Advanced Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare | Arts and Science ONLINE

Advanced Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare

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IDIS 480/3.0

This course, the second of two, presents philosophies and methodologies crucial for safe and excellent teamwork in healthcare. It aims to prepare learners with additional knowledge and advanced capabilities to work within complex interprofessional environments, common in diverse workplaces, and indispensable in the healthcare sector. These capabilities, referred to as the ‘interprofessional competencies’ in The National Interprofessional Competency Framework 1 were introduced previously in IDIS 280. They will be expanded and applied in greater detail for the advanced learner.

In-depth knowledge and complex skill development will be examined in the following areas: theoretical and global frameworks for collaborative practice and health equity; intercultural communication; teamwork processes; communication tools for safe work in healthcare; philosophies of health, wellness and well-being; and collaborative leadership. Models for effective healthcare teams, via the utilization of knowledge and skills from all stakeholders including patient/client, family, and community partnerships, will be introduced on a community and system levels and applied in authentic scenarios. The course is designed as a series of modules that will address these advanced collaborative teamwork competencies. A significant portion of the course assessments will be application-based, leading students to apply the principles of team-based learning and collaborative practice in group situations.

Learning Outcomes

After completing IDIS 480, students will be able to:

  1. Define collaborative practice from the perspective of international frameworks and describe the importance of collaborative patient-centred practice for safe, quality, and effective care. (PLO 6, 7; Assignments 2 – 5)
  2. Explain intercultural communication and recognize how to apply principles of communication that respect varied cultures in the workplace. (PLO 6; Assignments 1 – 5)
  3. Identify teamwork communication tools used in healthcare contexts and principles for facilitating challenging communications, such as with debriefing and disclosure of adverse patient events. (PLO 6, 7; Assignments 1 – 5)
  4. Summarize the principles of health equity associated with the determinants of health. Apply these, in collaboration with peer learners, to teamwork case scenarios at organizational and community levels. (PLO 6, 7; Assignments 2 – 5)
  5. Summarize the principles of collaborative leadership and demonstrate leadership within a team environment. (PLO 6; Assignments 1 – 5)


Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

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System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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Tuition Fees

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