Integrated Curriculum

UBC Health is committed to interprofessional education. 

Puzzle pieces labelled with names of UBC health programs with patients labelled on the centre piece What is interprofessional education?

Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. – World Health Organization

Why interprofessional education?

Team-based models of care are being developed and implemented across BC. Within these provincial efforts to establish and enhance collaborative approaches to care, there is a critical need to support this transformation in BC with education, research, evaluation, and knowledge translation. Interprofessional education supports this shift in the pre-licensure years by enabling students to develop the collaborative competencies, perspectives, and understanding to practice in team-based models of care that:

  • Improve patient health outcomes
  • Share practitioner workload and enable team members to practice to their full scope
  • Improve population health and decrease costs for health systems

What is the Integrated Curriculum?

UBC Health developed the Integrated Curriculum to support students in building team-based competencies. The Integrated Curriculum is a series of interprofessional workshops and online modules embedded within the core curricula of health professional programs at UBC. Working in interprofessional groups, students across disciplines learn about complex areas of health and develop collaborative competencies in the key domains of:

  • Patient-centred care
  • Role clarification
  • Team functioning
  • Conflict management
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Interprofessional communication