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.


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, 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

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)