Requirements at UBC

The health and human service programs at UBC are increasingly asking their students to complete a certain number of interprofessional education points as a required component of their program. In addition to a specific number of points, students are also required to complete certain types of activities - a given number of exposure and a given number of immersion activities. Students can use the Interprofessional Education Passport to find out how many IPE points and what types of activities student in their program are required to complete by viewing their Transcript Report.

Interprofessional Competencies

Through a combination of interprofessional learning activities, students will meet the interprofessional competencies outlined in the CIHC National Interprofessional Competency Framework (

By the end of their program, students should:

  • Understand their own role and the roles of those in other professions, and use this knowledge appropriately to establish and achieve patient/client/family and community goals(Role Clarification)
  • Be prepared to seek out, integrate and value, as a partner, the input and the engagement of the patient/client/family/community in designing and implementing care/services(Patient/Client/Family/Community-Centred Care)
  • Understand the principles of team work dynamics and group/team processes to enable effective interprofessional collaboration (Team Functioning)
  • Understand and be able to apply leadership principles that support a collaborative practice model (Collaborative Leadership)
  • Communicate with other professions in a collaborative, responsive and responsible manner (Interprofessional Communication)
  • Actively engage self and others, including the client/patient/family, in positively and constructively addressing disagreements as they arise. (Interprofessional Conflict Resolution)

Here is a brief explanation about the different levels of activities.

Exposure Level Activities - A one-time glance into interprofessional education or the roles of other professionals. - Exposure level activities provide junior students with opportunities to participate in parallel learning experiences with peers from other professions. This is an introductory stage that takes into account that one has to learn about one's own profession before one can truly begin to learn about other disciplines. The desired outcome at this stage is that students will gain a deeper understanding of their own profession while gaining a preliminary appreciation of the existence of different world views and of the roles of other professions.

Immersion Level Activities - An extended IPE experience that requires active performance and contribution. - Immersion level activities give more senior level students the opportunity to learn collaboratively with students from other professions. At this stage students have a more advanced knowledge of their profession gained through classroom and practice experiences. Students are provided with opportunities to learn about the strengths and limitations of their profession and challenge their ways of thinking and interacting with others. The desired outcome is for learners to acquire an interprofessional world view that incorporates multiple perspectives and accepts and encourages the contributions of others.