Understanding and Strengthening Health Systems is an online course offered by Johns Hopkins University. This course provides an overview of the main elements of a health system based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines. Topics covered in this course include understanding health service organizations and their challenges, the need for community participation in planning, delivery and assessment of system components, human resource development and capacity building, and health policy and advocacy for stakeholders. This beginner level course is taught through a series of videos and readings over the course of 4 weeks. A quiz is completed every week to gauge the individual’s understanding of the material. In addition, one peer reviewed assignment must be completed. It is recommended that 2 to 4 hours a week are used to complete all course materials. Those who receive passing grades on all the graded materials will complete the course.