course ID: 2020_cMSA

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.  Participants will be asked to identify and analyse incentives and opportunities for multisectoral action within their own local context.


At the end of the course, the 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, incentives and opportunities, tools and models to support multisectoral collaboration for health
  • identify existing locally relevant multi-sectoral mechanisms and explore ways these can be better harnessed
  • understand challenges and implications of multisectoral approaches.


No prerequisites, but the course will mostly benefit individuals working in the health sector, or those working in public policy, such as policy makers and managers, implementation researchers, people involved in development programs that have a health component or impact on the determinants of health.

Pedagogical method:

Virtual Lectures, On-line group work/tutorials, case studies, self-study.

Carmel Williams

Associate Professor University of Adelaide (AUS)

Director Centre for Health in All Policies Research Translation, Health Translation SA, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Nicole Valentine

Social Determinants of Health and Equity Technical Officer, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva (CH)

Kevin Morisod

Physician, research assistant from Department Vulnerabilities and Social Medicine at Unisanté Lausanne, CH