Competency-Based Learning: Introduction
World Health Organization (WHO) staff need ongoing learning to equip themselves to deal with modern emergencies. This short course provides an introduction to the WHO Health Emergencies Programme’s learning strategy, the competency-based approach that underlies it and how it can be used to design and deliver training. The learning package consists of two modules, with explainer videos and a quiz at the end.
Self-paced
Language: English

Course information

Overview: The WHO Health Emergencies Programme’s (WHE) learning strategy provides an overarching learning and training framework for all learning and training activities staff working in health emergencies. The strategy adopts a competency-based approach that uses a set of competencies that are considered essential for individuals and teams working in health emergencies. This short course provides an introduction to the WHE learning strategy, the competency-based approach that underlies it and how it can be used to design learning and training. There are two short explainer videos and a quiz to test your knowledge.

Learning objectives: By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • State the strategy that guides learning and training within WHE;
  • List the three main learning pathways in the WHE learning strategy;
  • Describe what a competency is and its three main components;
  • List the two main groups of competencies in the WHE competency framework;
  • Describe the 6 core competencies in the WHE competency framework;
  • List at least one behavioural indicator for each of the core competencies; and
  • Describe an approach that can be used to integrate the competency framework into learning.

Course duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.

Certificates: Participants can gain a record of achievement by earning more than 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.

Target audience: This course is intended for all members of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, as well as anyone, both inside and outside of WHO, who is interested in organisational learning and learning strategies for health emergencies.

Course contents

  • Module 1: An introduction to the WHE learning strategy:

    In this module, we will take a look at the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme learning strategy. We will learn about what it is and how it uses a competency-based approach to learning within the Health Emergencies Programme. We will learn about the three main learning pathways, the different components that make up a competency and the two main groups of competencies – core competencies and functional competencies.
  • Module 2: Core competencies and how to use the framework:

    In this module, we will take a look at the 6 core competencies in the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE). We will take a look at what they are and what behavioural indicators can be used in each of these competencies. We will also take a look at a practical approach that can be used to integrate the competency framework into learning.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a record of achievement by earning more than 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.

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