The SPHHS is committed to offering students Interprofessional Education experiences. Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when two or more professions learn with, about, and from each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. In recognition of the importance of interprofessional collaborative practice in the workplace, accreditation bodies for multiple health professions, including public health, require students to engage in IPE as part of their educational programs.
The proven benefits of IPE and interprofessional teams include:
Preparing students from different health professions to work in a collaborative team environment
Fostering better health outcomes – higher quality patient care, lower healthcare costs, decreased lengths of inpatient stays, and reduced medical errors
Building stronger health systems – more effective communication, higher levels of coordination in care, and better understanding of roles among health professionals
In the on-campus MPH program, students complete the IPE requirement while enrolled in their MPH Project course (696D).