MSc Human Resources for Global Health

from Queen Margaret University College
Ongoing course More Information

Institute for International Health and Development (IIHD), Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

This course is for health professionals, experienced graduates, and those with an interest in global health 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.

Teaching, learning and assessment:
Learning and teaching methods encourage group and independent learning. Teaching comprises a 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.
15 credits: Health Systems/Researching Global Health and Development/Emerging Challenges in the Global Health Workforce/Research Design and Proposal Writing/Global Health Workforce Planning/Managing and Developing the Health Workforce
You will also study two 15 credit modules of your choice. from: Social Development Policy and Practice/Gender, Health and Development/Policy and Practice in Complex Emergencies/ Project Design and Management/Independent Study/Sexual and Reproductive Health/Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations by Distance Learning/Social Justice

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

How to register:

September or January start dates