Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

Admission procedures

Recommendation 7

Health professionals’ training institutions should consider using targeted admissions policies to increase the socio-economic, ethnic and geographical diversity of students.

Quality of the evidence: Low

Strength of the recommendation: Conditional

We recommend the option in the context of close monitoring and evaluation

Key considerations:

Targeted admission policies should include mechanisms to ensure completion of education programmes:

  • they should be consistent with decisions concerning the supply of particular cadres of health workers and take into account the likely numbers of each cadre needed;
  • they should be accompanied by curriculum reforms to reflect different levels of certification depending on the entry qualifications and types of health workers needed;
  • the preferences of applicants should be taken into account (research shows students from rural areas are most likely to serve in rural areas).