An Organizing Framework For Interprofessional Global Health Education

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An Organizing Framework for Interprofessional Global Health Education
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Introduction
G lobal health is an extremely complex “… area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual level care” (Koplan et al. 2009, 3). Beaglehole and Bonita (2010) proposed that global health is a collaborative trans-national research and action for promoting health for all. They indicated that their definition is based on Koplan et al. but is shorter and sharper, emphasizes the need for collaboration, and is action oriented. In recent years, there has been a growing demand for more comprehensive interprofessional education in global health education and the dearth of studies examining the content of global health courses has also been noted (Lencucha and Moohindra 2014). In addition to the lack of studies on the content of global health courses, no organizing frameworks were found to guide the development of interprofessional global health courses.
The recognition of the need for an organizing framework for global health courses came in the fall of 2013 when the author was assigned to develop an…
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