Health Workforce

The healthcare workforce is essential to the delivery of services in every health care system, and includes all occupations including nurses, physicians, clinical officers, health care managers, home care aides, midwives, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, and others. There is a wide range of economic issues of interest regarding the health workforce, including human capital formation, occupation and specialty choice, pay and wage setting, competition in health labor markets, workforce shortages, geographic distribution, international migration, career transitions, and the relationship between the health workforce and quality of care. 

The Health Workforce SIG brings together researchers interested in the healthcare workforce to share their work and identify cross-national common issues, identify new areas for research to both answer foundational questions and evaluate programs and policies, establish collaborations for grant applications, and provide mentorship to students and early-stage scholars in the field.

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Past Events

  • How are countries mobilizing and protecting the health workforce in response to COVID-19? – May 6, 2020

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The following convenors help guide activities:

Joanne Spetz, Professor, University of California, San Francisco, United States
Michelle McIsaac, Economist, World Health Organization
Biana Frogner, Associate Professor, University of Washington, United States
Ulrike Muench, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco, United States
Michael Simon, Assistance Professor, Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel, Switzerland
Ian W. Li, Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
Diane Skatun, University of Aberdeen