Interprofessional education (IPE) provides students from two or more professions the opportunity to “learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes,” according to the World Health Organization. Throughout their education and training, students participate in interprofessional experiences and activities designed to prepare them for collaborative practice including an introduction to IPE, a poverty simulation, and other events. Watch a video showing how students graduate prepared for a professional career.
Each College of Health department and school has unique Interprofessional Education opportunities. Majors such as Dietetics and Audiology work together on diabetes prevention involving balance testing and risk fall prevention in the Balance Lab. Students participate in interprofessional simulations, work within local communities dealing with substance abuse, and more.
Interprofessional Education and Practice is available in person and in the Interprofessional Education Virtual Simulation Lab which offers space for students to complete virtual learning experiences. The lab contains over 40 computers for students and regularly hosts class activities.
Students can also include Introduction to Health Consumerism as part of their core curriculum. Introduction to Health Consumerism supports students in becoming informed health care consumers and self-advocates. Students also learn about humanitarian aspects of health including health care history, the health care system, social determinants of health, culture as it relates to health care practice, and interprofessional collaboration and its importance in team-based healthcare.