Basic Principles of Supply Chain Management for Health Systems


Course name Basic Principles of Supply Chain Management for Health Systems
Institution i+solutions
Location Online
Language English
Contact information

Carole Piriou

Phone: +31 348 748722


Course objective

Supply chain management (SCM) is a key to ensure that resources are utilized optimally and that essential health commodities reach their end-users. With developing countries spend up to a third of their healthcare budget on health commodities, SCM skills in managers and health workers are essential to enhance the performance of the supply chain cycle of medicines and medical supplies and ensure the success of health programmes.

The course 'Basics of supply chain management for health systems' details all the steps and functions of the supply chain cycle and places each of those steps within the perspective of health system strengthening.

The content has been developed by i+solutions experts based on years of experience as a pharmaceutical supply chain agent for various national and international organisations. The module is currently part of the MBA program in International Health Management administered by Swiss TPH in association with the University of Basel, Switzerland.

The course is an introduction to the entire supply chain cycle of medicines and medical supplies in the context of health system strengthening, which means the topics covered are numerous.
Here is a sample of some of the learning objectives:

  • Describe the different steps and functions of the supply chain cycle of medicines and medical supplies.
  • Understand the access-to-medicines framework and the concept of essential medicines.
    Interpret and discuss the role of managers, health workers and stakeholders on different levels of the health system in supply chain management.
  • Comprehend the need for, and ways to promote rational use of medicines.
  • Underline key issues related to monitoring and evaluation of supply chain management.
  • Critically analyse the supply chain system of a country and identify practical approaches for intervention strategies.
Sector Public
General course topics Variety/range of logistics topics in some detail
Specific course topics

Health system strengthening, access to medicines, essential medicines, human resources, supply chain cycle, selection of essential medicines, forecasting and quantification, procurement, storage, inventory management, distribution, rational use of medicines, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation.

Total time commitment 24
Focus commodity Health, including RH
Commodities covered This course covers health commodities in general, with a specific focus on essential medicines, including medicines to treat HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, as well as reproductive health commodities.
Accredited No
Accredited by N/A
Certificate name Certificate
Degree name Certificate of completion
Attendance mode Online
Attendance description

The course is taught online on i+academy, our e-learning platform, by expert facilitators from i+solutions. The interactive course materials are presented sequentially under the guidance of the facilitators who assist participants, answer questions and stimulate discussions. Lessons are complemented and enlivened by online activities such as discussion forums, quizzes, and assignments. The course is accessible from anywhere at any time and allows participants easy and regular interactions with the course facilitators and other participants during the learning process.

Incentives No
Logistics Topics Coverage % (estimate) 100
Audience Open Enrollment
Pre-requisites No
Course fee $550
Course fee description

The course fee covers attendance to the online course with support from an online facilitator and enrollment in an alumni course at the end of the session, which offers participants continuous access to the course material and the online participants community after the course is over.

Discount available No
Course included in analysis No
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