Re-profiling today's health care curricula for tomorrow's workforce: Establishing an interprofessional degree in Germany

J Interprof Care. 2015;29(4):386-8. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2014.979980. Epub 2014 Nov 12.

Abstract

Laws regulating education of most health professional groups in Germany today mean that curricula re-profiling in response to changing priorities in the practice environment is a significant challenge. Legally dictated theoretical and clinical requirements for the vocational training of health professionals leaves little room for re-profiling in response to movements such as interprofessional education. An educational innovation was needed that worked within existing structures in Germany. The result was a formal collaboration between the Academy for Health Professionals and the University of Heidelberg allowing students undertaking vocational training to also complete a university degree in parallel. The aim of this article is to describe the curriculum development for the Bachelor of Science - Interprofessional Health Care. This article outlines an evidence-based approach to the process to curriculum development that resulted in a competency-based degree offering comprehensive interprofessional education at undergraduate level for healthcare students based in Germany.

Keywords: Health and social care; interprofessional education; interprofessional learning; pre-qualifying/pre-licensure.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Curriculum
  • Decision Making
  • Germany
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration
  • Social Work / education*