Professional qualification as a strategic action for the implementation of the Brazilian Workers’ Health Policy

Abstract Introduction: the creation of the National Workers’ Health Comprehensive Care Network is considered the main strategy for the Brazilian Workers’ Health Policy. The Ministry of Health prioritized the professional training of the teams from workers’ health reference centers, which are considered crucial within the network. The Ministry of Health signed an agreement with the Centre of Studies for Worker’s Health and Human Ecology of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation National School of Public Health, aiming at organizing a distance education course on Workers’ Health. Objective: to describe and analyze the course development from 2006 to 2015. Methods: documentary analysis. Results: the course was held in the North, Northeast, Midwest and Southeast regions of Brazil, with 1,703 enrollees, from which 70% were approved and 28% dropped out. The participants’ opinions about the course and its materials were taken into account. We analyzed the relationship between the course and the workers’ health policy, as well as the performance of students and tutors. Conclusion: the courses pioneering process achieved its objectives, carving new paths for actions in workers’ health, and making it possible to identify positive evidence of the training on services and the network.