Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

Curriculum development

Recommendation 4

Health professionals’ education and training institutions should consider adapting curricula to population needs through identifying and defining the core competencies that are required to meet the evolving needs of their populations.

Quality of the evidence: Low

Strength of the recommendation: Conditional

We recommend the option in the context of close monitoring and evaluation

Key considerations:

  • regularly review and update core competencies.
  • regularly review curricula and programme delivery to determine if the programme prepares students to attain the core competencies needed.
  • resistance to curriculum change can occur; significant changes may have implications on faculty who may be uncertain of new understanding and practices, and will need to take into account issues of timelines for the rollout and faculty development.
  • establishing or working with existing institutional structures including community placements for learning.
  • continuous evaluation.