Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare | Arts and Science ONLINE

Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare

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IDIS 280/3.0

This course aims to prepare learners with the knowledge and capabilities for working within complex interprofessional environments as common in the healthcare sector. These capabilities are referred to as ‘interprofessional competencies’, as developed by healthcare experts and leaders in Canada, and described in The National Interprofessional Competency Framework. The six competencies are: patient/client/family/community-centred care, interprofessional communication, role clarification, team functioning, interprofessional conflict resolution and collaborative leadership. These competencies can be mapped to CanMEDS roles and comparable health discipline competencies. The course is designed as a series of modules, introducing the basics of collaborative practice in healthcare and the six interprofessional competencies, culminating in the application of knowledge to authentic patient scenarios and effective collaborative teamwork.

Learning Outcomes

After completing IDIS 280, students will be able to:

  1. Define collaborative practice and explain the importance of collaborative client-centred practices from the perspectives of safe, quality, and effective care.
  2. Describe   and   define   the   six   Canadian   competencies   associated   with   effective   interprofessional collaborative  practice  in  order  to  recognize  and  apply  them  in  team-based  interactions.
  3. Describe  the  basic  components  of effective  teams  and  stages  of  team  development  to  contribute  to effective team development.
  4. Explain the  relevance  of  good  communication  skills,  competent  conflict  strategies,  and of creating  and supporting  a  culture  of compassion  in  productive  teamwork  for  successful  client  interactions  and outcomes. Apply these in team-based learning situations.
  5. Identify your personal areas of strength and limitations, based on self-reflection and peer-feedback with a view to developing plans for future professional development.


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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