School of System Change

We know that growing a global community of change agents is our best chance to accelerate a transition to a sustainable future. Want to know more?

Health systems leaders from across Europe, Middle East and Africa are invited to join us for our health-focused course kicking off in June 2022, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation. This six-month, fully online learning journey will help you navigate complex challenges, map and diagnose systems and engage others with far-reaching change processes.

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Building resilient health systems

What will I get from the course?

Course structure & format

Is this for me?


Course fees

More information

How to apply

About the Johnson & Johnson Foundation

Building resilient health systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the health and wellbeing of citizens globally, placing major strain on healthcare, education, jobs and the wider economy. More than ever, we acknowledge the need for a holistic approach to transform health systems. Health is more than curing people - health is intrinsically linked with wellbeing and sustaining good health. A shift is needed from disease-centric to resilience-centric thinking. How might we build resilience at the individual, community and systems level? This programme, a partnership between the School of System Change and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, will engage health system leaders across Europe, Middle East and Africa to rethink health system transformation and equip participants with the tools and methodology to practice and embed a systems approach in their respective work.

What will I get from the course?

The participants of Basecamp for Health System Transformation will complete this learning journey:

  • Capable of understanding and diagnosing complex systems
  • Equipped with a toolkit of varied systemic methods and approaches for developing and working on multi-stakeholder projects
  • Prepared to make the right choices about where and how to act to create positive change
  • Having tested their learning on complex, real-life health-related challenges
  • Ready to lead transformational change in their own field
  • Linked to a powerful international network of people and support

Course structure & format

This 6-month virtual learning experience will be delivered through:

  • Peer-learning with an international cohort of change leaders
  • Facilitated online sessions for the full cohort and smaller groups via video call, with over 75 hours of instruction time across the course
  • 1-to-1 coaching, with feedback and support from an experienced facilitator to support your growth as a systems change practitioner
  • Opportunity to apply your learning to a live health-related challenge in small groups via a Fieldwork project
  • A tailored online learning environment and set of resources
  • Reading, exercises and reflection to be completed in your own time
  • Optional additional support to develop your own facilitation skills

The course runs from June to December 2022, and is structured as follows:


Dates & Times

How much time will I need to commit?

Course kick off

8th to 10th June 2022, 09:00-13:00 BST / 10:00-14:00 CEST

12 hours of introductory activities split across 3 days 

First online intensive learning week

13th to 16th June 2022, 09:00-13:00 BST / 10:00-14:00 CEST

16 hours of facilitated learning time split across 4 days

Fieldwork - collaborative team project

June to August 2022, flexible hours to be agreed with your group

Approximately 5 hours per week working with your fieldwork team

Mid-term online gathering

31st August to 2nd September 2022, 09:00-13:00 BST / 10:00-14:00 CEST

12 hours of facilitated learning time split across 3 days

Online learning with peer group and 1-to-1 coaching

September to October 2022, flexible hours

Approximately 5 hours per week of online group sessions, reading, individual exercises, and coaching time

Second online intensive learning week

31st October to 4th November 2022, 09:00-13:00 GMT / 10:00-14:00 CET

20 hours of facilitated learning time split across 5 days

Online learning with peer group and 1-to-1 coaching

November to December 2022, flexible hours

Approximately 5 hours per week of online group sessions, reading, individual exercises, and coaching time

Closing sessions

14th & 15th December 2022, 09:00-13:00 GMT / 10:00-14:00 CET

8 hours of facilitated learning time split across two days 

Is this for me?

This programme is designed for a cross-section of professionals who can influence health systems at a regional, national or local level. We are not only looking for people who work in healthcare settings, but also those whose work contributes to the wider health of society. We expect that our participants will have varied backgrounds and contexts and this is fine (and in fact desired). We aim for diversity across the cohort to include a variety of perspectives in health systems - from multiple types of organisation, contexts, worldviews & experiences.

We’ll be looking for a mix of health-related issue expertise to form a strong cohort of around 20 participants, from organisations such as:

  • Public-sector providers of public, community or primary care 

  • Public-private partnerships in health, health system strengthening, health system transformation 

  • NGOs focusing on health, capacity building, asset development (or community development where health plays a major role)

  • Private healthcare providers interested in exploring resilience nurturing as a new way to deliver health interventions at individual, community or primary care level

  • Government and healthcare insurance agencies representatives, assessment departments or policy units

  • Professional medical or patient advocacy organisations

Participants not suitable for the programme include those who work for pharmaceutical or medical device companies, and consulting firms in the health sector.

We expect you will have a strategic role and/or capacity to experiment and advocate for new models of care within your ecosystem and aspire to spark transformational change in the way health is governed, financed, organised and delivered.

You must have a strong command of the English language, which is the language of instruction for all pedagogical materials.

As a participant, you will identify a specific complex health-related challenge, and commit to exploring that challenge (although it may evolve) during your applied learning journey - meaning that you’re up for scoping or planning a new piece of work, re-visiting a strategy, or otherwise shifting or building on your current work as you learn and test out your new skills.

Last but not least, participants must commit to participating in all of the online sessions and contributing constructively to peer group learning. You need not be based in Europe but will need to be able to join the online sessions at the times listed above.


Dr Anna Birney

Anna is Director of the School of System Change, overseeing the learning and curriculum and driving the vision and ambition internationally. Anna brings years of practical experience equipping people, businesses, NGOs and others with cutting edge tools for system change and deeper thinking and inquiry from her research.

Marion Birnstill

Marion is Senior Manager Global Community Impact EMEA at Johnson & Johnson Foundation and a seasoned global health and partnering professional with close to 15 years’ experience spanning a career working for leading organisations across the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Course fees

The fees for this course are subsidised thanks to the contribution of our programme partner the Johnson & Johnson Foundation. Places are limited, and successful applicants will be asked to make a contribution of £500 each to secure their place on the programme.

In the event of unjustified absence or drop out, you will be requested to pay back the value of the full course fee (£7500 / £5250 / £3750 depending on your organisation type) to the School of System Change. 

The School of System Change team will manage the selection of participants who apply to the programme. We aim for diversity across the cohort to include a variety of perspectives in health systems – from multiple types of organisation contexts, worldviews & experiences. As part of this, Government Officials and Health Care Professionals can apply to the programme and will have to meet the relevant selection criteria and comply with all applicable rules and, if selected, would comprise a small proportion of a wider mix of participants.

More information

We understand it's a big step to take on a new course, especially alongside a full-time job. We will be hosting two online info sessions where you can learn more about the programme, meet the team and get answers to your questions:

  • Info session 1: Thursday 31st March, 12-1pm BST - Registration closed
  • Info session 2: Monday 11th April, 5-6pm BST - Registration closed

If you have any further queries, please email [email protected] and we'll do our best to help.


How to apply

**Applications are now closed**

All applicants will be contacted via email and final decisions will be made by 16th May.

About the Johnson & Johnson Foundation

The Johnson & Johnson Foundation focuses its work through the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation (CHWI). Its mission is to support and champion the people on the front lines who are at the heart of delivering care. Together with its partners, the Foundation is committed to health system transformation. It focuses on advocating and supporting new models of care that demonstrate a shift from traditional curative healthcare delivery models to new community health models that cultivate resilience and promote holistic health for individuals, communities, and systems.