Union Courses

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About The Union

The Union is a global scientific organisation with the mission to improve lung health among people living in poverty. Since our founding as a global scientific organisation in 1920, The Union has drawn from the best evidence and the skills, expertise and reach of our staff, consultants and membership in order to advance solutions to the most pressing public health challenges affecting people living in poverty around the world.

The Union is made up of a membership body of thousands of people around the world who help to advance our mission, and a scientific institute that implements public health projects within countries. For close to 100 years, we have been leaders in the fight against some of the world’s biggest killers, including tuberculosis, lung diseases and tobacco use.

The Union Courses

The Union provides regularly scheduled and tailored training courses in the following areas:

Tuberculosis and Lung Health Courses

These trainings cover clinical and programmatic aspects of tuberculosis (TB), multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), TB-HIV and lung health. Health practitioners and policy makers can learn technical skills and acquire information, which can enhance the implementation of public health programmes that provide quality diagnosis, treatment and care for patients. The participatory adult learning approach of the courses engages and challenges participants and at the same time allows for flexibility.


On-Request and Tailored Courses

The Union faculty and staff are ready to help you design courses and curriculum to meet your specific training needs. With expertise in the clinical, programmatic, and organisational management of diseases, our team has designed programmes for some of the leading lung health organisations in the world. We specialise in programmes designed to reduce the burden of lung disease, improve overall lung health, and better manage TB in low-resource settings. For more information, email unioncourses@theunion.org.


International Management Development Programme Courses (IMDP)

These courses train health professionals in the management competencies that are essential for healthcare programmes to provide quality care in low-resource settings.

The Union has designed a series of courses that address challenges faced by national programme managers and healthcare administrators in limited-resource settings. These courses aim to strengthen health systems, by training health professionals in the specific management competencies that are essential for healthcare programmes to provide quality care for patients.

These courses enable participants to:

  • Develop budgets to meet governmental and/or donor requirements
  • Coordinate the procurement and management of medicines and supplies
  • Handle human resources issues, such as motivating overworked staff
  • Create communications plans to disseminate important health messages
  • Adhere to practices needed to monitor and evaluate programme performance


Operational Research Courses

These programmes train promising individuals in implementing operational research, to improve health care delivery and public health.

The Union and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been offering operational research courses since 2009. In July 2012, The Union and MSF joined forces with the WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Geneva to form an initiative called the Structured Operational Research and Training IniTiative (SORT IT). The overarching goal of SORT IT is to improve health care delivery and public health through operational research. The Union also has a global operational research fellowship programme which nurtures and trains promising individuals in implementing relevant operational research, so that in turn they become inspiring implementers, leaders and teachers in operational research.  An operational research alumni network has been set up to foster research dissemination among research alumni.


Tobacco Control Courses

The Union’s tobacco control courses are designed to strengthen capacity for effective tobacco control programmes in countries with the highest burden of tobacco use. Technical training courses help countries meet requirements under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The courses are based on WHO FCTC guidelines, the MPOWER tobacco control strategy and global best practice.


Online Courses

The Union also offers a range of courses online, for those who are not able to attend training sessions in person.

This includes: