Project 4 – Peace through Health: An Interprofessional Student Elective
Development, implementation and evaluation of the McMaster University Interprofessional Peace through Health Elective
Students: Kelly Ash, Heather Hammond, Saroj Singh, Adrian Edgar, Esther Chin, Natalie Bocking
Advisors: Jackie Bosch, Bonny Jung, Neil Arya,
Background: In the winter/summer of 2008, the first interprofessional Peace through Health (PtH) elective was administered through the occupational therapy and medical doctorate programs using the principles of interprofessionalism and adult learning theories. Objectives of the elective were related to learning about Peace through Health Education, Global Health education, and Interprofessional education.
Methods: Students from occupational therapy, physiotherapy, medicine and midwifery were recruited to participate in a two-hour six-session elective in the spring of 2008. Learning methods included didactic presentations, small and large group discussions, and self directed learning strategies. Individual session feedback forms were completed by the participants as well as a pre and post-questionnaire to measure changes in knowledge in the three objectives of the course.
Results: Knowledge levels of participants increased in all three objectives, most notably in the category of Peace through Health knowledge, and interest in continued involvement in Peace through Health initiatives was indicated.
Building the first ever interprofessional elective in PtH with students from a different discipline was a mutually beneficial learning experience both in terms of learning about each other and about PtH. Challenges that arose were rooted in the differences in schedules, role expectations between faculties, and in the inherent issues of IPE. The elective has cultivated interest and enthusiasm for global health education in an interprofessional setting among students, faculty, and community members and has laid a foundation of processes and methods of developing, implementing and evaluating IPE. Overall, the student organizers are very satisfied with the overall running of the elective, and strongly recommend that the interprofessional elective is continued in future years at McMaster University.
Hammond, H., Singh, S., Edgar, A., Ash, K., Chin, E., Bocking, N., Bosch, J., & Jung, B. (2008). Peace through health: An interprofessional student elective. Third International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Prato, Tuscany, Italy, July, 2008.