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Addressing corruption in the health sector

3-week, expert-led course. Improve your understanding of how corruption affects health systems, how it hinders access to health care, and what can be done about it. The course is suitable for development practitioners, public officials, and civil society activists working on health issues.

Globally, substantial amounts of health funds are lost every single year due to corruption – more than enough to achieve Universal Health Coverage. Corruption in the health sector is the ignored pandemic and stands in the way of upholding the human right to health.


Facilitated, expert-led course.

Free of charge.


3 weeks.

Participants will need 3–5 hours per week to review the material, contribute to discussions, and complete a short assignment. Support from U4 advisers and affiliated experts is available.

Committed participants wanted

You can take this course for free, but we use taxpayers' money coming from our partner agencies to deliver this course. We are committed to offering value for money and therefore expect that if you are allocated a space on this course, you are also committed to completing it.


Dates to be announced. Register your details to receive email updates.

Who can apply

This course is primarily for U4 partner staff and their implementing partners in government and civil society working on health programmes.

We also accept guest applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations, such as the World Health Organisation, Global Fund, United Nations Development Programme, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Committee of the Red Cross and other agencies.

Guest applicants can apply by e-mail to . Please include your name, position and organisation with a note on your professional background and why you think you can benefit from this course.

U4 partner staff can apply by using the form below.

Course prerequisites

In order to ensure a shared basic knowledge of definitions, terminology and concepts of corruption and anti-corruption, prospective participants must complete our self-paced Essentials of Anti-Corruption I module before they can take this course.

What you'll learn

  • What drives health sector corruption
  • Various methods we can use to assess corruption risks
  • How to analyse corruption- and governance-related surveys, barometers, and indices to determine what they tell us about corruption in the health sector
  • A conceptual framework for anti-corruption strategies and reforms and the importance of conducting political economy analysis before starting a reform initiative
  • How to include social accountability tools in designing and applying anti-corruption approaches
  • Lessons from reform initiatives to address informal payments, corruption in procurement, and corruption in the pharmaceutical sector

Questions about the course? Contact

Download course leaflet (PDF).

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Rachael Tufft
Senior Learning Technology Adviser