Kern’s 6 Step Curriculum Design

Just in time resources may require quick curriculum design in COVID-19 times. Kern’s 6 Step Curriculum Design can be used to structure quality education that is focussed to maximise vital time and resources.

  1. Identify the problem/s
  2. Needs assessment for targeted learners
  3. Set goals and objectives
  4. Education strategy (obviously online often favoured in COVID-19 education climate)
  5. Implementation
  6. Evaluation & Feedback


Thomas, P. A., Kern, D. E., Hughes, M. T., & Chen, B. Y. (Eds.). (2016). Curriculum Development for Medical Education: a six-step approach. JHU Press.

Saperstein, A., Reed, D., Smith, C., & Andrew, B. (2017). Beginning with the End-User in Mind: Application of Kern’s Six-Step Approach to Design and Create a Literary Journal for Healthcare StudentsMedEdPublish6.

Nursing Education Network. 2020. Curriculum Design.

Nursing Education Network. (2020). Learning Needs Assessment [link to follow when post published]