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Building Collaborations Across Sectors to Improve Population Health

3rd term
0.5 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Tue 01/21/2020 - Tue 02/18/2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Mark Bittle

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Provides an overview of the essential role of teams and teamwork in enhancing organizational performance and building multi-sector collaborations and partnerships in population health. Following deliberate, evidence-based methods for effective collaboration, identifies and discusses several key factors that can only be addressed through cross-sector efforts. These factors include the social determinants of health, complexity, context, and societal resistance. Introduces the Collective Impact Model, designed to tackle entrenched, socially complex issues, as an evidence-based model for effective, large scale, sustainable change.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the evidence behind the stages of team development, team performance, and the essential skills for collaborative teamwork
  2. Explain the elements of interdisciplinary team effectiveness and team leadership
  3. Understand the key principles of systems thinking, adaptive leadership, and complexity as it applies to communities and addressing deeply entrenched, socially complex issues such as the determinants of health
  4. Identify the characteristics of an effective, sustainable cross-sector collaboration, including mutual respect, maintaining a focus on shared values and goals, the roles of other professionals in solving public health problems, and methods of communicating with other professionals in ways that they understand
  5. Explain the essential elements of the Collective Impact framework as the foundation of effective, and sustainable cross-sector collaboration
Methods of Assessment:

Participation: 20% Quizzes: 60% Interprofessional Event: 20%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Full-time students enrolled in this course are required to participate in an on-campus Interprofessional Event. Dates will be assigned via students’ Department or MPH program.