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EDUCATION: Curriculum Development

Five capabilities were developed by the Global Health Curriculum Group to guide the curricula of postgraduate health professionals in the UK. This work was commissioned by the Academy of Royal Colleges’ International Forum.

These capabilities are mainly targeted towards doctors, but may be tailored to the training needs of other health professionals, of undergraduate students and of health professionals and students in other countries. The five core capabilities, which are of equal value and priority, are interrelated. Each one is relevant to all UK postgraduate health professionals, impacting on both day-to-day practice, clinical leadership and advocacy roles. Further details including key knowledge areas and practice examples for each capability are available in the full report, available on request.

Read the publication by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges here


For more information please  read the original article below:

Walpole SC, Shortall C, van Schalkwyk MC, Merriel A, Ellis J, Obolensky L, Casanova Dias M, Watson J, Brown CS, Hall J, Pettigrew LM, Allen S. Time to go global: a consultation on global health competencies for postgraduate doctors. Int Health. 2016 Sep;8(5):317-23. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihw019. Epub 2016 May 30.


Across the whole of postgraduate training, the majority of UK doctors are receiving minimal or no training in Global Health

Please see this BMJ Open publication: Global health competencies in UK postgraduate medical training: a scoping review and curricular content analysis. 

If you would like to get involved with Global Health curriculum development or have any further questions, please email

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