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WHO Scholar Level 1 certification course on commitment and demand for vaccination

Increasing and maintaining vaccination uptake is vital for vaccines to achieve their success. For this reason, commitment and demand are a strategic priority for the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030). This means that immunization is valued and actively sought by all people, and health authorities commit to ensuring that immunization is available as a key contributor to enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right.

Do you want to learn about what drives vaccine uptake – and how to improve vaccination demand and coverage?

The World Health Organization (WHO) invites applications for the first cohort of the WHO Scholar Level 1 certification course on IA 2030 Strategic Priority 2 (SP2): commitment and demand.

The course content will focus on (1) what drives uptake of vaccines (2) practical steps and available tools to improve demand and equitable uptake of vaccines. This course will support participants to operationalize SP2 through the application of tools and strategies that are grounded in the IA2030 core principles: people-centered, country-owned, partnership-based, and data-guided.

Participants will walk away from this introductory course with a clear and actionable plan for improving demand and equitable vaccine coverage using the approaches outlined in the course content.


Who Should apply?

This interactive online course is targeted at: 

  • Immunization programme staff working in Ministries of Health (MOH) at national and sub-national levels, and
  • Staff working at WHO country offices, partner agencies, and universities that provide technical support to country MOH to achieve high demand and uptake of vaccination. This may include implementation of activities based on behavioural and social sciences, service design, communications, community engagement, as well as associated research.

Prior completion of the WHO Scholar Level 1 certification course on Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) is desirable for this course.

Course schedule overview

The course combines both live group discussions and offline individual activities. Active participation is required for the entire duration on the course.

Time required for the individual activities are indicative.

Three sessions where everyone will be together, online.

Monday 14 November 2022, 9h–12h Geneva time
Session 1 (3 hours): Understand the IA2030 Strategic Priority 2 for commitment and demand, share best practices, innovations and challenges with commitment and demand.

Tuesday 15 November, 9h–12h Geneva time 
Session 2 (3 hours): Work in groups to share experience and problem-solve context-specific challenges.

Tuesday 22 November, 9h–10h30 Geneva time
Session 7 (90 minutes): Presentation of action plans by participants with group discussion and feedback

Three sessions where everyone works offline on their country (or sub-national) action plan, with an optional daily peer support session

Wednesday 16 November to Monday 21 November 2022
Sessions 3–6 (4-6 hours)

The detailed course programme will be sent to selected participants before the start of the course.

What you will gain

  1. Work on a project that is intended to be suitable for implementation in your country (or sub-national) context, contribute to the strengthening demand for vaccination and equitable coverage.
  2. Connect with a global community committed to evidence-informed approaches for improving demand and uptake.
  3. Learn from your peers through both formal and informal dialogue as well as giving and receiving feedback.
  4. Compare and share best practices, innovations, and challenges with peers and global experts.
  5. Earn a WHO Scholar certificate to validate that you have learned about IA2030 Strategic Priority 2 and understand how to implement it in your country.
  6. Develop your digital skills to collaborate and learn remotely.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the IA2030 Strategic Priority 2 on Commitment and Demand and how its core principles can be applied.
  2. Understand what drives uptake and diagnose the reasons for under-vaccination.
  3. Develop an action plan to strengthen demand and uptake in your context.
  4. Share best practices, innovations, and challenges with professionals working in other countries.

Technical requirements

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they are able to meet the following requirements. 

  • Information technology: You will need to access web-based digital platforms, watch or download videos, download and upload documents, and use Zoom for live sessions. Participants need to have access to a reliable Internet connection and a standards-based browser less than two years old (Firefox, Safari, or Chrome). Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge users will be asked to use a standards-based browser for the course. Mobile-only users will need to use Mobile Chrome in desktop mode when working on their course projects.
  • Internet access: You need to be able to watch videos on YouTube. Specific guidance will be provided to those who have bandwidth limitations, intermittent access, or may suffer from disruption of their connection to the Internet.
  • Language: The course is being offered twice, once in French and once in English. Participants are encouraged to schedule extra time if they are not fully proficient writing in the course language.


Upon successful completion of the course and following validation of your coursework by the course team and subject matter experts at WHO headquarters, you will receive a certificate of participation from the World Health Organization. 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 Scholar.

Confidentiality and data protection

This initiative uses the Privacy by Design approach. This means that we think of privacy implication before offering a course, we don’t ask for information we don't need, and we protect the information you share. We take pride in treating our learners’ privacy the way we would like to be treated, as individuals. We will treat your information with respect.

Honor code

The Geneva Learning Foundation’s Scholar communities are devoted to learning and the creation of knowledge. We view integrity as the basis for meaningful collaboration. We thus hold honesty – in the representation of our work and in our interactions – as the foundation of our community.

Members of each Scholar community commit themselves to producing course work of integrity – that is, work that adheres to the scholarly and intellectual standards of accurate attribution of sources, appropriate collection and use of data, and transparent acknowledgement of the contribution of others to their ideas, discoveries, interpretations, and conclusions. Cheating on assignments or projects, plagiarizing or misrepresenting the ideas or language of someone else as one’s own, falsifying data, or any other instance of dishonesty violates the standards of our community, as well as the standards of the wider world of immunization.

Scholar course participants are required to adhere to a strict Honor Code. Violation of the Honor Code may result in removal from the course, loss of certification (including prior Scholar certificates), and notification of your employer.

Research and evaluation

The Geneva Learning Foundation and its partners may review projects developed by Scholars and may consider some of them for use in their communication, advocacy and training effort. You will be asked for consent in your application.

Learners may also be invited to participate in research and evaluation by the Geneva Learning Foundation and its partners. Participation in this research is completely voluntary, and you may stop taking part at any time. In cases where learners do not consent, no learner data will be collected. Participation or non-participation will have no effect on assessment of your performance in the course or your present or future relationship with the organizations involved.