Everyone involved in teaching has a role in curriculum design. When starting to teach that role is usually confined to designing sessions, whereas with a lectureship usually comes the need to design or modify courses and work as part of a departmental team on programme design. When designing a new course or modifying an existing course there are a number of important considerations. This page will take you through some important issues and link to further guidance. The educational and professional context must be discussed and clearly defined. This can reflect a number of factors: current or prevailing educational or social ideology, culture, politics, economy, students, teachers and parents, commerce and industry, professional bodies, exam boards, funding bodies and history or influence of the past. In any discipline, there may be current trends in general education which need to be addressed and specific trends or issues in medical or healthcare education which relate to the healthcare system or context. This book offers a comprehensive description of the applications of various fields in this subject. The book will be appropriate as a guide for students.