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- Skilled, motivated, and efficient health workers are the backbone of strong health systems worldwide.
- The course will enhance your understanding of the factors shaping skills, behaviour, and capacity of the health workforce in the context of strengthening global health systems.
- You will gain skills to formulate and apply appropriate strategic responses to practical human resource issues in the health sector.


This course is for health professionals or experienced graduates to gain an understanding of how to mobilise scarce human resources to strengthen health systems internationally.

The course aims to equip you with the necessary skills to achieve optimally sustainable deployment of personnel and ensure that users of health services are served by the most highly skilled and efficient workforce possible.

You will gain insights into the key factors and forces shaping the skills, behaviours and capabilities of the health workforce and explore how modern management practices can shape and influence the productivity of these workforces and the health systems in which they work. Using a multidisciplinary approach and working with global experts, students will learn how to formulate, synthesise and construct effective and appropriate responses to strategic and practical HR issues in the health sector. Relevant and appropriate tools and frameworks for planning, mobilising, developing and managing the workforce will be explored through participatory learning methods, and students will become confident users of the HR managers’ toolkit.

EXIT AWARDS: MSc (180 credits) )/PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU

Duration: Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 - 3 years

Start date: September and January

Application deadline: none

Teaching, learning and assessment: Learning and teaching methods encourage group and independent learning. Teaching is comprised of combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans, projects and examinations.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on-campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time. The HRH specific modules will be taught in a three week intensive block during the second semester of the academic year.

Honours degree or diploma, preferably in a health-related area. Diplomates should have completed the final exam of a professional body. Applicants from other backgrounds (eg social science, social anthropology) are also welcomed, if you can demonstrate understanding /experience of health issues.

International: Students whose first language is not English are required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

Home/EU - full-time: £6670 per year

Home/EU - part-time: £680 per 15 credit module

Home/EU - part-time, dissertation: £1340

International - full-time: £13240 per year

International - part-time: £1200 per 15 credit module

International - part-time dissertation: £3580

Scholarships: -Santander Scholarships: QMU is pleased to announce that two Santander Scholarships will be available in 2015 for £5,000 for international students undertaking a course within the Institute
of International Health and Development. Applications can be made by students who have received an offer of a place of study at the University. The application deadline for 2015 will be the end of May of that year.

- More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
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Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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15 credits: Emerging Challenges in the Global Health/ Workforce/ Health Systems/ Managing and Developing the Workforce/ Global Health Workforce Planning/ Researching Global Health and Development/ Research Design and Proposal Writing

You will also study one 15 credit module from: Gender, Health and Development/ HIV and Development/ International Public Health/ Project Design and Management/ Policy and Practice in Complex Emergencies/ Sexual and Reproductive Health/ Social Development and Policy and Planning/ Independent Study

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Additional elective modules available. Please contact for details.

As a graduate, you will be well equipped as a human resource manager, strategic planner or policy advisor in an international setting. This is a new course but previous graduates of IIHD have attained such positions as: health programme manager; project consultant; human resource manager; bilateral agency health advisor and a variety of advanced positions within home ministries and educational institutions.

Case study: The course is new to Queen Margaret University but a previous version was offered by Keele University, whose faculty have transferred to Queen Margaret. Previous students have commented:

"Being a student on the Human Resources in Health Programme was a great experience for me. It provided a great opportunity to support the health reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina with better human resources policies. The knowledge gained has made an enormous difference to my work life and career in the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Health. The faculty associated with the Masters programme are great teachers and very supportive."

"The HRH management programme really helps. When I started the programme, my thoughts were very unclear - it was challenging. But I now have a vision as to where to go. The programme has improved my knowledge and skills and helped me to improve my communication in my organisation. I’ve built international relationships, become more confident, and of course, I’ve met wonderful friends."

"The course has been an eye opener. Though delivered, in a compact manner, it was presented with real human resources in health examples on the ground, hence it was easy for me to connect with the situation back home. I think the strengthening operational research is one of the most important and neglected issues in Malawi."



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Karina Kielmann
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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