All together now: developing a team skills competency domain for global health education

J Law Med Ethics. 2014 Winter;42(4):550-63. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12175.


Global health is by definition and necessity a collaborative field; one that requires diverse professionals to address the clinical, biological, social, and political factors that contribute to the health of communities, regions, and nations. While much work has been done in recent years to define the field of global health and set forth discipline-specific global health competencies, less has been done in the area of interprofessional global health education. This paper documents the results of a roundtable that was convened to study the need for an interprofessional team skills competency domain for global health students. The paper sets forth a preliminary set of team competencies based on existing scholarship and the results of the roundtable. Once an agreed upon set of competencies is defined, a valuable next task will be development of a model curriculum to teach team skills to students in global health. The preliminary competencies offered in this paper represent a good first step toward ensuring that global health professionals are able to collaborate effectively to make the field as cohesive and collaborative as the mighty task of global health demands.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Curriculum
  • Global Health / education*
  • Global Health / standards*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations