About Interprofessional Education
At USI, students from the health professions and related disciplines learn together about the provision of health care and health services, with the goal of improving communication, collaborative practice, and the quality and safety of patient care.
What is Interprofessional Education?
The World Health Organization defines Interprofessional Education as:
"When students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes".(WHO, 2010)
Learning together interprofessionally leads students to practice interprofessionally as they enter the workforce. This important concept, "Interprofessional Collaborative Practice", is described as:
"When multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers [sic], and communities to deliver the highest quality of care: (WHO, 2010)
Although effective interprofessional education may occur in different ways, it often involves the following elements:
- collaboration among one or more health professions;
- respectful communication among all team members;
- sharing of knowledge and skills;
- shared problem-solving;
- reflection on the interprofessional experience
USI is working hard to ensure that students are well-prepared to fully participate in the emerging health environment with excellent interprofessional knowledge and skills.
The development of interprofessional education in the United States mirrors the movement that is developing internationally.
Health professions degrees from USI include nursing, occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, respiratory therapy, dental hygiene, dental assisting, diagnostic medical sonography, food and nutrition, radiologic technology, and health services.