Learn about the wide range of interprofessional education opportunities available to the health and human service students at UBC. Find links to information about volunteer opportunities, learning modules, social events, and more.
Why is Interprofessional Education Important?
Interprofessional collaboration is increasingly recognized as a means of meeting the complex demands of today’s health care environment. It involves a team of health care providers working together, each making a unique contribution to achieving a common goal. Interprofessional education helps ensure health care professionals have the knowledge and skills to work together to improve patient outcomes. It involves two or more professions learning “with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care” (CAIPE, 2002). Students that engage in interprofessional learning will gain knowledge and skills that will enable them become change agents and transform the health care system to better meet the diverse needs of society.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much... Helen Keller
Why take an Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) Course?
View healthcare from a different lens.
IHHS courses complement your core courses by exposing you to real-world issues in an engaging and inter-disciplinary learning environment. Courses are taught by experienced healthcare professionals and/or UBC professors. Examples of current courses include the application of ethics in healthcare settings, HIV prevention and treatment, and the opportunities and challenges of working in international health (please click here for a list of all current course offerings).
Each course draws upon the knowledge and expertise of many different healthcare professions, including medicine, dentistry and dental hygiene, dietetics, nursing, midwifery, physical and occupational therapy, and social work (please click here for a description of all healthcare professions). Furthermore, the courses investigate not only the medical aspects of a health issue, but also relevant social, economic, cultural, political, and/or environmental factors.
Understand the importance of collaboration.
At the heart of IHHS courses is the value of inter-professionalism. In order to provide optimal care and patient outcomes, healthcare professionals must work in teams, tap into the expertise of people from a variety of fields, communicate effectively amongst team members, and efficiently coordinate their efforts.
IHHS courses provide a unique opportunity for you to meet and work with students from many different programs and faculties. Each of you brings unique perspectives, values, experiences, and skill sets. You will gain a deeper understanding of how your specialty fits with and contributes to an inter-professional team. You will develop essential teamwork skills and practice how to most effectively communicate and collaborate with others. Working closely with your classmates (who may become your future colleagues) and interacting with your professors is also a great way of developing your professional network and gaining mentorship opportunities.
Develop practical and professional skills.
Another unique aspect of IHHS courses is that they combine theory with practical application of course concepts. Activities may include small-group discussions, team projects, proposal or report writing, personal reflections, and clinical rotations (please click here for specific course outlines).
Many projects will present you with real-world cases or problems. They will allow you to hone your critical thinking skills, grapple with conflicting values and perspectives, and synthesize creative, practical solutions to healthcare issues. All of these skills will be invaluable in your career as a healthcare professional. Be prepared for an inspiring, challenging, and enriching learning experience!
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