Pre-Service Education

Pre-Service Education refers to learning that takes place in undergraduate and graduate educational institutions (e.g., medical, nursing, and midwifery schools). Related to Competency-Based Education and Training, pre-service training programs aim to provide students with the opportunity to acquire competence by the time they graduate from the educational environment, and then to translate that learning into a demonstration of competence in the work setting.

Pre-service educational programming to improve global health has the ultimate goal of advancing health equity both within and between countries, in the best interests of health workers, country governments, and the populations served.

Sources: Sullivan et al. 1998. Clinical Training Skills for Reproductive Health Professionals. Second edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Jhpiego; Fogarty et al. 2012. The Health Impacts of Pre-Service Education: An Integrative Review and Evidence-Based Conceptual Model. FINAL DRAFT. Baltimore, Maryland: Jhpiego.