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

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

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Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, University Hospital Heidelberg , Heidelberg , Germany .


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.


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

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