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Alternative models for sharing common content across health curricula


Osborne, J, Alternative models for sharing common content across health curricula, Focus on Health Professional Education, 11, (1) pp. 49-60. ISSN 1442-1100 (2009) [Refereed Article]


There are obvious areas of common knowledge shared between healthcare professions. However, it can be logistically and politically difficult to introduce common units or modules into externally accredited undergraduate courses. As the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Tasmania expands its program offerings, instances of common curriculum content are set to multiply. Addressing this issue is resulting in a more flexible approach to sharing content which has initially been utilised for the introduction of new curriculum content on emerging health issues and reflecting demographic trends. Approaches currently in use vary from the introduction of common units, or parts of units (possible when new courses are developed), to the shared use of purpose-developed learning resources with identified common learning outcomes and interdisciplinary case studies (ultimately to foster interprofessional teamwork). A Faculty-wide Teaching and Learning Project has identified potential curriculum areas for the focus of new developments. Existing resources are showcased as models within the Faculty to encourage interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration in teaching and learning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:undergraduate education, curriculum, interprofessional, interdisciplinary
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Osborne, J (Ms Jo Osborne)
ID Code:60524
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2010-02-10
Last Modified:2014-12-07

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