Pre-Service Education Toolkit

Increased attention is focused on preparing the health care workforce. There is a growing need for collective access to appropriate resources and guidance for pre-service education programs. This pre-service education toolkit outlines key programmatic steps, highlights lessons learned, and identifies key resources to assist country programs, donors, and governments to develop quality and relevant pre-service education interventions.  Although targeted for midwives, this toolkit may be used for other cadres as well.

Each section provides evidence-based guidance and includes related resources. The entire content of the toolkit is also available as a printable document, the Pre-Service Education Program Roadmap. The sections on advocacy, policy, quality and relevance: overview, evaluation, and scale-up may be useful for policy makers, donors, and governments. The sections on instruction and the institution are useful for institution heads, faculty, and classroom and clinical instructors.

Initially developed by Jhpiego under the leadership of the MCHIP program, this toolkit has been shaped significantly by the technical advisory group. The developers of this toolkit gratefully acknowledge the valuable input into content and resources provided.

If you have an experience about implementing pre-service education programs, we invite you to share it through the feedback form, at the top of any page. Please use the feedback form to suggest additional new resources.

The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s flagship maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program. MCHIP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning, malaria and HIV/AIDS, and strongly encourages opportunities for integration. Cross-cutting technical areas include water, sanitation, hygiene, urban health and health systems strengthening. Visit for more information.




Toolkit last updated: March 07, 2013