HRH PG Certificate Program

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Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource for Health (HRH) Management at Health Services Academy (HSA), Islamabad

Introduction :

Much attention has been focused on the shortages of numbers of clinical health professionals and support workers in the world, but it is increasingly recognised that problems are worsened by the absence of effective human resource management and cannot be resolved without tackling this gap. To date, many of the efforts to improve the health workforce have been fragmented and dispersed geographically. Managers and health professionals attempting to improve working practices, increase the productivity of the workforce, introduce new skills into the workforce, or to deal with important strategic issues such as shortages or turnover, have found themselves isolated and ill-prepared to embed good human resource practices into health organisations. HSA has spearheaded as a higher education institution in Asia to pursue for delivering an innovative intensive P.G.Cert course in the field of Human Resource for health (HRH) Management for midlevel and senior level health policy makers and planners and health managers in collaboration with the institute for International Health & Development (IIHD) of Queen Margaret University (QMU), UK and German International Cooperation (GIZ). This programme of study, designed to be flexible and to attract professionals and managers already working in the health sector within Pakistan and the region, provides an opportunity for these personnel to develop the needed skills and knowledge efficiently and effectively.

Course aim:

The overall aim of the proposed programme is to enable its graduates to shape national and local policies and organisational practices which will improve the planning, development and management of human resources as a key component of well functioning health systems and directly contribute to ensuring a competent, responsive and productive health workforce.

Course objectives :

Recognize the key factors and forces shaping the needs and deployment of human resources in health systems and the contribution a health workforce makes to health and wellbeing among different populations. Recognize and justify the value of human resources to health service organisations and act as an employee champion and advocate at senior management levels. Develop quality HR policies and track their implementation. Contribute to positive organizational development, safe working environments and effective change leadership. Forecast human resource needs and develop short, medium and long range plans for health service organisations to meet those needs. Enable high quality employee development and learning initiatives to meet existing or future training needs in health systems. Ensure organizational compliance with local employment legislation and professional regulation frameworks Create and manage performance management systems and work with others to manage individual performance issues. Recruit and retain suitably qualified and motivated staff; ensure departments have adequate personnel to meet service demands; provide applicants with realistic job and organizational previews. Administer organizations' compensation and benefits systems efficiently. Communicate effectively with staff and senior management Manage HR information systems including: acquire, clean and analyze HR data and information; critically evaluate HR data; and to synthesize HR information into clear reports, posters, presentations

Eligibility criteria:

Mid level managers responsible for giving input to the policy makers for human resources for health. Senior health managers involved in formulating health workforce policies at local and provincial levels. Those involved in research of health workforce issues. Students of Regular and Extended MSPH courses and wish to pursue a career in HRH . Staff and members (including doctors and nurses) of different organisations and institutions (e.g. MOH, PMDC, PNC, NGOs etc.) involved in HRH issues at different levels from Pakistan and abroad. Professionals who intend to develop career in HRH and want to get Master in HRH from QMU.

Selection criteria:

Application is open to all eligible candidates. Selection is based on merit. Prospective candidates should have First class or at least upper second division Bachelor or Master Degree in the related area. Three years of related professional experience

Course structure:

This is a modular programme of study with the taught Postgraduate Certificate component extending over one 15-week semester. For full-time participants, the programme will start in January each year. Part time students can be registered in January each year and complete the programme within three years. The programme is based on completion of three modules.

Module Descriptor


Learning Outcomes

Title Stretegic  Human Resources For Health Code NM 251 //
Mode of Study Full time or Part time Credit Rating / 20 SCOTCATS //
Module Coordinator Jean Robson // //
Module Team Jean Robson, HSA staff member, invited local experts // //
Pre-requisites Core for PG Certificate HRH // //
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This module reviews the consequences of a systemic failure to address human resource issues in health systems and health care organizations at local, national and even global level. Participants will learn to take a strategic view of the human resource management, how human resource functions operate in health care organizations, and how to develop and properly implement human resource policy and strategy.

Pharetra Assessed in this module A B
Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the module the student will be able to
Nill Nill
Take a lead role in integrating human resource strategies and initiatives into the strategic plans of health care organizations. Yes Nill X
Prepare health human resource profiles for use in planning activities at local, regional or national level Yes X Nill
Using databases and other data sources identify staff flows, migration from and into the workforce, sources of supply and recruitment, and service provision gaps at local, regional or national level. Yes X Nill
Identify suitable strategic options and directions for health human resource planners based on agreed international standards Yes Nill X