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What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

“Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.”

World Health Organization (WHO). (2010). Framework for action on Interprofessional education & collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization. See http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2010/WHO_HRH_HPN_10.3_eng.pdf

Additional Definitions

Interprofessional Education, or IPE, refers to a specific set of programming.  This varies from other campus opportunities where our students learn or participate together for different purposes than IPE. 

A few examples of other opportunities: 

Interdisciplinary Education is slightly different where programming draws on the knowledge and expertise of each field to enable fuller consideration of complex problems and more options for action.

Multiprofessional Education occurs when students from two or more professions learn/practice along side each other in parallel programming without interaction. 

Interprofessional is most often used in the clinical or practical setting.  Interdisciplinary is more commonly used in describing the education process. 

Discipline & Profession Example:

  • Discipline: Occupational Science
  • Profession: Occupational Therapy

OUHSC IPE Participants

Students, faculty, and staff participate in OUHSC Interprofessional Education activities from the following colleges/departments: 

Approximately 800 students are exposed to Interprofessional Education each year. 

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