Standalone Courses

Standalone (Individual​ Study) Courses


Individuals may be eligible for admission into the MSc Health Policy and Management Programme without the University Admission Test if they achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in three Standalone Courses or CGPA of 3.5 in two standalone courses. The validity of the standalone courses to be transferred to the MSc in Health Policy and Management will be for three years following the completion of the course.

The Courses

Injury Prevention & Control: Principles & Practice (2 credits)​

Human Resource for Health (2 credits)

Organizational Management (3 credits)

Programme Monitoring and Evaluation (2 credits)

Strategic Planning for Health (2 credits)

Qualitative Research Methods (2 credits)

Health Sector Reform (2 credits)

Quality Management in Health Services (3 credits)

Course Director: Prof. Rashid Jooma
(Registration Open)​

This introductory course on injury control will provide the essential knowledge and skills to understand the public health burden of injury and to be able to think through challenges in injury prevention and control in the local epidemiological, environmental, economic and policy milieu. The course would focus on road and occupational injury in the public health framework and will address the health system response to injuries including care of the injured through a trauma and emergency care system. This course examines the strategies used to engage policy makers and other stakeholders for having multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration. 

Class timings:
One class per week of 2 hours on Saturday for 11 weeks, October – December, 2015 

Course Director: Dr Narjis Rizvi
(Registration Closed)

Evidence suggests that health workforce is central for bringing improvements in health. Literature proves that health workers’ quantity and quality are positively associated with health service provision and hence health outcomes.  Health service providers are the human link connecting knowledge to health action.  They, in fact, deliver the health systems core values; prevent diseases, cure illnesses, relief pain, and mitigate risk. Adequacy and appropriateness of human resource requires recruitment, training and deployment of skilled health workers at each level of healthcare system in every sector; public, private or not for profit. Retention of proficient and motivated health workers is vital for the achievement of national and global health goals. Human Resource for Health (HRH) course aims to builds capacity to plan and manage the health workforce so that health services meet health needs. This is a 2-credit course and would require one class per week of 2 hours for eleven weeks. The course is designed to provide participants an understanding of significance of human resource in health outcomes, and human resource analysis and planning. The course intends to develop an insight on: the importance of health workforce; current profile of health workers in terms of numbers, types and distribution; strategies required to have relevant health workforce; and approaches for effective utilization of health workers.  The course will also equip participants with skills to analyse​ health workforce and develop a human resource plan for their district/province/organization.

Class timings:
One class per week of 2 hours on Saturday for 11 weeks, October –December, 2015

Course Director: Mr. Riaz Kamlani
(Registration Closed)

The course aims to equip students with basic healthcare management concepts and develops skill sets for organizational analysis. It offers an integrated approach to organizational management, particularly in the context of health care institutions. It enables the students to learn innovative ideas in health care management and prepares them for a leadership role in professional organizations. It also enables students to learn various challenges prevalent in health care and prepares them to effectively manage these.

Class timings:
One class per week of 3 hours on Saturday for 11 weeks, October – December, 2015 

Course Director: Dr Rozina Farhad Mistry
(Registration Open)

The course focuses on principles and methods of programme monitoring and evaluation in health system. It will describe the historical development, purposes, formulation and importance of programme monitoring and evaluation for health, education and social service professions. It will also equip students with understanding about designing the programme evaluation. The course will help individuals to understand the concepts, principles and processes of monitoring and evaluation, apply knowledge and skills of designing monitoring and evaluation (M&E). It will  also develop comprehensive understanding of the application of Logical Framework Analysis and Result Based Management in program planning and evaluation.

Class timings: 
One class per week of 2 hours on Saturday for 11 weeks, January – March, 2016

Course Director: Dr Ahson Rabbani
(Registration Open)

Leaders in a health system can structure their daily decisions if they are following a larger vision. This course will equip the participants with the theory and tools of strategic planning. By the end of the course each participant will develop a four-step strategic plan for an organisation, preferably their own, that includes an assessment of internal and external environment, determination of organisational direction, establishment of strategic objectives, and development of an implementation and monitoring plan.

Class timings:
One class per week of 2 hours on Saturday for 11 weeks, January – March, 2016

Course Director: Dr Rozina Karmaliani
(Registration Open)

This course provides a theoretical, practical, and critical understanding of qualitative research and its application in health research. Different paradigms, political and ethical issues are also highlighted to promote more critically informed inquiry process. The course follows the actual research process beginning from development of a research question, to conceptualising a research framework, identifying an appropriate methodology, developing specific set of skills for conducting key informant interviews, observations, focus group discussion and analysis. Hands on practical analysis on using computerized NVIVO programme is also provided.

Class timings:
One class per week of 2 hours on Saturday for 11 weeks, April – June, 2016 

Course Director: Dr Shehla Zaidi
(Registration Open)

This course will help participants to learn a structured approach for identifying health sector strengths and deficiencies and developing sustainable reform policies to improve health system’s performance. The course develops critical thinking on what is meant by health sector reform, its conceptual basis and exposes participants to different aspects of reform including regulation, financing, re-structuring, decentralization, drug reforms, etc.  in the context of low- and middle-income countries.   

Class timings:
One class per week of 2 hours on Saturday for 11 weeks, April – June, 2016

Course Director: Dr Fauziah Rabbani
(Registration Open)

The course will impart health care managers basic core competencies in managing quality in their respective work settings.  Using a systems approach participants will learn various methodologies for designing quality initiatives, measurement techniques, identifying gaps and preparing feasible action plans. Besides theoretical knowledge, practical examples and case studies will complement the learning process. The pedagogy includes interactive class room sessions, in class graded exercises, hands on computer skills on CQI tools, project development and field visits.

Class timings:
One class per week of 3 hours on Saturday for 11 weeks, April – June, 2016 

Enrolment Requirements​

  • ​An MBBS degree; or
  • A master’s degree in basic sciences or any social sector related subjects (business, economics, management, anthropology, sociology, demography, psychology, behavioural science, etc.);  or
  • A four-year bachelor's degree or equivalent in health sciences, social sciences, administration or related field.
  • The course does not have prerequisite coursework; however it is intended for individuals who have had minimum 1 year past work experience in health-related field and/or social sectors.  

How to Apply

Application for admission can be downloaded from here​​

Applications must be submitted at: 
Office of the Registrar
Graduate Programme Admissions
Aga Khan University
Stadium Road, P.O. Box 3500
Karachi 74800
Fax: (​092-21) 34934294
For query please contact:
Department of Community Health Sciences
Aga Khan University 
Tel: (092-21) 34864855 or 34864916

Course Participants

These courses are an opportunity to take advantage through such a wonderful academic faculty at AKU and improve our understanding and our critical thinking along with polishing our writing skills be it for any of the studies or research. No doubt, overall its one incredible learning experience".
Dr Saqib Ali Shaikh, Section Officer, Public Health, Govt. of Sindh

"This on campus course was just great! I was able to take care of my clinical commitments and then change gears and come into a class for my education. Would like to see more such standalone courses and guidance towards putting them together towards a University degree."  
Dr Hasanat Sharif, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Aga Khan University

"I am learning various ways of applying techniques in such an easy way that it turns tricky tools into smooth sailing boat. Classes are very interactive which boost participants’ level of confidence in pouring in their valuable ideas."
Dr Durenaz Jamal, Deputy Program Manager, EPI-Sindh