Educating the Interprofessionals of Tomorrow – Transforming the Landscape of Healthcare

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We have created a unique, interdisciplinary course with the focus on 21st-century skills (1) as a part of the Interprofessional Education (2) at University College Copenhagen. Students from different professions use their knowledge and skills in teams to solve problems raised by local hospitals/communities. Innovation is used as a didactic tool to facilitate the development of strong collaborative skills. This leads to development of interprofessional core competences within the four domains: ethics, roles, communication, and teamwork (3).

The aim of the course is for the students to develop cooperative competences while learning with and from students from other health and social work educational programmes while including the patient’s/citizen’s voice.

Two 10-week courses “Citizens with Cancer” and “Refugees” with a total of 170 students were organized in three parts:
Teams of 5-6 students were introduced to a problem from the local hospital or community.
The teamwork was facilitated by a supervisor. Using the model of the innovation diamond (4) the students went through understanding, development of ideas, realization and evaluation. Students interacted with hospitals/communities by conducting interviews, observations etc.
The teams’ solutions to the problem was presented for the local hospital/community as a pitch.
Evaluations from students and hospitals/communities were collected and analysed.

The courses increased the students’ engagement on several parameters. For example, the number of students who studied more than 35 hours a week increased from 26% to 71%, and the number of students that experienced high expectations from fellow students and professors increased from 30% to 59%.
After finishing the course, a social worker said: “The course was more realistic for the students as they had a real-life case to solve. At the Municipality we and the citizens benefitted from the students’ ideas.” (5)

The inclusion of innovation and real-life problems from the local hospital/community increased the students’ engagement and level of achievements in the final exams. The course has strengthened the development of 21st-century skills.
This has led to further expansion on application on the theoretical model. This spring 260 students have contributed to co-creation of new initiatives in a local community in Copenhagen (6) inspired by CitizensUK (7).
Original languageDanish
Publication date3 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2018
EventAll Together Better Health IX Auckland - AUT, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 Sept 20186 Sept 2018
Conference number: IX


ConferenceAll Together Better Health IX Auckland
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • learning, educational science and teaching
  • education, professions and jobs

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