course ID: 2020_cCBPM

Community-Based Participatory Methods in Public Health: Understanding, informing and co-creating


The importance of Community-Based Participatory Methods in Public Health has grown significantly. This is in line with the shift towards ecological models which bring the community at the heart of interventions, services, and policies and by focusing on engaging individuals, hospitals, health service providers, social organisations, and government officials to develop partnerships and co-create positive change. CBPM position public health professionals and researchers and communities as partners who engage in the design, execution, and application of programmes and services that meet their needs. The Covid-19 global crisis has revealed once again the importance of understanding, engaging and working with communities to support pandemic management responses that consider local realities and needs. Community engagement and cooperation are needed more than ever to develop and harness the communal effort required by sustainable pandemic management.

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 the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 


At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand why and for which purposes CBPM are useful;
  • Understand the key concepts, methods, and applications of CBPM;
  • Understand how to use community-based participatory methods in designing and planning health programmes and services;
  • Understand which participatory methods to use for community-based interventions.
  • Be able to critically assess the strengths and limitations of community-based participatory methods in public health.

Maria Amalia Pesantes

Researcher at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima Peru

Nadina Luca

Lecturer at The University of York, Management School