Students gathered on March 18, 2014 for a preparatory session in Critical Perspectives in Global Health, a new interprofessional education (IPE) initiative led by Bloomberg Nursing’s Global Affairs Office. This initiative allows students from different health science professions across the university to prepare for an international clinical experience. At this event, Adrienne Chan, Adjunct Lecturer in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health led a discussion about Infectious and Non-communicable Diseases.
IPE is an important part of health care education at U of T. In this initiative, students develop an understanding of a broad range of global health issues, through a social critical theoretical lens to global health, and develop their analytical skills for social determinants of health. Previous topics in this initiative have covered Global Health Ethics, and Post-Colonial Feminism as a Framework for Health Practice, among others. This Global Health IPE initiative allowed students to meet, discuss, and develop their knowledge in a peer setting, with students from Nursing, Occupation Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology.