This COIL course will focus on developing a deeper understanding of health systems as they are across the globe with a focus on the US and Kenyan Health systems, and the (possible) re-adaptation of the same considering the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students will be expected to work together in cross-cultural teams to solve a problem in a specific disease state or health system issue that affects both countries.

Programme Objectives

The course will be structured to achieve 4 objectives:

  • Culture:
    Learn about each other’s cultures and business practices
  • Healthcare System:
    Understand both countries healthcare systems and challenges
  • COVID-19 Impact:
    Evaluate COVID-19’s impact on local health systems and on the business of healthcare. Evaluate each countries response, current status and preparedness;and interrogate how innovation could help address the constraints of health systems iron triangle on both countries COVID-19 responses
  • Healthcare Challenge:
    Collaborate in small groups to resolve a contemporary healthcare challenge – epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response, drawing on the experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic in both countries.

Target Participants

This programme is targeted towards UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School students and SBS students currently enrolled for the MBA Healthcare Management programme at No cost.

Programme Delivery

Each class will consist of 4 elements:

  • SBS lecture
  • UNC lecture
  • Guest Speaker, and
  • Student Excercise

Course Outline

Session 1: (a) Intro to the course, objectives, schedule, process.  (b) Introduction to global health, Infectious disease epidemiology, COVID-19. (c) Intro to the projects, project model, project teams. (d) intro to culture active

Session 2: Culture Active and Cultural Learning Experience

Session 3: (a) Health system politics, economics and policy-making. (b) The Health system in the US and in Kenya

Session 4: Comparative health system challenges and opportunities

Session 5: Health systems and Innovation: understanding healthcare innovation (forward/backward, grassroots/open/reverse, push and pull), the innovation context in Kenya/Africa and the US, building an innovation ecosystem, global diffusion of innovations

Session 6: Accelerating the scale and pace of innovation/Diffusion of healthcare innovation: Connecting the dots

Session 7: Project Presentations

Session 8: Project presentations

Post Class:  Reflection Paper

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is an approach that brings students and professors together across cultures to learn, discuss and collaborate as part of their class.

Professors partner to design the experience and students partner to complete the activities designed. COIL becomes part of the class, enabling all students to have significant intercultural experiences within their course of study.


The programme is delivered by a high-powered faculty team from both Strathmore University Business School (SBS) and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (UNC).

Through the integrated expertise, participants gain a comprehensive view of healthcare systems strengthening especially during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The distinct needs of healthcare systems in both Kenya and the USA will also be considered.

Institute of Healthcare Management

The face of healthcare is dynamic and more complex than ever, with technological innovations, new treatments, new laws & regulations, and new types of healthcare service delivery models.

In addition to negotiating the day-to-day demands of a busy and complex organisation, healthcare delivery leaders need to evaluate and understand the impact of different healthcare delivery models and major service delivery programmes in specific disease areas.

We have developed over time of programmes to help healthcare leaders and managers cope with this ever-changing landscape.

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Courses Brochure Request Form

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Developing Great African Leaders

Key Details

Date: October 25 – December 13

Mode of Delivery: Online

Class Schedule:

Mondays, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM (EAT) | 12:30 – 1:45 PM (EST)

For more information, write to Maryanne on:


Cell: +254 (0) 794 864 461

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