Human Resources for Health

Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)

Program Description

Human Resources for Health

Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)

This course provides knowledge and skills that health care managers, policy makers and planners need for human resource planning and management. It discusses policies, strategies and practices at a national and workplace level to address health workforce issues.

This course is tropEd accredited and can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the Master in International Health or Master in Public Health programmes.


How can policy makers and managers improve the performance of the health workforce? How does one plan human resources? How can organisational development contribute to the performance of health workers?

The quality of health service delivery depends largely on the availability and performance of qualified personnel, aided by sufficient facilities, equipment and drugs. Policy makers and managers can influence the performance of health workers by using carefully formulated and implemented human resources for health policies and strategies developed in consultation with stakeholders. In order to enhance workforce performance, policy makers and managers also need to be able to analyse organisational culture and behaviour and to identify appropriate leadership skills.

This course addresses the knowledge and skills that policy makers and managers need for human resource planning and management. It provides an overview of the situation of Human Resources for Health (HRH) from a global perspective and subsequently discusses policies, strategies and practices at a national level and at the workplace to address health workforce issues. Topics include rational planning, training, governance and gender, performance retention and motivation and, leadership and organisational change.


At the end of the module the participants should be able to:

  • explain the concept of Human Resources in the health sector
  • analyse and discuss the various issues in human resources in the health sector
  • discuss different strategies to assure sufficient and qualified staff are equitably distributed
  • critically appraise staff performance, identify performance problems and suggest appropriate solutions
  • critically assess training programs for health care workers and provide appropriate recommendations for improvement
  • analyse organisational behaviour and discuss strategic options and leadership styles for change

Course Content

  • Introduction to HRH
  • Strategic planning of HRH
  • Workload
  • Retention, motivation and performance of health workers
  • Governance and HRH, including migration
  • Addressing gender and rights in HRH policies and plans
  • Training
  • Leadership and organisational change

Admission criteria

  • Academic training or a professional qualification in a relevant field
  • Work experience in a related area, including experience in management or planning in developing countries
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 4, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 27, 2017
3 weeks
Full time
1,540 EUR
Dec. 27, 2016
Start date Feb. 27, 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Dec. 27, 2016
End date Mar. 10, 2017
Duration 3 weeks
Price 1,540 EUR