Learning and professional training opportunities for public sector health commodity managers


LAPTOP serves as an information clearinghouse on professional development opportunities for health commodity managers in developing countries. The database includes courses that focus on the development of practical skills that have the potential to result in more professional management of public sector supply chains and therefore in improved product availability in country. These include classroom-based courses and workshops, self-directed distance learning programs, and degree programs.

Contact information

For more information about course specifics, please contact the organizations 
offering the courses. For questions about LAPTOP, contact 

Course providers: 

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Course information/User notes

Using LAPTOP, users can find and organize courses in a variety of ways:

  • From the LAPTOP homepage users can obtain a list of courses by category.
  • Users can search the database using the magnifying glass icon and sort by clicking on the field headers.
  • Users can download course information to Excel or PDF.
  • By double-clicking on an entry in the database, users will be directed to all of the course’s details.

The table below explains the information available and where it can be found.

Approach used to research course database

To find relevant courses for the database, in 2009 and 2010, the LAPTOP development team conducted an Internet search. Using Google, the team searched for several combinations of key terms in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. A sampling of these terms follows.

Supply chainChaîne d'approvisionnementCadena de suministro 
Public healthSanté publiqueLa salud pública 
Reproductive healthSanté de la reproductionSalud reproductivaSaude reprodutiva
CommoditiesProduits pharmaceutiqueInsumos Medicamentos
Commodity managementGestion des produits pharmaceutiquesGestión de insumosGestão da Cadeia de Suprimentos

Websites of organizations involved in public health logistics were also searched for references to training opportunities. In addition to Internet searches, the team compiled its knowledge of organizations offering courses based on electronic announcements circulated by colleagues and notices posted to groups such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL).

The team encountered a few challenges through its review of hundreds of websites. A plethora of private-sector oriented supply chain courses exists at universities, so only a sampling from each region of the world were listed since these courses are not entirely applicable to a public health audience and because there were too many to list in the database. In this context, the courses in the database are representative of typical offerings but not an exhaustive inventory. 
The site also contains links to allow course providers to provide information about courses to help keep the database up-to-date. After the provided information is reviewed, it will be available in the database.

The quality of the courses listed has not been assessed. For more information about the courses, please contact the organization offering the course.