College of DuPage

Health Sciences 1145:
Health Care Collaboration

Patient consultation.

Two people sharing ideas.

Perspective can make all the difference in the world.

Have your ever picked up a kaleidoscope and simply looked into it? The many colors and shapes can appear to be a jumbled mess. If you were unfamiliar with a kaleidoscope, you would not know you can turn the kaleidoscope and rearrange the shapes and colors, gaining a new order and perspective. We need to look at things from more than one perspective to get it right.

Persons with health care needs are not one-dimensional. They come to the health care environment with many layers. We need to view them in perspective. Major research studies have identified collaboration between health care professionals as a strong indicator for positive client outcomes.

If we want patients to live we need to learn to talk with and listen to each other. If we want to accomplish more without spinning our wheels, we need to work together.

It is not always possible to have the chance to brainstorm with a variety of health care providers before you absolutely have to. This online course gives each and every one of you the chance to learn about a variety of health care professions and their role in health care, how to enhance collaboration in the health care setting, and to practice collaboration within a case-study format.


Who should take this course?

Have you ever entered a hospital and been overwhelmed by the number of health care professionals who ask you questions? Have you wondered if they ever talk to each other? Then this course is for you!

Do you work in the field of health care? Are you at odds and butting heads with others in the work force just to get your job done? Then this course is for you!

Are you thinking about entering a health care profession but you're not sure which one? Do you wonder what it is like to work in health care? Then this course is for you!

Course description

Health Care Collaboration examines the role of the interdisciplinary health care team as it makes a difference in the lives of our patients. It prepares you, the student, to participate in case studies and other methods of collaboration within a multidisciplinary team. You will develop collaboration and communication skills and explore support and referral networks for yourself.

Prerequisite: None. This course is open to anyone who wants to feel better able to negotiate in a health care setting. Prior experience or current program enrollment in health care and human services recommended.

General Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the function of a multidisciplinary health care team and its impact on patient outcomes
  2. Explain the role of the student's profession within that team
  3. Demonstrate skills of effective collaboration and communication within a team
  4. Analyze a case study to assess and plan treatment
  5. Perform an interview of a former patient regarding collaborations's effect on health care
  6. Identify health care resources available for clients
  7. Compare different levels of health care
  8. Identify strengths of collaboration within one profession, and from another profession
  9. Develop professional networks for support and referrals

Course Credit

This course is worth 2 semester hours of credit at College of DuPage.


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