Facilitators and barriers to students’ learning in an obesity prevention graduate program

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Childhood obesity is a major public health concern with underpinnings at the individual, family, community
and societal levels. The Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Certificate Program
(TOP) is an innovative graduate-level certificate program developed to train professionals to understand
and address obesity from multiple perspectives using an interprofessional education (IPE) approach.
Currently, there is limited knowledge on what promotes or hinders learning in IPE approaches dealing
with obesity prevention. The goal of this report is to address this gap by describing facilitators and barriers
to learning in a graduate-level training program. Using a qualitative research design, semi-structured
interviews were collected from 23 professional students, as part of a larger program evaluation project for
TOP. Thematic analysis revealed the challenges and strengths of the program that relate specifically to: its
interprofessional approach, its structure, and its activities. Interprofessional exchanges were reported to
expand students’ learning, but adequate interprofessional representation must be maintained, and the
complexity of interprofessional collaborations must also be well-coordinated. Standardising the program
structure and courses for consistency across professions, and clear communication are critical to program
success. Findings add to the existing literature on what promotes effective learning in a professional
obesity prevention program using an IPE approach.

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