course ID: 1.6

Multisectoral approaches for health: Implications for Policy and Practice


This course provides an introductory perspective on determinants of health, equity and multisectoral approaches. Building on earlier debates on determinants of health it will discuss why multisectoral approaches and collaboration are needed to advance the Agenda 2030 health goal.  Practical examples of multisectoral collaborations will be reviewed in form of group work and case studies to provide the participants with an understanding of different models of multisectoral collaboration, their implications as well as the challenges and ways to overcome them.


At the end of the course participants:

  • are familiar with the various terms used to convey a holistic approach (e.g. intersectoral, multisectoral, Health in All Policies) and their meanings in policy, implementation and practice
  • have an understanding of how multisectoral action can improve health outcomes and equity through addressing determinants of health
  • are aware of approaches, key entry points, tools and models to support multisectoral collaboration for health
  • understand challenges and implications of multisectoral approaches


No prerequisites, but the course will mostly benefit individuals working in the health sector, such as policy makers and managers, implementation researchers, people involved in development programs that have a health component


Carmel Williams


Manager Strategic Partnerships Unit, Department of Health and Ageing, South Australia Health, Government of South Australia

Nicole Valentine


Expert from Social Determinant of Health Unit, WHO

Claude Meyer

Resource person for case study

Coordinator P4H Social Health Protection Network, WHO


Karin Gross

Course coordination

Health Policy Advisor, Global Programme Health, SDC, EDA