Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
STRUCHINER, Miriam; ROSCHKE, Maria Alice and RICCIARDI, Regina Maria Vieira. Ongoing, flexible distance learning through the Internet: Course on Decentralized Management of Human Resources in Health Care. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2002, vol.11, n.3, pp. 158-165. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892002000300004.
This paper describes the Course on Decentralized Management of Human Resources in Health Care, which is an Internet-based distance learning program to train and provide continuing education for health care professionals. The program is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization, and it was organized in response to the growing need for self-reliant professionals who can constantly upgrade their knowledge without having to leave their place of work. The proposed model promotes an educational process that brings together theory and practice in realistic and relevant contexts and that maximizes the participation of students, both individually and in groups. The program has been evaluated in pilot studies in Brazil, Chile, and Peru. Following these assessments, the course has been adapted to facilitate its implementation and to adjust its contents to fit each country's circumstances.
Keywords : Reforma do setor saúde; educação continuada.