Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

Ebook on SDH

WHO is currently developing an eBook on integrating a Social Determinants of Health Approach into Health Workforce Education and Training (read report of 1st meeting for comprehensive overview)

What is the eBook ?

The development and production of the eBook is part of ongoing work to implement the WHO guidelines on ‘Transforming and scaling up of health professionals’ education and training’ launched in Recife in 2013 and also in support of the World Health Assembly Resolution WHA 66.23 “Transforming health workforce education in support of universal health coverage'.

The eBook is aimed at health workers, educators, researchers and policy makers.

It is laid out in order to provide:

  1.  a narrative "why there is a problem with global health workforce education in how social determinants are addressed" and "why we must action now to implement a SDH approach to health workforce education;
  2. an educational resource for social determinants of health approach, within a consistent and coherent framework on the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health,  as well as a 'how to' guide for faculty, institutions, communities and policy makers;
  3.  a vehicle to reframe, reorient and recalibrate health workforce education and training to deliver a sustainable and resilient health workforce that is fit for purpose to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

WHO eBook Steering Committee, 2nd meeting at WHO Headquarters Geneva June 2015

The eBook is not intended to be;

  • comprehensive textbook for the social determinants of health,
  • a stand alone technical publication that lies outside key stakeholder networks and dynamic input of country level experiences;
  • a static, non-modular resource without opportunity for a country level adaptation;
  • a high-end information and communications technology product designed for and only applicable in high income countries.

The eBook will be produced in 4 formats; 1. Word, 2. Interactive pdf, 3. ePub 3, 4. Html. Its design is guided by the results of WHO systematic review of eLearning.

Download WHO Systematic review 'eLearning for undergraduate health professional education  or watch video 

WHO Global Human Resources for Health Strategy

WHO is in the process of updating the global Human Resources of Health (HRH) strategy entitled ‘Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: health workforce 2030’ with partners, which includes transformative health workforce education. This refocussed strategy goes beyond but articulates the Recife Declaration which calls for “HRH development priorities and universal health coverage” to be “given due consideration in discussions of the post 2015 development agenda”.

In re-examining heath workforce education and training within the post 2015 development agenda and the Global HRH Strategy, it is right that universal health coverage be a key outcome of health workforce strengthening, but equally important that it is contextualized within action on the social determinants of health and health equity. 

Details of Strategy of WHO Human Resources for Health - 2010-2015

Dr Marie-Paule KienyWHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation speaking at 2014 Prince Mahidol Award Conference for report or watch video