local context. TVEE involves a global network of professionals who apply economic principles to vaccine policymaking. Through these activities, this project seeks to build sustained demand and supply for training opportunities involving the curricular materials and workshops at partner institutions.
The TVEE project is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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