Strengthening Human Resources for Health
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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
June 3 - 14, 2013
You've read about the priority of human resources development in
reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in such publications
as The Lancet and The New York Times (see references below). This
suscessful course is specifically designed to address that priority
by providing participants with new and innovative ways of addressing
human resources policy and management issues. Individuals and country
teams will learn from experts as well as peers from other nations
and will develop their own draft country Strategic Plans for Human
The MDG health objectives require a focus on human resources, critical
to reducing infant and maternal mortality, as well as the incidence
of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. A lack of human resources
capacity is a major barrier to the achievement of these MDGs. Health
officials in all countries need to recruit and retain skilled health
workers at all levels. They also need to strengthen educational
and management systems and to creatively finance all of the above.
This course has been designed for health officials who will be involved
in formulating country strategies. Until recently human resources
training has focused on personnel management and on static models
of planning for the public sector. This course, however, has been
formulated to incorporate new and innovative strategies that include
both the public and private sectors.
participants attending this course will learn:
to effectively assess problems related to human resource development
strategies to overcome barriers such as "brain drain"
and poor motivation
to Decentralization Framework
to turn funding for disease priorities into human resources strengthening
lessons from relevant experience in other countries; as well as
leadership, negotiation and conflict resolution strategies
Planning and Human Resources
Capacity for Human Resources
Control and Human Resources
Status and Human Resources activities
Capacity and Human Resources
and Institutional Change
Capacity and Human Resources
Resolution for Human Resources
This course is designed for experienced, senior public health officials
and staff in developing and transitional economies who are involved
in managing, developing strategies and in setting policy for human
resources development. Applicants from both government and non-governmental
organizations will benefit from this course. We encourage participation
by teams of participants who can work together in the course to
develop draft strategic plans for their own countries.
This workshop offers a blend of theory and practice, geared to an
audience that is focused upon implementation rather than research.
The workshop will include lectures, discussion groups, case studies,
problem sets and preparation of group and individual case presentations.
Classroom points will most often be made through active learning
methods, rather than through lectures. Lively discussion among experienced
participants is expected throughout. Participants are encouraged
to bring their own country material and resources on health systems
related to the process of decentralization and management.
the Course Directors
Dr. Thomas Bossert serves as course co-director.
He is director of the International Health Systems Program at the
Harvard School of Public Health as well as a lecturer on Health
Policy and Senior Political Scientist in the Department of Global
Health and Population, and the director of the Politics Governance
Group and International Health. He developed a Capacity Assessment
and Sequencing Tool for Human Resources in Health for the WHO and
applied it in Ethiopia. Additionally, he has directed technical
assistance projects and applied research in Latin America, Asia,
and Africa on decentralization, institutional transformation, and
health policy reform.
Dr. Paul Campbell serves as course co-director.
He is deputy director of the International Health Systems Program
in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard
School of Public Health as well as a lecturer on Management in the
Department of Health Policy and Management. He has managed multi-year
projects on health sector reform in Poland, and managed care in
Zimbabwe. Dr. Campbell has extensive experience designing and leading
workshops on various health management topics. Past sponsors for
his courses include a number of agencies in the U.S. government,
the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, and the Hinduja Foundation.
1 Chen, L., T. Evans, S. Anand, et al. "Human
Resources for Health: Overcoming the Crisis. In The Lancet, 27 November
2004: pp. 1984-1990. Dugger, Celia W. "Lacking Doctors, Africa
is Training Substitutes." The New York Times, 23 November,