spring 2018
HEL-6340 Understanding interprofessional education, learning and practrice in health care and welfare/social care - 10 ECTS

Last changed 29.01.2019

Application deadline

10 February 2018

Type of course

Single course.

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree in health or social sciences.

Course content

This course focuses on theoretical perspectives and processes relevant for collaborative learning in interprofessional health and social/welfare care. The learning will take place in an international, interprofessional collaborative, flexible and web-based environment.


  • Global change and changing policies in healthcare and social care systems
  • Theoretical underpinnings and empirical knowledge base for interprofessional education, learning and practice
  • Interprofessional practice and group dynamics
  • Facilitation of interprofessional learning and collaboration
  • Curriculum design
  • Interprofessional practice, involving clients/patients

Objectives of the course


  • Describe critical global incentives in health and social care in order to promote interprofessional education and collaboration
  • Contrast theoretical perspectives on interprofessional collaboration
  • Review the empirical knowledge base for interprofessional education and practice


  • Reflect on the impact of global policy changes on local interprofessional practices of health and social care
  • Identify group dynamics and collaborative processes in interprofessional work
  • Reflect on conditions for facilitation of interprofessional learning and practice
  • Plan IP-learning activities based on the principles of constructive alignment

Attitudes and values

  • Explore how interprofessional collaboration can add value to education, learning, health and social care
  • Recognize own and others´ professional contributions with mutual respect and shared values in interprofessional communication
  • Critically value existing knowledge and the implications for interprofessional collaboration

Language of instruction

Instruction will be held in English.

Final exam/individual assignment in English, Danish, Swedish or Norwegian.

An English abstract is required.

Teaching methods

  • Web based tutorials
  • Student-led webinars
  • Lectures (online)
  • Individual and group assignments
  • Peer review


Work requirements:

  • Participating in all webinars
  • Participate in all tutorials
  • Completions of assignments (1 individual, 1 group assignment)

Examination and assessment:

  • Individual written paper/assignment
  • Portfolio
  • Grading: Pass/fail

Re-sit examination: A re-scheduled examination will be arranged.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Reading list (suggested reading) will be available at the start of the course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: HEL-6340