A historical and undergraduate context to inform interprofessional education for global health

J Law Med Ethics. 2014 Dec;42 Suppl 2:9-16. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12182.


Through a case example of fluoride, this paper examines why dental caries and other 21st century challenges require collaborative practice toward improved health that begins with interprofessional education (IPE). We suggest a theoretical framework for expanding the thinking around IPE for global health and recommend beginning at the undergraduate, or "pre-interprofessional," level where students are still undifferentiated by profession. Our theoretical framework can assist in providing a foundation for curriculum alignment and calibration moving forward to the graduate and professional training levels.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum*
  • Global Health / education*
  • Humans