Scholar Level 1 certification course in

Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices (GRISP)

WHO Scholar Level 1 certification in routine immunization activity planning

Online – 36 hours

The purpose of the 2015 Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices (GRISP) guidelines is to reassert routine immunization as the foundation for sustained decreases in morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases across the life cycle of all individuals. Its focus is on the GRISP transformative investments, i.e. on areas of intervention that will change an entire immunization programme when implemented.

Applications for the 2020 cohort are now closed, but you are welcome to express your interest in this course.


Context for the course

Once challenges and barriers to the programme have been identified and the appropriate strategies to address these challenges have been found, activities have to be concretely planned within the annual operational EPI plan. In the current COVID-19 pandemic context, it is essential to plan effective strategies and activities to reach all children with vaccination.

This Level 1 certification course guides participants through the process of identifying the challenges, prioritizing the right transformative investment and strategies, and then developing activities suitable for incorporation into annual EPI planning, particularly focusing on COVID-19 situation.

What Scholars said about this course
“I found the whole concept of Transformative Investment valuable, novel and eye-opening, because it included concepts I never knew existed but which I found readily applicable to the immunization challenges in my country.”

Course schedule overview

14–18 September 2020 – Onboarding week
Join course platforms

16 September 2020 – Webinar 1: COVID-19 & RI

21–25 September 2020 – Orientation week
Complete short daily tasks to prepare your learning

23 September 2020 – Webinar 2: Gender and RI

28 September–2 October 2020 –Week 1
Identify one transformative investment and three strategies in the GRISP guidelines most relevant to your country context

5–9 October 2020 – Week 2
Peer review the selected transformative investment and 3 prioritized strategies of three other course participants

12–16 October 2020 – Week 3
Submit your GRISP activity plan to achieve better immunization outcomes

17 October–1 November 2020 – Term break

2–6 November 2020 – Week 4
Peer review three other course participants’ GRISP activity plans

9–13 November 2020 – Week 5
Peer review three other course participants’ GRISP activity plans

16–20 November 2020 – Week 6
Revise and finalise your own GRISP activity plan

Who should apply?

The course is most suitable for those directly supporting national immunization planning. We encourage National, sub-national, and district EPI management staff, WHO/UNICEF country and regional staff, in-country partner organization staff and consultants to apply. Women and staff new to immunization are also encouraged to apply.

Learning objectives

To successfully complete the course, you are expected to be able to:

  • Relate the recommendations and approach of the GRISP guidelines to your specific context, particularly COVID-19 situation.
  • Select transformative investments and areas of action that are likely to transform your national immunization programme and the work of global partners.
  • Define the problem and prioritize recommendations to select a suggested action that could have the greatest impact on the current state in your country.
  • Identify best practices in the suggested action through literature review, webinar attendance and dialogue with your peers.
  • Adapt innovative ways to implement transformative investments in your country context.
  • Compare and share best practices with practitioners from all over the world, drawing on global expertise from WHO.

What Scholars said about this course
“Being able to apply the GRISP transformative investments to my country context was very useful, as I had to take time to think through how we can do things differently to achieve the results.”

Added value

  1. Accelerated learning on the use of WHO guidelines on routine immunization strengthening particularly in the current COVID-19 pandemic context.
  2. Develop skills to identify and address a gender-related barriers to your projects/programmes outcomes.
  3. The main course project is intended to be directly applicable to the development of an annual EPI plan.
  4. Participants will work both in small groups (peer review) and as a community to compare and share best practices in immunization planning with WHO EPI staff from country offices and global experts from WHO, increasing collaboration across the WHO levels and with Partners, to work toward country impact.
  5. WHO will issue a certificate of participation to those who successfully complete all the requirements of the course.
  6. Develop your digital skills to collaborate and learn remotely, as a member of the WHO Scholar Alumni Community for Impact.

Resources and prerequisites

  • GRISP guidelines: Participants should download and familiarize themselves with these guidelines.
  • Experience and expertise: As an immunization professional, you should be familiar with both global guidance and recommendations, including the Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011–2020 (GVAP) and your specific context (Region, Sub-Region or Country).
  • Access to EPI data: For the country(ies) you support, you will be expected to have access to routine administrative coverage data, assessment reports for programme reviews, specialized assessments such as PIEs (Post-Introduction Evaluation), EVMs (Effective Vaccine Management) assessments and HW KAPs (Health Worker Knowledge Attitudes and Practices).

What you will do

  • Complete successive writing assignments to develop a set of transformative investment activities for inclusion in immunization planning.
  • Peer review the drafts of other participants to learn from and provide constructive inputs.
  • Revise your draft activities, drawing on what you learned from peer review, resources and ongoing dialogue in the course.
  • Contribute at least once a week to community dialogue and live online sessions.

What Scholars said about this course

“This course is getting better every day.”


Participants should expect to:

  • dedicate at least 6-8 hours per week to course work.
    participate remotely in the weekly, 60-minute group discussion that will take place online once a week. (Recordings of these sessions will be made available for those who are unable to attend for valid reasons.)
  • complete activities that have been divided into short daily tasks intended to be completed in 30 minutes.

Each set of course activities must be completed within a given week.

Participants may schedule their work at any time during the week, except for the weekly group session which is scheduled at a fixed day and time each week. (Those unable to attend for a legitimate reason will be asked to view the session recording to complete a catch-up task.)


Upon successful completion of the course and following validation of your final project and assignments by the course team and subject matter experts at WHO headquarters and regional offices, you will receive a certificate of participation from the World Health Organization and The Geneva Learning Foundation. Each certificate is valid for a duration of three years. Certificate holders agree to show upon request a portfolio of their work that includes the project(s) produced in the course.