Lugano, Switzerland

Community-based Participatory Methods in Public Health

blended course
when 19 August 2024 - 21 August 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee CHF 850

The importance of Community-Based Participatory Methods (CBPM) is increasingly recognized within the field of Public Health. Participatory approaches are in line with the shift towards ecological models which bring the community at the heart of interventions, services, and policies. CBPM aim to engage individuals, hospitals, health service providers, social organizations, and government officials to develop partnerships and co-create positive change. CBPM enable public health professionals, researchers and communities to work as partners in the design, execution, and application of programmes and services that address their health needs. CBPM are of particular relevance in the context of the efforts to address health inequalities and support vulnerable groups. Community engagement and cooperation are needed more than ever to develop and harness the communal effort required to support sustainable responses that are grounded in local realities and needs. CBPM are uniquely positioned to ensure that responses are based on understanding, engaging and working with communities.

This course aims to provide participants with knowledge about the key principles, methods, concepts and techniques of community-based participatory methods and the practical application of CBPM in the context of public health. Participants will learn how CBPM can be applied in the design, implementation and evaluation of public health programmes (i.e. health promotion, prevention of disease and management of chronic illness). It will also facilitate a space of reflection to examine how CBPM can be used to support interventions to tackle health inequalities.

Course leader

Dr. Nadina Luca & Dr. M. Amalia Pesantes

Course aim

By the end of the course participants will:
- Understand why and for which purposes community-based participatory methods are useful;
- Understand key concepts, methods, and applications of community-based participatory methods;
- Understand how to apply community-based participatory methods in health programmes;
- Understand which participatory methods are appropriate for community-based interventions;
- Be able to critically assess the strengths and limitations of community-based participatory methods in public health.

Credits info

1 EC
In order to get the Certificate of completion and the 1 ECTS participants MUST:
- Attend at least 80% of the course;
- Attend the plenary(s) offered during the days of the course;
- Group work: create a proposal/plan for a community based participatory project (this can be based on participants’ own experience or to address a health problem in their own country);
- A 10-minute PowerPoint/Prezi presentation of the plan to deliver in class;
- Contribution to class, forum discussions and exercises.

Fee info

CHF 850: Online participation. 850 CHF as early bird price (until May 1st), 1000 CHF as normal price (after May first).
CHF 1000: Onsite participation. 1000 CHF as early bird price (until May 1st), 1200 CHF as normal price (after May first).


Discounts are available for PhD and Master students and participants from LMICs. Some scholarships are available especially for participants from LMICs.