Education and training have been central to The Union's work since it was founded in 1920. Through its courses, conferences, journals and other print and online publications, The Union seeks to transfer knowledge, skills and experience to the widest possible audience.
Union courses provide the knowledge and skills required by health care professionals and programme managers to develop public health programmes that are clinically sound and administratively effective.
Union courses are developed and taught by faculty of international and local experts with extensive teaching and field experience. To help ensure that participants are able to apply their new skills when they return to work, instructors use a variety of teaching methods, including lecture/discussion, group tasks, independent study and field experience.
Technical courses provide both comprehensive and specialised training in tuberculosis, HIV, child lung health, tobacco control and other topics. Formats range from multi-week international courses to workshops and custom-designed training. Curricula cover both theory and international best practices with emphasis on the challenges presented by limited-resource settings.
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The International Management Developments Programme (IMDP) was launched by The Union in 2004 in recognition of the fact that good management practices are an integral part of running an effective programme in public health. Skills in strategic planning, budgeting, logistics, human resource management, communication and more are required in addition to clinical expertise and experience. In IMDP, participants find these topics presented in the context of the challenges faced by managers in limited-resource settings
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The Union World Conference on Lung Health is the largest annual meeting focused on lung health issues as they affect low- and middle-income populations. Delegates from more than 100 countries attend the five-day conference, participating in a wide range of symposia, post-graduate courses, workshops and plenary sessions. Researchers from countries around the world come to present their challenges, experiences and solutions; and the excellent networking and lively community atmosphere are trademarks of this event.> More about the upcoming World Conference here
Region conferences are organised regularly by members of The Union's seven regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and South-East Asia. These gatherings provide training opportunities, present research and offer a variety of sessions focused on regional issues.
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The Union also offers a wide range of technical guides and other resources for low-income and limited-resource settings. Topics range from management of tuberculosis to smoking cessation. These guides and resources are downloadable at no charge.
> More details of The Union's publications and other resources here
The Union publishes the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IJTLD), a monthly peer-reviewed journal that is the reference for clinical research and epidemiological studies on tuberculosis and also offers articles on TB/HIV and respiratory diseases, such as asthma, acute respiratory infection, COPD and child lung health, as well as the hazards of tobacco and pollution. Union members receive the print or online journal as one of their benefits. Issues six months' back are accessible to all online at no charge.> To learn more about the IJTLD