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HRH PG Certificate Programme 

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource for Health (HRH) Management Programme


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.

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Course objectives

Recognise 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.

  • Recognise 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 organisational 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.

Recognise 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.

  • Recognise 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 organisational 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 organisational compliance with local employment legislation and professional regulation frameworks

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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

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Course Fee

Will be updated soon.


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.

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Module Descriptor

A-Knowledge and Understanding

B-Intellectual Skills

C-Practical Skills

D-Transferable Skills

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Module Descriptor

A -Knowledge and Understanding

B-Intellectual Skills

C-Practical Skills

D-Transferable Skills

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Module Descriptor

A -Knowledge and Understanding

B-Intellectual Skills

C-Practical Skills

D-Transferable Skills

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Assessment Strategy

The team seek to ensure a range of forms of assessments. The bulk of assessment is through coursework assignments, which is consistent with the overall aim of the course and follows the principles of adult learning. Details of summative assessments are contained within the module descriptors. The IIHD has a policy of providing extensive feedback to course participants on assessments in accordance with good learning and teaching practice. Feedback on summative assessments is provided in writing to all students on an individual basis. Feedback on formative assessments (judgements designed to improve students’ work) may be provided on an individual or collective basis. Students are provided with formative feedback during the modules to facilitate the achievement of the aims and to prepare the participants for the summative assessment, that is, the assessment at the end of a module for which formal grades are given.

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