Development of a global health bachelor curriculum in China: A Delphi study

Li Guan, Pan Gao, Su Yang Liu, Yi Si Liu, Xiang Yu Li, Fei Fei Liu, Zong Fu Mao, Yuan An Lu, Hao Xiang

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Objective This study aimed to establish the first global health bachelor curriculum in China. Design The Delphi methodology was used to determine expert consensus on which courses should be included in the global health bachelor curriculum. A literature review and a workshop proceeding were performed to generate courses. Then a two-round Delphi process was conducted with 28 invited experts from universities, health administrative departments and non-governmental organisations to rate courses using a 5-point Likert scale. Additionally, the experts could alter, add or delete courses as appropriate. Consensus was predefined as a mean score of 4 or above and the percent agreement (proportion of panel members scoring â € very important' or â € important') no less than 75%. Results The responses in the two-round Delphi process were 85.7% and 70.8%, respectively. In the first round, 12 courses did not meet the inclusion criteria and were removed. Based on the participants' comments, 32 courses were included in round 2. In the second round, the consensus was reached on 31 courses which were selected as the final curriculum. These courses were categorised into five modules, including General Knowledge, Methodology, Global Health Issues, Intercultural Communication, and Health Policy and Programme Management. Conclusion This study established the first global health bachelor curriculum in China. It will provide guidance for other educational institutions to develop similar programmes or curricula in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere023893
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • bachelor
  • curriculum
  • delphi
  • global health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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