Human Resources for Health (HRH): Principles and Practices

A group of student nurse midwives gather as they start their training at a local health facility in Nigeria.

The purpose of this course is to orient learners to the basic principles and promising practices related to health workforce development and strengthening. Following the structure of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global HRH Strategy: Workforce 2030, the course introduces concepts and solution-focused examples that aim to support the existing health workforce and build the future health workforce through site-level interventions, policymaking, data use, and other evidence-based initiatives.


After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Understand the global HRH situation, including a timeline of initiatives and strategies, main challenges, and opportunities in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Describe promising practices for developing and strengthening the health workforce within the health system, education sector, and labor market that can respond to contextual needs.
  • Identify specific resources and tools for HRH development and strengthening for uptake by diverse HRH stakeholders.


The following individuals are greatly appreciated for their invaluable support and expertise in developing this course:

Elizabeth Lugten, Janet Roelofse, Margaret D'Adamo: U.S. Agency for International Development

Marc Luoma, Catarina Cronquist: HRH2030 Program, Chemonics International

Special thanks to Nina Frankel and Judith Winkler of IntraHealth International who authored the previous edition of this course (published August 2, 2009).


  • 2 hours


  • Thursday, September 6, 2018

Course Authors: 

  • Rachel H Deussom, HRH2030/Chemonics

  • Hayley Robinett, HRH2030/Chemonics

Course Managers: 

  • Amy Lee, CCP