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Diversity and internationalisation in interprofessional education.

Joseph, Sundari


Sundari Joseph


This position paper considers the perspectives regarding introducing diversity and internationalisation to the interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum. While this step may seem to be an onerous task in the challenging area of delivering quality IPE, the author seeks to demonstrate that the diversification of topics, disciplines and geographical locations can provide valuable student learning. By challenging the notion that IPE focusses on health-related topics alone and by broadening students’ education, attributes can be developed that enhance employability and address global issues for a skilled workforce capable of delivering complex care. The paper highlights interprofessional educational initiatives developed by the author that includes the introduction of such topics as arts and humanities and public protection, as well as diversification of such disciplines as hospitality management, graphic design and the police. The international initiatives included collaborations between students and staff from Scotland, Japan and Australia. The importance of promoting diversity in the interprofessional curriculum for health and social care students concurs with the strategies from the World Health Organisation's global workforce alliance and professional bodies, such as the Higher Education Academy (UK). This paper encourages educators to engage with these strategies to acquire international perspectives on professional disciplines, thereby enabling students and faculty to develop a deeper understanding of other countries and cultures. IPE educators can develop curricula to include such initiatives and ensure that tomorrow's workforce has the necessary knowledge and skills to become global professionals. By adopting these transferable initiatives, educators can develop similar interventions appropriate for different cultural contexts.


JOSEPH, S. 2016. Diversity and internationalisation in interprofessional education. Journal of Taibah University medical sciences [online], 11(6), pages 566-570. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 13, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2016
Publication Date Dec 31, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 5, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 5, 2016
Journal Journal of Taibah university medical sciences
Electronic ISSN 1658-3612
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 6
Pages 566-570
Keywords Collaboration; Curriculum; Diversity; Interprofessional education; World Health Organisation
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