Micro-and Macro-Level Environmental Factors in Redesigning the Health Education Curriculum

Francis Grace H. Duka-Pante and Maria Cecilia V. Zamora

Health Education is in a state of flux due to the rapidly changing educational, social and environmental landscapes. The Health Education discipline design model considered various factors in the micro-level and macro-level environments. The proximal variables in the micro-level environment include the changing Filipino learners’ demographics, expansion of the basic education curriculum, emphasis on health research, and emerging national health policies and initiatives. On a macro-scale, it is anchored on the international standards towards global recognition and the ASEAN Quality Assurance Framework for Higher Education. Also part of these distal variables are the principles of prevention science and evidence-based practice, global health education trends such as professional learning micro-degrees; and the growing body of research on ehealth literacy.

Through desk review and health experts’ inputs, the Philippine Health Education Standards were formulated to provide a culture-relevant framework for the redesigned curriculum which aims to produce value-driven and critical-minded Health Education graduates.